Las Vegas Monorail and Boring Co. Teams Build Relationships


Although they could end up arguing for the same clientele, representatives of the Las Vegas Monorail and a company that wants to build an underground passenger transport system are forming a relationship.

Boring Co., owned by Elon Musk, plans to build a $ 55 million, 0.83 mile tunnel connecting the various exhibition halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Part of the tunnel would pass under the existing columns of the monorail track, which initially raised concerns among monorail officials.

“There are parts of their station that are near some of our existing columns, so we were concerned about the impact of testing or building that,” said Jennifer Lazovich, lobbyist for the Las Monorail. Vegas, in Clark County. officials in July.

Since then, however, representatives of the two companies have been in contact and have learned to understand each other’s needs in relation to the convention center area.

“They came here a few weeks ago,” Curtis Myles, president and CEO of Las Vegas Monorail Co., said in early September in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Long-term plans could include the Boring Co. extending underground along the resort’s corridor, possibly connecting the nearby Allegiant Stadium or the location many believe the monorail must reach, McCarran International Airport.

If this were to happen, Myles is unsure of the effect on monorail operations.

“I’m an economist by training, I taught it at university level for a while and I’ve been working in transport for about 30 years and I’m going to tell you today, I don’t know what it’s going to do.” , did he declare. noted. “It might help us. The only thing we do, and other modes of transportation don’t, is we can continue to meet travel times no matter how traffic the road is because we’re on top of it.

Boring Co.’s model would also avoid traffic by moving through underground tunnels, but Myles said the monorail was still ahead of the game.

“We will put 220 to 230 people on a train at a time, every four minutes,” he said. “The advantage we have over them is that they can’t do that number in the same amount of time. Theoretically they can do a lot, but until it’s built you really don’t know.

Boring Co. officials, who declined to comment on their relationship and possible coexistence with the Las Vegas monorail, estimate they could move between 12,000 and 15,000 passengers per hour through the tunnels, operating 100 vehicles at the time. The system would use three models of Tesla vehicles, including a 16-seater streetcar mounted on a Tesla chassis.

With the growing population of the Las Vegas Valley and the continued increase in the number of visitors each year, it will be important to have multiple modes of transportation, Myles said.

“You’re going to need everything,” he said. “If the city is going to continue to depend on tourism and I don’t think that will change anytime soon… there is nothing… It will be all that will keep things moving.

“You have to do everything and know that not everything you do will actually happen. “

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