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Elon Musk's transit loop adds new Resorts World Las Vegas station connecting the Strip with LVCC

2022-07-05
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The Boring Company has added a new passenger station to its LVCC Loop (part of the larger Las Vegas Loop), providing direct underground access to Resorts World Las Vegas. The new extension connects the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) station with the Las Vegas Strip, and is expected to transport nearly 2,000 passengers per hour between the two stations.

The development, a significant move ahead for the company founded by mogul Elon Musk, is set to make the trip between the LVCC West Station and Resorts World Las Vegas stops take just a few minutes. Hours for the new station will vary based upon the events scheduled at the Las Vegas Convention Center and convention calendar, reports InsideEVs.

The Boring Company’s Vegas Loop is an underground transportation system that allows passengers to hitch rides in Teslas to travel from one part of the city to the next. The network of tunnels is supposed to span about 34 miles and 55 stations when finished, and will include LVCC Loop and any future service extensions. It was greenlighted to extend from the Resort Corridor into downtown Las Vegas last month.

The new Resorts World Las Vegas passenger station marks an important milestone in the project, set to eventually transport thousands of passengers per hour throughout the resort corridor. “Today marks a monumental moment not only for our resort, but for Las Vegas,” said last Thursday Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas.

“Our passenger station will make a visit to our resort from the Las Vegas Convention Center easier than ever, and eventually connect us to key destinations throughout the city,” Sibella added. “Resorts World Las Vegas strives to transform the way people experience Las Vegas, and this offering does just that. We are proud to partner with The Boring Company on what we believe to be the future of travel."

Before the addition of the RWLV station, the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop was 1.7 miles long with three stops. The new fourth station is the first one to be completed as part of the larger Vegas Loop. Casinos and resorts are set to pay for the construction costs associated with their dedicated stations.

“In addition to offering our convention customers direct access to Resorts World’s world-class hospitality and entertainment, this milestone is an important step in the development of a game-changing transportation solution in Las Vegas,” Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said in a statement.

The Boring Company’s President Steve Davis had previously said he envisions tunneling for the Vegas Loop in downtown Las Vegas to start sometime in 2023. He also said the system will be relatively cheap for riders. For instance, a ride from the Fremont Street Experience downtown to Harry Reid International Airport, once that portion is operational, would cost about $12.

Permitting for portions of the Vegas Loop in the resort corridor is currently in various phases, reports Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Tropicana Loop on the south end of the Strip (including an Allegiant Stadium station), the Caesars Loop for Caesars Entertainment properties located along the central Strip area, and an offshoot between the Westgate and the Las Vegas Convention Center, are set to be the next parts to be constructed.

Each area can be built in separate phases and later be connected by tunnels. The Boring Company officials had previously said they expect some of those phases to be operational sometime in 2023. 

Attendees to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show were able to try out the tunnel beneath the LVCC. While it was reportedly less congested than walking the convention center floors, some riders said they experienced traffic backups in the tunnel, which holds a maximum of 70 cars at a time. The network transported about 15,000 to 17,000 passengers during each day of CES.

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