First Operational Boring Tunnel Under Vegas Almost Done, Elon Musk Announces

Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the first operational tunnel under Las Vegas was almost done on Tuesday. “Tunnels under cities with self-driving …

Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the first operational tunnel under Las Vegas was almost done on Tuesday. “Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive,” wrote the founder of The Boring Company.

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Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive

First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done

The @BoringCompany

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 15, 2020

This is pretty impressive as excavation for the tunnel was just completed last February. The new transit line will be known as the Loop and will be planned as a tunnel with a modified Tesla Model X frame.

The novel tunnel will carry 16 passengers maximum, up to 155 MPH along its underground tunnels. The Las Vegas Convention Center has been undergoing expansions since last year.

The building has expanded to add some extra segments which include 600,000 square feet (55,742 square meters) of rentable, exhibition space. The Loop will serve to connect the two buildings and minimize the 15-minute walk down to a 1-minute ride.

Free rides, everyone?

The Boring Company also plans on digging a second tunnel. This one will connect, amongst other areas, the downtown Las Vegas, the Vegas strip, and even Las Vegas with Los Angeles.

Perhaps what’s most exciting is that Musk has promised to offer free rides on the newly completed tunnel. Back in May 2018, the CEO wrote an Instagram post with the following caption: “First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months. Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success.”

Will you take a ride through Musk’s tunnel?

Elon Musk Hints Boring Company will Build Loops in Austin, Texas as Las Vegas Tunnel is Almost …

Boring Company CEO Elon Musk’s vision of warping out of traffic will soon come true as the company’s first operational tunnel under Las Vegas is …

Boring Company CEO Elon Musk’s vision of warping out of traffic will soon come true as the company’s first operational tunnel under Las Vegas is almost done while they plan to expand in Austin, Texas.

In a series of tweet posted on Tuesday, Musk said: “Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done.”

Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive

First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done

The @BoringCompany

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 15, 2020

The Boring Co. aims to bypass traffic by creating an underground traffic system, which is made of earthquake-resistant tunnels that are super safe. In 2017, Musk tweeted that he did not like the heavy traffic and vowed to build tunnels to avoid it.

The tech billionaire also thought of building more tunnels with trains or cars as each large city on Earth is pestered by worsening traffic. “Multi-level tunnels might solve this, so worth trying,” said Musk.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Tunnel From Las Vegas to Los Angeles

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tunnel From Las Vegas to Los Angeles

With the company’s second tunnel in Las Vegas called the Vegas Loop is near completion within just under 3 months after completing the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, the Boring Company will soon open the tunnels to the public. This will cut driving time from the Las Vegas Convention Center to Mandalay Bay to just three minutes, which can take up to 30 minutes during typical peak hours.

The Vegas Loop

(Photo : The Boring Company)

The Vegas Loop

The tunnel is scheduled for public launch in January 2021. Once the project is completed, visitors will be transported from one end of the Convention Center to to the other side using Tesla electric vehicles Model X and 3 as well as a trams made from Model 3, which will serve as shuttles to make the two-minute journey.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Tunnel: Las Vegas Loop

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tunnel: Las Vegas Loop

LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill said the drivers will drive at the launch of the system while vehicles will follow sensors and lines in tunnels as they move along the tunnel. After the completion of the second tunnel, the company will link the Las Vegas tunnels to the company’s existing tunnels in Los Angeles, which would cut the current five-hour drive to just two hours or less without carbon emissions.

Loops in Austin?

Musk’s Las Vegas project is highly appreciated by representatives who picked The Boring Co. for the city’s dual tunnel system, which can transport passengers in small autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs). Aside from Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the CEO also aims to build a system that links Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago.

Loops in Austin?

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Loops in Austin?


As one of his fans who suggested on Twitter that the company could also build a tunnel under Tesla’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, Musk simply replied: “For sure.”

Well, that is something to look forward to as a tunnel system under the factory can help reduce pressure on nearby roads, which is expected once the factory becomes operational.

The benefits of tunnel transport system:

  • The construction and operation of the underground tunnel system will be invisible at the surface, producing no vibration and noise.
  • Does not use public right-of-way for construction or operation, so no communities will be divided.
  • Ensures higher speeds and straighter alignments for comfortable and convenient transport.
  • Operation is weatherproof and unaffected by any weather situation.

The tunnel system provides limitless benefits for the community and people. If only Musk can build tunnels in all cities.

Read also: Elon Musk’s 5 Seemingly Crazy Ideas That Actually Came True

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Elon Musk is charged about prospects of self-driving EVs in tunnels under cities

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is nearing completion of an underground loop in Las Vegas which would zip people at 241 kmph. The loop is around 1.33 …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been a vocal supporter of self-driving or autonomous vehicles and claims these are safer than conventional vehicles that have humans controlling the wheel. He has also in the past made a case for driving underground and his Boring Company is fast nearing completion on a tunnel project in Las Vegas which could cut down traffic times significantly. It is hardly surprising then that Musk has made a case for self-driving cars and tunnel transportation to come together in what he terms as a ‘warp drive.’

Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday (US time) to inform that the tunnel project under Las Vegas is nearing completion. “Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive. First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done,” he wrote on his handle on the micro-blogging site.

The tweet once again set off a wave of excitement among many of the millions who follow Musk on Twitter. Among them are people who believe that tunnel road transportation could indeed solve most of the traffic woes that global cities currently face.

The Strip in Las Vegas, for instance, required a transportation solution because of the high volume of tourists it handles. Musk’s Boring Company made a successful bid of $52.5 million to build a tunnel transport system which came to be known as the LVCC loop. The project was started in October of 2019 and is now nearing completion.

The twin 0.83-mile-long (1.33 kilometer), 14-foot-wide tunnels will cut down a travel time of 15 minutes to just under a minute. Musk has previously confirmed that the loop will make use of modified, on-rails electric sedans that will zip people at speeds of up to 150 mph (241 kmph).

Warp drive indeed!

Musk and Boring Company are reportedly eyeing more such projects which could ensure lightning quick transport solutions to cities currently grappling with choke points.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company to begin drilling Las Vegas tunnel later this month

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will officially begin drilling for its underground tunnel in Las Vegas later this month, according to the Las Vegas …

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will officially begin drilling for its underground tunnel in Las Vegas later this month, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The tunnel will allow the Las Vegas Convention Center’s visitors the opportunity to travel quickly from place to place.

The TBM is currently 40 feet underground, with the machine expected to be started later this month, initiating the first drilling phases of the two, mile-long tunnels. The transportation system is expected to move people between three stations in less than one minute, making traveling in the LVCC area easier and more convenient.

Progress of the project has ramped up heavily within the past couple of months. In September, Boring Co. began shipping portions of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) to the site, along with a cutter head and mixing chamber. Just a month later in late October, heavy machinery was present as the site entered its full construction phase with workers beginning the building of a passenger station at the end of the transport tunnel. On top of that, a tunnel boring machine was assembled around this time, making it evident construction was scheduled to be underway soon.

Since these reports, the site has really started to take shape. A 24/7 livestream of the site shows the outlines of the passenger station, along with cranes and other pieces of heavy machinery visible, suggesting the most crucial portions of the project are underway.

Now, with the reports of the machine underground and ready to begin making progress toward boring out the tunnel, the project’s intended completion time before the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021 seems realistic. Sources close to Teslarati reported in October that there were no known hold-ups in the construction process or building department.

The Las Vegas tunnel will cost $52.5 million and is one of five current projects listed on the Boring Co. website. While CEO of the LVCVA Steve Hill has highlighted the project as an innovative way for Las Vegas residents and visitors to navigate quickly, it was a hard-fought battle to get the contract approved by all board members.

Some members wanted the Austria-based Doppelmayr Garaventa Group to conduct an above-ground project, citing the 125-year history of the company would be a safer option. “They already have projects here that are operating successfully. The Boring Co. is three years old and has yet to deliver a final package on anything,” Michele Fiore, an LVCVA board member wrote.

The Boring Co. was an idea by Musk that would eliminate the increasingly frustrating traffic in his base city of Los Angeles. Since the overwhelming support of the company from his supporters, Boring Co. has branched out to other areas, like the Las Vegas’ project, a pre-approved Baltimore-Washington hyperloop, and a Chicago tunnel whose contract remains under negotiation.

MARIN Tests Underwater Hyperloop Tunnel

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin) is testing a model for a trans-Atlantic underwater tunnel capable of supporting a hyperloop system.

By The Maritime Executive 2019-10-15 20:37:36

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin) is testing a model for a trans-Atlantic underwater tunnel capable of supporting a hyperloop system.

The 140 meter (460 foot) model tunnel is being tested in one of the research organization’s basins to see how it responds to wave action. This will determine if the hyperloop pods can travel safely inside the tunnel under real oceanic conditions. The actual tunnel would be around 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles) long at a depth of over 100 meters (328 feet) with 30-meter (98-foot) pods capable of carrying 60 people. The pods would travel at 1,000 kilometers per hour (620 miles per hour) – essentially without air resistance or friction as they moved along the vacuum-sealed tunnel.

The Marin researchers say this mode of transport offers a less polluting alternative to air travel, and they hope to form a consortium to develop the concept.

Hyperloop technology is being developed elsewhere, and Virgin Hyperloop has projects underway in India, the Middle East and Europe. The company also has plans for Texas, Missouri, the Midwest and Nevada.