Musk's company receives contract to build underground transit system in Las Vegas

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Vehicles like this could be moving visitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2020 after the city's Convention and Visitors Authority approved a contact with Elon Musk's The Boring Co. for an underground people mover. This illustration shows a vehicle from a system previously proposed for Chicago.
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has approved a $48.7 million contract with Elon Musk’s Boring Co. to build an underground transit system for the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The system, which will require less than a mile of tunneling, will be served by autonomous electric vehicles based on Tesla Model X chassis. It will include three underground stations. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports design and permitting will begin immediately, with construction expected to begin around Labor Day. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2020, when the convention center opens a new exhibit hall.

It will be the first system built by the Boring Co., which had previously proposed high-speed tunnel systems in Los Angeles and Chicago. Chicago had selected Boring to build a system [see “Chicago chooses Musk firm for high speed line to O’Hare airport,” Trains News Wire, June 15, 2018], but that plan now appears to be dead.

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