The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority announced their recommendation to use Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to design and build a …
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority announced their recommendation to use Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to design and build a people mover underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Elon Musk’s The Boring Company Recommended For Tunnel Construction
The 14-member Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority (LVCVA) recommended Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) be selected to design, build, and operate a people mover underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), most known for hosting the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every year.
While the proposed project is limited for now to a loop underneath the LVCC, the LVCVA leaves open the possibility of expanding the project to incorporate major Las Vegas destinations, such as McCarren International Airport, Downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Resort Corridor and beyond.
“Las Vegas has maintained its reputation as a leading travel destination because we are driven by innovation and hospitality,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA CEO and President. “This project is an example of how our leading principles can create an experience benefiting our community and valued visitors.”
The LVCC is currently undergoing an expansion that hopes to extend the LVCC to 200 acres by CES 2021, set for January 2021. By then, attendees of the Convention facility would need to walk about 2 miles to go from one end of the convention center to the other, necessitating a new transportation system for the approximately 1 million convention goers every year.
“Las Vegas is a high-energy, high-technology destination equipped to welcome the world, and we are excited to deliver a system that will help visitors efficiently navigate the city’s many offerings,” said Steve Davis, President of TBC.
Choosing The Boring Company To Build The Loop, Hopes To Be Operational for CES 2021
Founded by Elon Musk, TBC focus is on building terrestrial transportation infrastructure at a lower cost than current infrastructure construction contractors. The TBC’s Research and Development Test Tunnel in Hawthorne, California is a fully-operational loop of 1.14 miles that reportedly costs less than $10 million per mile, factoring in internal tunnel infrastructure.
The LVCVA hopes to have the tunnel project completed in time for CES 2021.
Anyone who has attended CES can attest to the monumental traffic snarl of taxis, Ubers, and shuttle buses that occur around the LVCC during the convention. According to the initial proposal by TBC, the underground loop system can potentially move 11,000 people an hour at a total construction cost between $35 million and $55 million, depending on the number and size of the stations, as well as the route used.
This was apparently good enough to beat out competing finalists for the project. Now, TBC and the LVCVA will determine the specific design and construction plans that will become the final contract, which the LVCVA will need to approve in a Board meeting expected in June of this year.
“Las Vegas is on the cutting edge of technology and this project reflects the incredible work that’s taking shape right here in Southern Nevada,” said Larry Brown, LVCVA Board Chairman and Clark County Commissioner. “It’s exciting to have the Las Vegas Convention Center campus at the forefront of this historic development in our destination and we look forward to this new mass-transit solution with The Boring Company.”
There was some great news on Wednesday for The Boring Company though, and evidently, Musk wasn’t going to miss the chance to get his fingers …
If Elon Musk was busy last week, he’s swamped this week. The workaholic Tesla boss has his hands full at the best of times overseeing one of the world’s most valuable car companies (Tesla), a ground-breaking private space exploration enterprise (Space X) and his lesser-known but equally interesting public-transit company (The Boring Company). Telsa has been occupying a lot of media coverage lately, with safety concerns and company layoffs. On Monday his schedule got even more hectic as he was forced to file a response to a worrying SEC complaint which wants to hold him in contempt of Federal Court.
The SEC want to stop him tweeting, and Elon said (roughly speaking) “you can take my titles, but you’ll never take my tweets” citing his first amendment rights. Many political commentators thought this was absolutely the wrong way to go. There was some great news on Wednesday for The Boring Company though, and evidently, Musk wasn’t going to miss the chance to get his fingers tapping,
Looking forward to building a Boring Company tunnel in Vegas. Assuming to be operational by end of year! https://t.co/cSSO4SJ140
Space X Can Help us Reach Another World, But the Boring Company Can Improve This One
Elon Musk is an innovator and a problem solver first and a businessman second. What he excels at is creating groundbreaking products and marketing them in a way that generates an almost religious following. Tesla launched an electric car when no one could make one that looked and performed better than a cereal box. He changed the plug-in vehicle game forever. But now what? Its already worth more than GM and electric cars are becoming the norm rather than the exception, as is development in self-driving technology. Teslas use rubber tires and environmentally expensive battery manufacturing processes.Most of their charging stations use dirty power grids like everyone else.
Elon Musk loves to be on the cutting edge of innovation and Tesla is the mainstream now. It’s Beverly Hill’s Prius (a little joke for the Los Angelenos there). His biggest goal is he wants to get to Mars, but for sure he wants to keep making a difference on earth too. As a resident of the West-Side of Los Angeles, Musk knows what pain traffic causes in urban areas as much as anyone. Well, the Boring Company seeks to solve these problems by creating a more efficient, speedier and safer public transportation system. In LA everything is so built up over the ground, underground provides a unique opportunity.
Losing the Tesla CEO position might be exactly the jolt Musk needs. Of all his companies, Boring Company needs him the most. A safe pair of hands could push Tesla along at this point. All you need is to avoid scandals and keep coming up with fun updates for the cars. Much like Tim Cook is doing at Apple without Steve Jobs. Musk has laid out enough of a vision for the future of the company with all the planned models that there isn’t much “envisioning” left to do. Boring Company needs a push at this stage; however, as with Urban centers around the world increasingly getting busier, infrastructure is groaning.
Lack of Urban Infrastructure a Major Obstacle to Global Growth
The US Government have so far failed to address this issue meaningfully. With all the talk of the wall and raising taxes and Russia, everyone has forgotten that both sides want to spend money on the US’s crumbling infrastructure. Bi-partisan concessions or agreement seem to be toxic in Washington at the moment, which is a shame as it means this vital project is, once again, left to gather dust on the steps.
Boring by Name, Not By Nature
Look at how the Boring Company came to be created in this quote from Musk on Joe Rogan’s show,
“I have this, it’s sort of a hobby company, called The Boring Company, which started out as a joke, And we decided to make it real and dig a tunnel under LA. And then other people asked us to build tunnels, so we said yes in a few cases.”
Well, what started as a joke might turn out to be pivotal in making the 15-mile, 2-hour commute a thing of the past. It could be Musk’s enduring legacy if he doesn’t get people to Mars.
While I’m thinking about it, someone @ Elon musk or The Boring Company and ask him/them to take over California’s high-speed rail project. Billions could be saved as they wouldn’t need to worry about buying so much land. It could also be more direct as it wouldn’t affect any protected areas. Get digging guys.
“By the way, my accent? It’s correct,” “Musk” told a sold out theater on Friday night toward the beginning of “his” SXSW Comedy keynote, Elon Musk: The Frightening and Awful Future of Humanity. “I’m South African and also Canadian, so I’m evil but kind of shy about it.”
If you’re thinking something looks a little different about Mindy Tucker‘s “Musk” portrait from SXSW 2019, it’s not the choice of sweater. “When I’m doing an impression, I’m most interested in making fun of folks who are already larger-than-life personalities: bombastic figures, figures with giant egos, and maybe bigger blind spots—I love that,” “Elon,” aka comedian James Adomian, tells Ars. “That’s what makes it interesting to me and the audience. I’m not going to be doing a Robert De Niro impression. Obviously, sometimes you do an impression someone else has done before, but you want your own take on it, and that involves finding the craziest thing about them and exaggerating it—that’s where the comedy is. It’d be boring if I didn’t pick big targets.”
Adomian is a veteran of the LA comedy scene, and he’s perhaps better known for his work on Comedy Bang! Bang! or some of his political impressions, like George W. Bush once upon a time or Bernie Sanders more recently (a personality that toured extensively in a much-lauded Trump v. Berniecomedy tour). But about a year ago, Musk tended to be all over the news: the Falcon Heavy launched with Starman, Tesla Autopilot bosses became Spinal Tap drummers, the concept of hyperloops was turning five years old. And Adomian himself was certainly aware of the entrepreneur’s situation given all the “crazy SpaceX rocket launches in LA that surprised and terrified everybody” at that time.
So, while the comedian isn’t sure if he first pulled it out on a podcast or during SXSW 2018 improv sets, he definitely had a new impression ready for the world—one kinda, sorta born out of an old Sebastian Gorka-as-Bond villain idea.
“Elon Musk is one of the most bombastic millionaires, even if his personality is kind of shy, overtly shy,” Adomian tells Ars. “I thought, ‘This is juicy—this is a guy reaching to Mars, running so many companies, getting kicked off of companies, maybe facing penalties for Twitter—which is a level of online few people attain. So I started doing it here and there, depending on how much he’s in the news. And as soon as I started talking about doing SXSW this year, one of the first ideas was, ‘Why don’t we do an Elon Musk keynote? I did a fake Bernie one last year that was popular, let’s do that again but with Elon Musk.'”
Thus, Elon Musk: The Frightening and Awful Future of Humanity was born. Adomian tinkered and honed his impression on and off throughout the last year between appearances on Chapo Trap House as “Musk” or by doing the audio book for Scott Dikkers’ parody tome, Welcome to the Future, Which Is Mine. This week at SXSW, the line to get into comedy venue Esther’s Follies for the show started more than an hour and a half ahead of showtime. But once the curtain finally lifted, “Musk” addressed adoring fans for more than an hour about all sorts of his projects: SpaceX, Tesla, and The Boring Company, obviously, but he also tapped into old PayPal war stories and provided updates on things like Neuralink.
Ars was far from the only Musk-curious would-be attendee to miss out, but Adomian happily filled us in on what went down. With real-life Musk having such grand ambitions all the time, SXSW “Musk” obviously needed the same level of grandiose goals for his keynote. As such, in Future of Humanity Musk set out to do a live rocket launch to Mars during SXSW 2019. Without spoiling anything major (Adomian says he had the performance filmed and a full video will be coming soon), “Musk” does things like solve the city’s pedicab crisis with Tesla battery-powered artificial intelligence pedicabs, he talks trash about the SEC, drills a Boring Company tunnel toward the center of the Earth, and the eccentric CEO demonstrates the latest Neuralink technology being developed for the eventual SpaceX journey to Mars.
“He always spins off these ideas, and you’re like, ‘Is this a serious project or did you come up with it at 2am while stoned?'” Adomian says. “So we had him upload his consciousness into a Teddy Ruxpin doll from the ’80s because it was analogue and sturdy enough to withstand very low temperatures in the vacuum of space.”
The show has plenty of surprise guests, too—there are martial arts battles with Alex Jones and musical interludes from Grimes. “She’s this anarchist, anti-corporate, pop punk musical artist, then she starts dating Elon and she now has a song called, ‘We Appreciate Power,'” Adomian says. “‘Being with him isn’t anything I believe in, but here I am—he has billions of dollars.’”
If Adomian’s Musk grew out of a Gorka-done-as-Bond villain, let’s just call this SXSW keynote his Moonraker.
“I was even talking shit about NASA and JPL, which is funny because some of those guys are here in the audience for the 50th anniversary of Apollo,” Adomian says. “Elon Musk is just clowning on them: ‘Congratulations on your blue ribbon at the science fair, guys.’”
Ultimately, “Musk’s” 2019 SXSW keynote may be just the start. Despite how high-profile Musk-adjacent accomplishments and companies seem to be, Musk himself is still a relativity untapped personality within the comedy world—SNL hasn’t even tossed his likeness into a skit yet. “Everyone knows who he is, everyone pays attention to him, everyone follows the news about Tesla, or SpaceX, or his crazy personal escapades, but I’ve never seen him made fun of on TV or anything like that,” Adomian says.
The real Musk’s profile is likely only going to get bigger from here. SpaceX’s recent successful test of the crewed Dragon capsule means a highly publicized partnership to fly NASA astronauts will go forward soon. Tesla’s recent Model 3 announcements may spread those EVs to more consumers. And it feels like every other month brings about a new potential customer for The Boring Company or another Hyperloop concept competition. “I’ll be doing Elon ’til one of us shoots us to Mars,” as Adomian puts it.
Based on Musk’s public track record to date, there will be no shortage of material: viral photos of him smoking weed, submarine proposals to save kids tragically stuck in caves, the routine trolling of government agencies on Twitter. For the impressionist impresario, that situation suits him just fine. Based on his observations, Adomian thinks Musk must have some ability to laugh at himself (it’s likely some SpaceX employee attending SXSW has already caught wind of the “Musk” bits before). And the Musk headspace remains a place the comedian is happy to tinker within.
“Sometimes I have to make fun of people I hate—I didn’t always enjoy doing George W. Bush because it was kind of sickening to put myself in his headspace all the time, but I felt it was my duty to have him blithely confessing to war crimes,” Adomian says. “Then there are people I admire and get to make fun of, like Bernie Sanders. That’s like making fun of your favorite professor as a student—I love you, but I’m still laughing at you.
“With Elon Musk, I don’t know how to categorize him—he’s a historical figure and I’m lucky to be alive at the same time,” Adomian continues. “If I was alive 100 years ago, I’d want to do a Nikola Tesla. When I’m making fun of Elon, it’s mean, and I’m making him look bad, but I’m kind of fascinated by his vision. I’m of two minds: he’s someone that’s sort of shaping our culture at the highest level—science, the future of evolution—and I think he’s someone that makes some big missteps. But I can’t fault anyone for taking moonshots.”
The Boring Company’s Las Vegas tunnel has taken a step forward, after the board of directors for the city’s Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) …
The Boring Company’s Las Vegas tunnel has taken a step forward, after the board of directors for the city’s Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) recently voted in favor of the tunneling startup and its proposed 2-mile people-mover project.
The proposed Las Vegas transport line involves digging a series of underground tunnels that could carry passengers around the LVCVA’s campus. The 2-mile tunnel would initially encompass the convention center, but if successful, it could be expanded to other points in the city such as McCarran International Airport. The tunneling startup expects the initial project to cost somewhere along the range of $35 million and $55 million.
Steve Hill, LVCVA’s president and CEO, expects The Boring Company’s transport tunnel could serve a purpose beyond just transporting visitors from one point in the campus to another. “I think the system is an attraction in and of itself,” Hill said in a statement to The Verge.
Initial goals for the project point to the transit system being fully functional before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2021, though Elon Musk has expressed has stated on Twitter that the transport system could be operational by the end of the year.
A project such as the Las Vegas transport line is practically tailor-fit for a tunneling startup like The Boring Company. At just two miles long, the project is not too far from the scale of the company’s test tunnel in Hawthorne, CA, which is just over one mile long and constructed using Godot, a conventional tunnel boring machine. With further optimizations in its tunneling processes and the deployment of Line-Storm (a hybrid TBM that employs both conventional and electric systems), the Las Vegas tunnel could be completed well within the project’s ambitious timeframe and cost.
The location of the project will be advantageous for the tunneling startup as well, since Las Vegas is only a few hundred miles away from The Boring Company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. This will allow the tunneling startup to immediately address any issues that could arise while the transport line is being constructed.
The Las Vegas transport line could very well become The Boring Company’s first commercial undertaking. While the startup is involved in several high-profile projects, some of its initiatives, such as the Chicago-O’Hare transport line, have been met with political headwinds. Amidst the impending departure of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was widely supportive of the high-speed transport project, several candidates in the mayoral elections have begun to call for a re-evaluation of the tunneling startup’s plans.
For Boring Company President Steve Davis, the Las Vegas tunnel provides a good balance of simplicity and scale. “It’s simpler than some of our other projects. When people come and use this system, they’ll like it or not like it, and if they like it there are useful places to go,” he said.
Las Vegas chose the Boring Company to build an underground ‘people mover’; Elon Musk says he expects the tunnel to be ‘operational by the end of …
Elon Musk‘s tunneling company has gotten the greenlight to get started on its next project.
The Las Vegas visitors authority selected the Boring Company to build an underground ‘people mover’ as part of a massive convention center expansion.
In a tweet late Tuesday, Musk said he expects the tunnel to be ‘operational by the end of [the] year.’
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A concept design of the entrance to the Boring Company’s express-route loop tunnel in Las Vegas. Elon Musk said Tuesday that he expects the tunnel to be operational by late 2019
The Boring Company will design, construct and operate a convention center transport system consisting of a loop of express-route tunnels capable of carrying passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
‘Looking forward to building a Boring Company tunnel in Vegas,’ Musk said in a message fired off on Twitter.
If the tunnel isn’t ready by the end of 2019, the Boring Company is eyeing a completion date of January 2021, just in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
A final contract for the project was to be negotiated and presented for approval at a meeting in June.
The cost was expected to range from $35 million to $55 million, depending on the route and number and size of stations.
While the route would only serve the convention center, the LVCVA said it could potentially expand the tunnel to connect downtown, the McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor and other parts of the city.
A map of proposed Boring Company tunnel routes connecting to the convention center. The LVCVA said it has the potential to be expanded to include other destinations around the city
The firm will construct a loop of express-route tunnels that can carry riders in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. Pictured is a concept design of a transport vehicle
The Las Vegas Convention Center will cover some 200 acres when the expansion is completed.
A walk from one end to the other would stretch approximately two miles, creating a need for ‘an on-property guest transportation solution,’ according to the visitors authority.
It marks the latest in a series of contracts won by the Boring Company to construct high-speed tunnels in a major urban area.
Most recently, the Boring Company’s plans to build an express loop in Chicago have been called into question with the upcoming mayoral race.
The city had previously agreed to move forward with the Boring Company’s plan to construct a high-speed tunnel connecting the O’Hare International Airport and the downtown district.
Aside from the Boring Company’s high-speed loop tunnel, the city of Las Vegas also received proposals to build trams, gondolas and monorails.
‘Las Vegas is a high-energy, high-technology destination equipped to welcome the world, and we are excited to deliver a system that will help visitors efficiently navigate the city’s many offerings,’ said Steve Davis, president of The Boring Company, in a statement.
Davis told the Verge that the Boring Company is considering using Model Xs, Model 3s or another specially designed vehicle to transport passengers in the underground tunnel.
A proposed map of possible extensions for the tunnel beyond the convention center. The route could be extended to parts of downtown, as well as the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor
Musk late last year took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic.
The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX put the spotlight on the a 1.14 mile (1.8 kilometer) tunnel created by his Boring Company in Southern California for about $10 million.
The sample tunnel is part of Musk’s vision to have an underground network that cars, preferably Teslas, can be lowered to by lifts, then slotted into tracks and propelled along at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kmh).
Musk founded the Boring company slightly more than two years ago as a self-financed, side-endeavor to his work at Tesla and SpaceX.
The broad vision is that electric vehicles on city streets would be able to easily drop into tunnels or rise out using elevator platforms built into streets, or ramps where space allows.
WHAT IS ELON MUSK’S ‘BORING’ PLAN?
When Elon Musk first announced his plans to bore a tunnel to his SpaceX offices in Los Angeles, it was hard to know if he was simply venting his frustrations about being stuck in traffic.
‘Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…’, he tweeted in December of 2016.
He ended his rant on the social media site with: ‘I am actually going to do this’.
The billionaire’s tunnel-digging firm ‘The Boring Company’ has presented its plans to build a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting. Pictured is an image shared by Musk in October of the firm’s test tunnel in Los Angeles
The billionaire first tweeted a picture of his firm’s boring machine back in February 2017 with the caption ‘Minecraft’ – a reference to the popular video game in which players dig large tunnel networks for resources.
On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Boring Company presented plans to build the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting.
According to the plans, the privately-funded tunnel would carry cars on ‘electric skates’ at 150 miles per hour (240 kph) to help with LA’s ‘soul-destroying’ congestion.
The proposed route goes through West Los Angeles passing underneath Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.
The tunnel could also make Hyperloop adoption viable.
Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at over 600 miles per hour (965.6 kilometers per hour) between distant locations.
Musk’s proposed first tunnel will run from LAX to Culver City, then to Santa Monica, and end in Westwood. Musk claims the tunnel trip will take five minutes, compared to 45 minutes driving in normal LA traffic
It was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes – half the time it takes a plane.
It is essentially a long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum.
The tube is suspended off the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.
In August of 2017, Elon Musk took to social media to share progress on his traffic-beating tunnel beneath Los Angeles, revealing it was big enough to fit a Tesla Model S
Here’s where the Boring Company’s current projects stand:
Hawthorne: A test tunnel has been permitted and is under construction.
Los Angeles: An excavation permit application has been submitted to the City of Los Angeles. The project would be a 6.5 mile (10.5 km) proof-of-process tunnel which would run within the City of Los Angeles and Culver City.
East Coast: The Boring Company says its working with federal and state officials on a DC-to-Baltimore route which would then be extended to New York. The State of Maryland has granted permission for 10.1 miles of tunnel beneath the state-owned part of the Baltimore-Washington. The company has released details of twin tunnels for 35 miles from downtown DC to downtown Baltimore, beneath New York Avenue and then the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. In the future this could be extended to New York.
Chicago: The Boring Company has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport in mere minutes.