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Teslas Under Vegas

By Todd R. Berger

Vegas Loop
The West Hall station of the Vegas Loop inside the Las Vegas Convention Center || Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

The Boring Co., one of Elon Musk’s enterprises, is building an underground transportation system called the Vegas Loop, from Harry Reid International Airport to downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, zipping up to three passengers (plus a chauffeur) in a Tesla Model X or Model Y between stations. The Boring Co. says the system will have vehicles carrying up to 12 people in the future.

Currently, stations at Resorts World Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention Center are open to riders, and the Teslas—which The Boring Co. says will be able to carry up to 4,400 meeting-goers per hour (and as many as 90,000 people per hour when the whole system is operational)—reduce the time to travel what is normally a 25-minute walk across the convention center complex to less than 5 minutes. For fun, you can joyride round-trip from the Resorts World Las Vegas station, but you will need valid event attendee credentials to disembark at any of the convention center stations.

The next station will open at Encore Las Vegas early next year. When complete, the Vegas Loop will stretch some 34 miles with 69 stops, including the airport; Allegiant Stadium; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Fremont Street Experience; and many of the casinos on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Current fares are about the same as that for taking a Las Vegas city bus and can be purchased on the Vegas Loop website.