Dec 29, 2019 - Technology

Elon Musk hopes Boring Co. Las Vegas tunnel to be operational in 2020

Elon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc., speaks at an unveiling event for The Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel

Elon Musk unveils the Boring Test Tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif., in December 2018. Photo: Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images

Elon Musk tweeted late Friday that his startup Boring Co. will have a transportation tunnel it's building in Las Vegas "hopefully fully operational in 2020."

Why it matters: Per Axios' Joann Muller, Vegas is the first paying customer for Musk's hyperloop idea aimed at easing traffic woes in highly congested cities, which began as a joke tweet in 2016. The transit system would shorten what would be a 15-minute walk to a one-minute ride.

The big picture: Boring Co. announced in November that the convention center tunnel would be completed by January 2021. Preliminary work on the $48.7 million project, including pit construction, began in September.

  • The Vegas tunnel is the firm’s "only major project so far other than a mile-long test tunnel in Hawthorne, California," Bloomberg notes. But Musk indicated on Twitter more projects were in the works:
Tweet by Elon Musk on his plans for a Boring Co. tunnel in Las Vegas to be operational by 2020

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