The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has provided a first look inside Elon Musk's innovative underground transportation system located beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) campus. The first-of-its-kind transportation solution, named the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, is operational and will be available when LVCC welcomes its first major convention, World of Concrete, in June 2021.
The $52.5 million system will serve as a fun and quick way to move convention attendees throughout the more than 200-acre campus, all 40 feet beneath the ground in all-electric Tesla vehicles. Plans have been announced to develop an expanded system throughout the resort corridor, known as the Vegas Loop, which will ease traffic congestion and offer a new transportation option for visitors from as far north as Downtown Las Vegas, throughout the Strip and as far south as Allegiant Stadium.
The company constructed two one-way, .8-mile vehicular tunnels and three passenger stations to connect the existing convention centre campus to the 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall expansion. The system will allow up to 4,400 convention attendees per hour to be whisked across the sprawling campus in just under two minutes, free of charge. By foot, the walk would take approximately 25 minutes. Instead, passengers are carried in all-electric Tesla vehicles to their destination. Vehicles have capacity to go 150 mph but will travel at 35-40 mph due to the short distance of the tunnels. The system will be staffed with drivers initially with the plan to operate them autonomously in the future.
"We are excited to have partnered with Elon's company to bring this transportation 'first' to our valued convention customers", says Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO. "The expanded Loop system, when developed, will be a game-changer and a new 'must experience' attraction for our visitors".