May 3, 2023

Plan to add 18 new stations, 25 extra miles approved for Vegas Loop underground system

Officials have approved plans for 18 new stations and 25 extra miles of tunnel for the Vegas Loop underground people mover.

The Clark County Commission voted 6-1 in favor of the expansion applications during Wednesday’s zoning meeting.

Additions are primarily on the south, east and west sides of the Resort Corridor, including near Allegiant Stadium, the UNLV campus, Town Square, and the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road, which is where a proposed high-speed rail station would be built.

Under the proposal, The Boring Company, which is constructing the Vegas Loop, said there will be 25 new extensions that would connect new and previously approved stations.

Individual stations will still need to be reviewed with future land use applications.

A representative for The Boring Company told commissioners that the estimated travel time from Harry Reid International Airport to the Las Vegas Convention Center would be five minutes, with an estimated fare of $10.

Marylin Kirkpatrick was the only commissioner to vote in opposition. Kirkpatrick said she was torn about growing the system, explaining that she was concerned the project would not accommodate people working in the Resort Corridor in the long term.

“I’d be less likely to support any future expansions that didn’t take the employees into consideration,” Kirkpatrick said.

She also said she wanted to see The Boring Company reach an agreement to only build structures at the airport if it has approval from the Clark County Department of Aviation.

The Vegas Loop currently connects the three halls of the convention center and Resorts World Las Vegas, with work ongoing to create an extension to the Encore. The system uses Tesla vehicles to transport people through underground tunnels that connect each station.


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