Posted on: July 13, 2023, 09:33h.
Last updated on: July 13, 2023, 09:34h.
Digging to extend the Vegas Loop underground people-mover has reached the Wynn and Westgate resorts. The system, constructed and operated by Elon Musk’s the Boring Company, utilizes Tesla vehicles to transport individuals through underground tunnels.
Wynn Resorts says it expects its Vegas Loop station to open in March 2024 near the existing Encore valet entrance. According to the company, it will enable passengers to reach the Las Vegas Convention Center in one minute — once they are able to enter a Tesla.
In a press release, Wynn reported that upon surfacing at the resort — 10 weeks after it began a 2,325-foot tunnel linking Wynn to the convention center — the Boring Company’s Prufrock-2 tunnel boring machine was retrieved without the use of a crane. This marks a first for a Boring commercial project, Wynn said, and mitigated the repairs to its golf course that a crane would have necessitated.
No timetable was announced for the Westgate’s station.
Currently, the only functioning part of the Vegas Loop are three tunnels spanning 1.7 miles under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), along with a single tunnel to Resorts World that opened in July 2022. (Its tunnel was completed five months earlier.)
In May, Clark County commissioners approved plans for 18 additional stations and another 25 miles of tunnels.
The Vegas Loop is expected to be completed in 2027. This includes future expansions to several resorts, points of interest, and Harry Reid International Airport — as well as to residential areas north, west and east of the Strip.