The Boring Company proposes new and larger expansion of Vegas Loop

The Boring Company (TBC) has submitted a new proposal to Las Vegas authorities that would see the Vegas Loop expand to nearly twice the size than originally planned.

Last year TBC received unanimous approval to expand the Vegas Loop to 51 stops along approximately 34 miles (54km) of underground tunnels extending from Harry Reid International Airport through the Resort Corridor and up to the Fremont Street Experience. That would be a significant expansion from the less than 2 miles of tunnels and five stations that are currently operational under the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC).

However TBC has even bigger plans for the Vegas Loop, according to new plans submitted to the City of Las Vegas. The new plan shows the tunnel network would grow to 65 miles (105km), nearly double the amount originally approved last year, and feature a total of 88 stations.

The new proposed map (on the right below), first reported by TechCrunch, shows a vast network of new tunnels and routes (in red) extending further to the east and west of the originally proposed expansion (in green). The map shows a new tunnel to the west running parallel to the strip with fewer stops which could serve as an “express” route for people looking for commute to the north and south ends of the city. There are also new tunnels connecting the west and east sides of the city.

If approved the new Vegas Loop would have five stations at the University of Nevada, where TBC was recently rumoured to be purchasing 1.3 acres of land for a new station.

TBC is hoping to build on the success of the existing Vegas Loop, which celebrated its one millionth passenger earlier this month. The loop system cost $47 million to construct and began transporting passengers in June 2021. Capacity tests show it can handle up to 4,431 passengers per hour.

The loop now boasts a fleet of 70 Tesla model vehicles ferrying passengers between the North, South, and Central exhibit halls at the convention center. A new offshoot tunnel to Resorts World opened last year, which is situated directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from the convention center.

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