WATCH: Boring machine breakthrough
The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), which is tunneling into history with the creation of an underground transportation system, is celebrating a milestone. This week, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) announced that the excavation of the first of two vehicular one-way tunnels has been completed for TBC —The Boring Company d/b/a Vegas Loop’s underground system.
After tunneling 40 feet underground for nearly a mile over three months, the boring machine penetrated the concrete wall near the 1.4-million-square-foot West Hall convention center expansion, now under construction as part of a $1.52 billion renovation of the entire LVCC campus.
The Loop — designed as a fast and fun transportation system to move up to 4,400 convention attendees throughout the campus every hour, for free, in one minute in electric Tesla vehicles — is being built at a cost of $52.5 million. It will include three passenger stations that link the existing 3.2 million square feet of convention space with the new West Hall.
“This marks an important milestone in the future of transportation,” says Steve Hill, the LVCVA’s CEO and president. “Las Vegas is proud to lead the way as the first and only destination to offer an underground transportation solution for moving visitors throughout our convention center.”
Next up: The disassembled boring machine is being transported by truck and lowered back into the launch pit near the LVCC’s South Hall, where it will bore a parallel path adjacent to the first tunnel.
The Loop is scheduled to debut in January 2021.