Musk's Boring Co. recommended for transit project in Las Vegas

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This rendering shows the vehicles for the proposed Boring Co. project to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The company is being recommended for a new transit project in Las Vegas.
The Boring Co.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Elon Musk’s Boring Co. may get another chance to build an express-tunnel transit system.

The Associated Press reports that Las Vegas’ tourism agency is recommending Musk’s company to build a transit system to connect an expanded convention center, with eventual growth to the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

The initial system, just over a mile in length, could be in service by January 2021. Construction costs are estimated at $35 million to $55 million.

The system would serve entrances at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is being expanded to handle major events such as the Consumer Electronics Show. When completed, it would be a 2-mile walk from one end to the other, prompting the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to seek a transit system.

The Boring Co. had proposed high-speed tunnel systems in Los Angeles and Chicago, but both projects are facing opposition. In Los Angeles, the Boring Co. cancelled plans for a test tunnel after a group filed a lawsuit over disruptions during the tunneling process. In Chicago, neither candidate in a mayoral runoff election supports a proposed project connecting downtown Chicago to O’Hare Airport [see "Chicago chooses Musk firm for high speed line to O'Hare airport," Trains News Wire, June 15, 2018].

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