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Boring Company Prepares to Dig in Vegas



The bet on the Boring Company in Las Vegas is getting more interesting. 

Pictures of the company’s efforts on the planned “Loop” have emerged on Twitter, showing the Boring company is ready to dig.

Las Vegas news site Vital Vegas shared photos on Twitter of heavy machinery staged at the dig site, including parts to the company’s boring machine, cranes, and a pile driver. 






The city is looking for a transportation solution for it’s sprawling convention center, which will stretch two miles when current construction projects are finished by 2021.

Las Vegas could become the first city to complete a commercial transportation service with the Boring Company. The price estimate for the system is reportedly $30 million to $55 million, which will be paid with money from the convention authority’s general fund, which is funded mostly by hotel room taxes in Las Vegas.

 
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So while in Vegas for a conference, I thought I’d stop by to get a look at the boring hardware today ;(11/4). It appears i’m too late - they've appear to have sent it underground already!
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mongo

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So far they have built a normal tunnel using normal equipment at normal speed. Why is everyone so excited about this, it's completely uninteresting?

This is the first commercial Boring Company project. One of the big pushbacks for winning Vegas was a lack of track record. Even if Boring was slower than a typical project, as long as they meet the contract timing it is a big win for them. Plus, the are getting a lot of data for the next iteration of TBM.
 
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This is the first commercial Boring Company project. One of the big pushbacks for winning Vegas was a lack of track record. Even if Boring was slower than a typical project, as long as they meet the contract timing it is a big win for them. Plus, the are getting a lot of data for the next iteration of TBM.

Ah, data. The same thing that was going to get Tesla to FSD in 2017, then 2019.

I'm sure none of these other tunnel boring companies ever thought of collecting data either, I mean if the machine comes out the other end and the tunnel doesn't collapse why look at it too closely, eh?
 

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This is interesting to me because the world's most expensive modern tunnel (Seattle's Alaska Way Viaduct replacement, nearly $2 billion / mile) and the world's cheapest modern tunnel (LVCC people mover, $50 million per mile) will be opening within two years of each other. This isn't just another tunnel - it's a tunnel with dramatically lower costs, with potential to make the Boring Company one of the world's largest industrial companies.
 
This is interesting to me because the world's most expensive modern tunnel (Seattle's Alaska Way Viaduct replacement, nearly $2 billion / mile) and the world's cheapest modern tunnel (LVCC people mover, $50 million per mile) will be opening within two years of each other. This isn't just another tunnel - it's a tunnel with dramatically lower costs, with potential to make the Boring Company one of the world's largest industrial companies.
Isn’t 2nd Ave Subway more expensive? Also, probably not too meaningful to compare tunnels that need to exhaust fumes from ones that don’t. (Unless the point is tunnels are not a great fit for cars)
 

moa999

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It's cheaper because it's small.
3.8m diameter is a lot less rock/dirt and a lot less concrete.

It's a lot more like a metro/train tunnel that's TBM constructed, though those still typically run at 6-7m diameter.

Your typical road tunnel at 2-4 lanes wide is the wrong shape for a TBM being rectangular which normally means more manual road header excavation.
 

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