FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, a tunnel boring machine sits at the bottom of a construction site during a media tour at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Workers have completed the second of two underground tunnels for a people mover connecting exhibit halls at the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center. A spokeswoman says a drilling machine reached the end of the nearly 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) tunnel a little before 1 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020.
LAS VEGAS — Workers completed the second of two underground
tunnels early Thursday for a people mover connecting exhibit halls at an
expanded Las Vegas Convention Center, a project spokeswoman said.
Convention and Visitors Authority official Erica Johnson
said a drilling machine reached the end of the nearly 1-mile tunnel a little
before 1 a.m.
The $52.5 million people-mover is being built by billionaire
Elon Musk's company, called The Boring Co. It is due to open in time for the
CES trade show in January 2021. Organizers say the annual gadget show drew more
than 175,000 attendees this year.
The underground transit system will move conventioneers in
self-driving Tesla electric vehicles using parallel tunnels between three
exhibit hall and parking stations. Trips will take less than two minutes.
The system is key to an ongoing $980 million convention
center expansion that includes adding a three-story, 1.4 million square-foot building
across the street from existing exhibit halls.
Johnson said a planned renovation of the current
single-story convention campus has been put on hold amid budget concerns
prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.