Elon Musks Boring Company is making progress extending its first tunnel from the Las Vegas convention center to the first Casinos on the Vegas strip. During typical peak hours, driving from the Las Vegas Convention Center to Mandalay Bay, for example, can take up to 30 minutes. The same trip on Vegas Loop will take approximately 3 minutes.
Boring Company could soon be proving that they can build new high speed transportation at affordable costs and with minimal surface disruption. The 1-mile Vegas convention center tunnel, three stations (one underground) and vehicles is costing the LVCVA $52.5 million. A full Vegas strip and Vegas Airport system might cost around $787.5 million.
Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported via compatible AEVs (autonomous electric vehicles) at up to 155 miles per hour.
The 155 mile per hour tunnel connections can be placed in cities with some of the worst traffic problems and to connect them to nearby cities.
Standard AEVs are Tesla Model S, 3 and X vehicles. High-occupancy AEVs use a modified Tesla Model 3 chassis to transport up to 16 passengers with both sitting and standing room.
Boring Company is headquartered in Los Angeles. There have been discussions about two tunnels in Los Angeles. A proposed Dugout Loop will begin at the Dodger Stadium property and will proceed under Vin Scully Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. The western terminus will be located on private property owned by The Boring Company and will be located within the vicinity of a Metro Red Line station.
In two to three years, the Vegas Strip loop and first Los Angeles Boring loop could be built and operating. It is about 250 miles from Las Vegas to the nearest parts of Los Angeles. A Vegas to Los Angeles system would cost about $15 billion if it scaled up linearly from the Vegas convention center system.
Elon Musk has shown that as Tesla and SpaceX scaled up that they develop increased efficiency and lower costs.
A 155 mile per hour loop would make a trip Los Angeles and Las Vegas in about 97 minutes.
Boring Company has proposed an East Coast tunnel from Washington DC to Baltimore. The system would consist of the construction of a set of parallel, twin underground tunnels. This transportation system would create a significant public benefit due to decreased commute times, decreased urban congestion, decreased public transportation trip times, decreased transportation costs/fares, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions.
This would be a 38 mile long tunnel. It could be expanded to go to New York.
Megacities and Cities With the Worst Traffic
Tomtom provides GPS services and has detailed traffic index rankings for cities. The higher numbers mean traffic congestion is worse.
SOURCES- Boring Company, Tomtom, Wikipedia
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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