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Elon Musk’s Boring Company has received unanimous approval to expand its tunnel system under downtown Las Vegas. The expansion adds stops at landmarks such as the Stratosphere and Fremont Street, allowing customers to hop aboard a Tesla and travel from one part of the city to another.

The network of tunnels, called the Vegas loop, should span 29 miles and have 51 stops when completed. But for now, only 2.7 miles of tunnels under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) are operational, making what would be a 25-minute walk through the convention center in a two minute ride† The system uses Model X and Y human-operated vehicles to carry passengers, despite Musk’s previous statements about using sleds to transport cars through the tunnels.

Image: The Boring Company

This year’s CES attendees got to try out the tunnel under the LVCC for themselves, and some riders were not that impressed† While reportedly less crowded than walking the convention center floors, riders said they had traffic backups in the tunnelwhich contains a up to 70 cars at a time† The system transported about 15,000 to 17,000 passengers during each day of CES.

This most recent expansion brings The Boring Company closer to its goal of building a transportation system that spans the most popular destinations in Las Vegas. “Thanks to the entire City of Last Vegas team!” The boring company wrote on Twitter in response to the city’s approval. “Great discussion today and TBC is excited to build a safe, convenient and great transportation system in the city.”

Last October, The Boring Company was granted permission to dig under the Las Vegas Strip, allowing passengers to connect to several hotels, casinos and the McCarran International Airport. The Boring Company began digging under the hot spots earlier this year, as seen in a video of progress on Twitter

According to the Las Vegas Review JournalSteve Hill, the president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, expects the tunnel system under the Strip to begin serving customers in 2023. Hill says the section connecting the LVCC and Resorts World should be operational by the end of this year.


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