2 major casinos want in on Elon Musk's Las Vegas project — potentially kickstarting the Boring Company's bid to connect the entire Strip
Elon Musk's Boring Company completed two tunnels at the Las Vegas Convention Center in May.
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Last month, Elon Musk's tunneling company reached an important milestone on its first project at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Now two casinos say they want tunnels too.
The new orders could be a catalyst for Boring Company's plan to connect all of the city's casinos to the airport and more.
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The Las Vegas monorail has another new transportation project hoping to steal its thunder.
Elon Musk's Boring Company is nearing completion of the convention center's People Mover and now has two casinos for new tunnels connecting it to the event space. Wynn Resorts and Resorts World, which are scheduled to open in 2021, have submitted plans to the city to connect their hotels to the ongoing project.
The Verge, which reported on the project for the first time, released land use applications for the new tunnels that paint a picture of Tesla vehicles that will quickly take passengers from the casino to the convention center. What used to be 30 minutes on foot now only takes a few minutes to drive 1.5 miles (before waiting times are taken into account).
Here is the map as tweeted by a local politician:
Elon Musk officially asks to add Tesla tunnels from the convention center to Wynn and Resort World
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In May, the Boring Company officially completed the construction of two tunnels in the convention center. This is an important milestone for your first paid project. Nevertheless, the thesis behind it - which was shaped by Musk as "individualized local transport" - was criticized by actual traffic planners as a completely new product. After all, a car takes up as much space underground as it does on the street.
A Tesla emerging from the Boring Company's Hawthorne tunnel during a press demonstration.
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That doesn't mean that the tunnels aren't cool - or that Vegas vacationers don't praise that they're escaping the oppressive desert heat.
"I think public transportation is painful. It sucks," Musk said at a Tesla event in 2017. "Why do you want to do something with a lot of other people that doesn't go where you want them to?" Don't start where you want it, don't end where you want it? And it doesn't work all the time. "
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But on the other hand, if there's a new form of transportation anywhere, it's Las Vegas. The city is one of the few remaining places where there is still a futuristic Alweg monorail that transports more than 13,000 people a day.
Finally, the Boring Company wants to connect its tunnels to the entire strip and the airport to bring real benefits to its own public transportation network in Las Vegas.
"Congress guests no longer have to worry about long walks or traffic jams around the convention center," Resorts World said in its press release. "You could bring the transportation system to Resorts World Las Vegas for lunch, meetings or personal appointments and return to your conference or exhibition in a matter of minutes."
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