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Blog Boring Company’s Vegas Loop to Use Tesla Vehicles



The Boring Company has shared a bit more information on the plans for the underground transportation system it is constructing at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

New renderings posted on the company’s website show three station types: surface stations, subsurface stations, and subsurface open-air stations.

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Surface Station
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Subsurface Station
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Open-air Station

The website also has an updated description of the “Loop” with new details on the vehicles that will carry passengers.

Loop is an all-electric, zero-emissions, high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported via compatible Autonomous Electric Vehicles (AEVs) at up to 150 miles per hour through Main Artery Tunnels between stations. AEVs are Tesla vehicles (Model S, 3, and X) that operate autonomously within the Loop system.

Once completed, the 2-mile Convention Center Loop will transport riders beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center free of charge. The $52.5 million Loop is the Boring Company’s first commercial project. The company is also working on projects in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

 
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SageBrush

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really??... Been to Vegas lately... is the mono rail your way to transport people... The renderings are just mockups... I'm sure there is a shuttle like vehicle in the plans
A monorail would never work since the design plan has versatility built in. I'm not sure from the description how passengers will be grouped by destination and how they will find 'their' car although I presume a mobile phone is integral to the solution
 

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You most likely don't have the full pictures here... there is a monorail in Vegas, but it does not go from the airport to the convention center.... the Boring tunnel project is from the airport to the convention center... not other places

Just thought I would add some clarity

A line to the airport (and entire strip) is the long term plan. The current system is three stations across the convention site. Two of the nearest hotels are working on getting an extension to connect their properties.
 
I just don't see how this could be a practical system for moving people.
really??... Been to Vegas lately... is the mono rail your way to transport people... The renderings are just mockups... I'm sure there is a shuttle like vehicle in the plans

I have been to Vegas. The monorail would be/ could be a great solution if it went all the way down the strip and was close to the hotel entrances. Oh, and went to the airport. I don't know what you mean about a shuttle like vehicle, the plan is for Teslas. That's in the article.
 

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I just don't see how this could be a practical system for moving people.


I have been to Vegas. The monorail would be/ could be a great solution if it went all the way down the strip and was close to the hotel entrances. Oh, and went to the airport. I don't know what you mean about a shuttle like vehicle, the plan is for Teslas. That's in the article.
TESLA for sure.... but current model or future model.??
 

SageBrush

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Ohh a glorified taxi rank. The first M3 Robotaxis without steering wheels. Chose destination on the touch screen. Exciting.
That could be a good partial solution. Nice thinking.

It fits with the longer description on the boring website that explains why the boring tunnel with many future stations attached to the main artery will be a lot more efficient that a subway: While a subway system stops at every station, each Tesla stops at most at the number of stations equal to the number of passengers. I imagine with a little tweaking they will reduce the number of stops to < 3 even in a complex tunnel
 
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I remember in the 1990s when the Las Vegas taxi union blocked city funding and approvals for the Monorail, forcing the Casinos to bankroll it themselves (with the help of a state bond issue) to the tune of $3 billion (and locate it outside of the city limits). I've been irritated about that for years, but now it's become a blessing. By keeping the Monorail from realizing its full potential, they inadvertently set the stage for The Boring Company to step in today and do the kind of mass transit system that Vegas has always needed!
 

SageBrush

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I remember in the 1990s when the Las Vegas taxi union blocked city funding and approvals for the Monorail, forcing the Casinos to bankroll it themselves (with the help of a state bond issue) to the tune of $3 billion (and locate it outside of the city limits). I've been irritated about that for years, but now it's become a blessing. By keeping the Monorail from realizing its full potential, they inadvertently set the stage for The Boring Company to step in today and do the kind of mass transit system that Vegas has always needed!
You have to love karma. But to be fair $3B was a lot of money in 1990 -- I'll guess ~ 8.5B in 2020 dollars. The boring tunnel is dirt cheap per mile by comparison. The taxi operators were of course just being self-interested a$$holes but sometimes good things come to those who wait. You will have to ask locals if the opportunity cost of the delay was worth it. 30 years is a long time for a dense city to go without a decent public transit system
 
While the initial opening might use existing Tesla models, I can't imagine that being the midterm reality.

So much of the cost of a road car has to do with road safety.
  • Plus, the in/out of a standard car is not ideal for mass transit.
  • Plus2, the kids would quickly destroy the seats.
  • Plus3, if you had a rolling bag, you have to choose to either waste the time to put it in and retrieve it from the trunk or possibly damage the interior of the car by tossing the rolling bag onto the seats.
Tesla has shown designs of vehicles that look more like a no-driver minivan or 1/3 length of a subway car. I suspect that meets the reality needs better.
 

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