How late is the ‘Vegas Loop’ resort debut at Resorts World? FOX5 works to find answers
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Resorts World’s Vegas Loop station, connecting the new multimillion-dollar Strip property to the Las Vegas Convention Center, promises to be the first opportunity for the public to experience the new, premier of ses- kind transportation system by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company.
Resorts World President Scott Sibella recently told state officials that construction is fully complete on the project. A “coming soon” sign hangs above the Resorts World resort entrance, and the estimated dates for the leaders’ debut have now passed, with the resort’s premiere date still uncertain. Last month, Sibella said the station would likely be open now.
On March 17 at a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission, Sibella said, “The final piece of the puzzle would be the opening of the Boring Tunnel, which will take place next month…We are shooting for the third week of ‘april. Everything looks good. We are thrilled to have a Grand Opening Ceremony and announce that… It will be a Grand Opening Ceremony. So again, April 20 is what we’re aiming for.
The Vegas Loop system, funded entirely by the Boring Company, is made up of underground tunnels lined with several Tesla electric vehicles. Currently, they are piloted by drivers employed by the Boring Company.
“It’s already dug in,” said Sibella, of her Resorts World Loop station. “It will be directly connected to the Convention Center. Our guests will get off, enter the station and be at the Palais des Congrès in two and a half minutes. So we’re really excited about that… At the moment it’s regular Tesla cars, but there will be seven or eight cars,” Sibella said.
For a small fee (estimated to cost between the price of public transportation and a carpool), passengers can avoid road traffic between Resorts World and the Convention Center, and eventually, the entire resort corridor.
The Vegas Loop is the brainchild of Elon Musk and is already in use. It’s been driving trade show attendees between rooms at the Convention Center for months since its debut last year, but the system is slated for huge expansion.
Clark County agreed last October for the Vegas Loop to connect resorts up and down the Strip, stretching to downtown, Orleans, UNLV and one day the airport.
The Resorts World resort promises to be the first to open that is not for the exclusive use of conventioneers.
“We can move about 2,000 people per world hour from the resorts to the convention center. Right now it’s in a tunnel; so eight cars will come in, pick up passengers, take them to the Palais des Congrès, come back. That’s about 2,000 people per hour that we can transport,” Sibella said.
Sibella said at the March 17 meeting that he hoped to open the Resorts World resort to attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, or NAB, which ran April 23-27.
Lori Nelson-Kraft, senior vice president of communications at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said last October that the resort at Resorts World is expected to open in the first quarter of 2022.
We asked Nelson-Kraft and his colleague Erica Johnson, LVCVA’s director of communications, for updates on the station’s station on Thursday, and they both said they didn’t know.
FOX5 has sent a request to the Resorts World publicist and will update the article as soon as we know more.
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