Rendering of Boring's high-occupancy autonomous electric vehicle planned to run between Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit halls (photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority)

Rendering of Boring's high-occupancy autonomous electric vehicle planned to run between Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit halls (photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority)

The Boring Co. has been chosen by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to design, construct and operate an underground people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is now undergoing a 1.4 million-square-foot expansion, the authority announced late on March 6.

The underground people mover project would link the various convention center facilities that will encompass 200 acres when the expansion is set for completion in early 2021. The cost of the people mover project is pegged between $35 million and $55 million, according to the authority’s announcement. Details such as how long the people mover tunnel would be were not released.

“We are excited to work with the LVCVA to provide a world-class mass transit system in Las Vegas,” Steve Davis, president of the Boring Co., said in the announcement.

The selection of Boring Co. must still be approved by the authority’s board of directors; a vote is scheduled for the next meeting on March 12.

The Boring Co. was founded in 2016 by Los Angeles billionaire Elon Musk. The company is headquartered in Burlingame but has its major operations in Hawthorne, where it has built a 1.1-mile tunnel that opened for testing in December. The company is also negotiating with Chicago authorities to build an 18-mile tunnel between O’Hare International Airport and Chicago’s downtown loop. And the company has proposed a 3.6-mile tunnel between Dodger Stadium and a station on the Metro Red Line subway.

Education, energy, engineering/construction and infrastructure reporter Howard Fine can be reached at hfine@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @howardafine.

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