The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), which is also the World Trade Center Las Vegas (WTCLV), is preparing for the return of business with the launch of two transportation options, the Convention Center Loop and the Las Vegas Monorail.
The innovative new Las Vegas Convention Center Loop by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company will officially launch at the start of World of Concrete, set for June 8-10 at the LVCC/WTCLV. The $52.5 million system will serve as a fun and quick way to move convention attendees throughout the more than 200-acre campus, all 40 feet beneath the ground in all-electric Tesla vehicles. The system consists of two one-way, .8-mile vehicular tunnels and three passenger stations to connect the existing convention center campus to the 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall expansion. The system will allow up to 4,400 convention attendees per hour to be whisked across the sprawling campus in just under two minutes, free of charge. By foot, the walk would take approximately 25 minutes.
Vehicles will be staffed with drivers initially with the plan to operate them autonomously in the future. Plans have been announced to develop an expanded system throughout the resort corridor, known as the Vegas Loop, which will ease traffic congestion and offer a new transportation option for visitors from as far north as Downtown Las Vegas, throughout the Strip and as far south as Allegiant Stadium.
In December 2020, the Las Vegas Monorail was acquired by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) which owns and operates the LVCC/WTCLV facility, and on May 27 the system resumed operations following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3.9-mile elevated system along the Las Vegas Strip carries nearly 5 million passengers per year, enabling them to travel the length of the resort corridor in less than 15 minutes, at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Trains arrive every 4-8 minutes at each of the stations, connecting the LVCC/WTCLV’s station with six other stations located at MGM Grand, Bally’s / Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo / Caesars Palace, Harrah’s / The LINQ, Westgate and SAHARA Las Vegas.
The system is 100 percent electric and runs zero emission trains, therefore reducing both emissions by more than 27 tons and more than 2 million vehicle miles annually in Southern Nevada. The Monorail uses regenerative braking, which works by storing excess energy that accumulates when train cars are slowed, at times saving up to 20 percent of the system’s energy.
In preparation for the return of business, the LVCC/WTCLV has earned Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry.
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