The Loop consists of passengers traveling in human-driven Tesla vehicles at about 35 mph, a The scaled-down version of founder Elon Musk’s original vision of high-capacity vehicles traveling at 150 mph. The Boring Company has described driving automation and traveling at higher speeds in the future.
The new Loop station at Resorts World will not connect underground to the three existing Loop stops at the Convention Center. The stations will connect to other stops like Resorts World in the future as the Loop is built throughout Vegas, according to Lori Nelson-Kraft, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Resorts World guests can travel from the resort to a new station, Riviera, at the Convention Center. If their trip then connects to the three existing Convention Center stops, they will travel through a parking lot and re-enter the tunnels at a Convention Center stop called West Station.
The company plans to carry about 400 passengers per hour from Resorts World, and hours of operation will vary based on the Convention Center’s schedule.
Tesla vehicles do not depart on a fixed schedule like a typical bus or train. According to Resorts World spokeswoman Dana Rutkin, until now guests have only had to wait a few minutes for a ride.
Once a passenger boards a Tesla at Resorts World, they may have to wait a short time again. There is currently only one tunnel connecting Resorts World to the Convention Center campus, so traffic will flow in one direction at a time.
“It’s still a very fast ride, but it’s going to be, hey these five cars go through this direction. When they’re safe at the passenger station, then it’s going to change direction,” Nelson-Kraft said.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk first announced in December 2016 that he planned to buy a tunnel boring machine and “just start digging” as a way to beat traffic. He called the venture, “The Boring Company,” and opened a tunnel outside SpaceX’s headquarters in California.
Las Vegas is home to the Boring Company’s first Loop system, which it argues is a better subway, since vehicles don’t have to stop far from their final destination. Critics have argued that the Loop inefficiently uses tunnels since the Tesla Model Y SUVs being used do not have the capacity of a bus or train.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which runs the Convention Center, told CNN Business that the Loop has received more than 400,000 attendees and has had an average satisfaction rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars.
The Boring Company did not respond to a request for comment.