SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A nearly mile-long tunnel in Las Vegas meant to showcase a “traffic busting” alternative for overcrowded cities should be completed next year, innovative entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Twitter.
The people-moving tunnel is being built by The Boring Company, one of several future-oriented enterprises founded by Musk, along with the Tesla electric-car company and SpaceX, which develops launch vehicles.
The 48-year-old billionaire tweeted late Friday that “Boring Co is completing its first commercial tunnel in Vegas, going from Convention Center to Strip.”
In a second tweet he said it would be “hopefully fully operational in 2020.”
The Las Vegas convention center is a sprawling complex being further enlarged — the 0.8-mile (1.3 kilometer) tunnel would facilitate travel within the center and to the city’s famous Strip, where many of its major hotels and casinos are located.
Las Vegas officials selected The Boring Company in March to design, build and manage twin tunnels capable of transporting passengers in small, autonomous vehicles, each holding eight to 16 passengers.