Elon Musk's The Boring Company will build a Las Vegas transport tunnel

Musk predicts the tunnel will be operational by the end of 2019.                  LVCVA

Musk predicts the tunnel will be operational by the end of 2019. LVCVA

A company backed by tech billionaire Elon Musk has been granted a almost $49 million contract to build a transit system using self-driving vehicles underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"Boring Company starts digging Vegas tunnel in 2 months", he wrote on Twitter. The total cost of the projected is expected to be $52.5 million. The project will see the construction of an underground Loop transport system for trade show attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). At the time, Boring Company officials said they could build the Convention Center's transportation system for between $33 million and $55 million.

The underground transit system will whisk passengers in electric vehicles from one end of the convention center to the other - less than one mile. Boring Co chief Elon Musk has a much more ambitious timeline for the LVCC Loop, however.

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors recommended that the contract be awarded to the Boring Company back in March, and it voted to approve it on Wednesday.

The Boring Company has already described potential expansion opportunities, including extending the Loop to "McCarran International Airport, hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown Las Vegas, Las Vegas Stadium, and, in the long term, Los Angeles".

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