The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Wednesday approved a $48.6 million contract for Boring to build and operate a loop of underground tunnels that would carry people in autonomous electric vehicles at the city’s convention center. The total cost of the projected is expected to be $52.5 million.
The underground transit system will whisk passengers in electric vehicles from one end of the convention center to the other — less than one mile.
The LVCVA recommended in March that Boring Company be chosen to construct the tunnels as the convention center goes through an expansion, which will make it span 200 acres in 2021, just in time for CES. The project will potentially connect downtown Las Vegas, the convention center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and more.
The contract calls for the system to be running by 2021, but Musk tweeted in March that he’ll make the tunnel “operational by end of year,” even though the convention center’s expansion won’t be done until 2021.
The Boring Company is all about high-speed underground tubes. Two years ago, Musk said he was going to build a tunneling machine to take transport subterranean. Then, in December, Musk officially opened the first Boring Company test tunnel under SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Musk wants to build a tunnel from the western neighborhoods to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and a 35-mile line of twin tunnels from Washington, DC, to Baltimore.
The Boring Company has also landed a contract with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to build the express loop system to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The Boring Company and LVCVA didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.