Drilling Begins for Underground People Mover at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Regina McGee, Senior News Editor
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The Boring Company prepares to lower the drill head for the People Mover tunnel which will connect convention halls as part of the LVCCD Phase 2 construction in the Red Lot east of the south Hall at the Las Vegas Convention center on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau)
LAS VEGAS – Elon Musk’s Boring Company on Friday began drilling a tunnel for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s people mover.
The $52.5 million transportation system will allow convention attendees to travel the expanse of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s 200-acre campus in approximately one minute, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
The underground people mover will include three passenger stations that connect the convention center’s 3.2 million square-foot space with the 1.4 million square-foot West Hall, which is now under construction. When completed next December, the West Hall will be the largest column-free facility in North America.
Slotted for completion in January 2021, in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the underground people mover system will be comprised of two vehicular tunnels with an expected total length of one mile each. There will be an elevator/escalator system for passenger access to each station, as well as covered pedestrian entrances and exits.
According to the LVCVA, the system will have the potential to expand and to link key visitor attractions throughout Las Vegas, including Downtown Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.
“Las Vegas will continue to elevate the experience of our visitors with innovation, such as with this project, and by focusing on the current and future needs of our guests,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA CEO and president, in a statement.
Reach Steve Hill at (702) 892-0711 or shill@lvcva.com.