Resorts World Leg of Elon Musk’s Tunnel System Opens
For the first time, Elon Musk’s underground transportation system, the Vegas Loop, extends beyond the footprint of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The tunnel system now has a stop at Resorts World. It’s the first of what will eventually be a system with 55 stations.
You know we had to stop by for a ride!
Resorts World wisely put up signs for the Vegas Loop when the resort opened a year ago.
It’s unclear if the Resorts World leg of the Vegas Loop is open to the public yet, or if the charge for rides is actually being charged. We bought a ticket but were told we didn’t need one. It was probably a soft opening.
The stated price between Resorts World and the Las Vegas Convention Center is $1.50.
We rode on the first day of operation of the new Resorts World route, and access was only available to those attending the Barrett-Jackson car show and auction.
We trust the system will be accessible to anyone moving forward.
Here’s a video of our ride from Resorts World to the Convention Center and back again. This should help with what’s where and how it all works. Resorts World security said no video is allowed, which was adorable.
The Vegas Loop is populated entirely by Teslas, to which Elon Musk may also have a connection. We are not a car person.
Teslas are, of course, all-electric with zero emissions.
The Vegas Loop will eventually go as far south as the airport, as far north as downtown Las Vegas. Boring says tickets will be in the $5 (downtown to the convention center) to $10 (airport to the convention center) range. We’ll take the over on that.
The Vegas Loop has been operating at the convention for some time now, and has gotten rave reviews, mainly from us.
We had the honor of breaking the news the Loop from the Musk’s Boring Company was in the works, way back in early 2019. You’re damn right we’re going to keep mentioning that. It was awesome scoop.
One of the best things about the Vegas Loop is taxpayer dollars aren’t footing the bill for the tunnels. Taxpayer dollars are involved in paying Boring Co. for operating the Vegas Loop. That comes from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, funded by hotel room taxes. The LVCVA approved $4.5 million for a contract that runs through June 30, 2023.
Boring pays for the tunnels, resorts pay for their own stations. A long list of casinos have signed up for Vegas Loop stops.
The system is being done in phases, which is why the tunnel to Resorts World is bi-directional for now. Meaning cars can only go in one direction at any one time, at least for now.
The entrance to the Resorts World station is in The District, near the hotel’s video sphere and Stardust sign replica, one of our favorite things in the world.
Tickets can be purchased online via QR codes in the Vegas Loop station.
Your trip from Resorts World can take you to any of the three stations at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Tip your driver, of course.
Because the system isn’t done yet, Teslas do a portion of the drive to Resorts World on a surface street. Just watch the video again.
It’s worth noting Vegas Loop hours vary based upon events at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Yes, there are critics of the Vegas Loop, but that’s because there are literally critics of everything. In our humble opinion, the critics are missing the point of the entire undertaking.
Next on the Vegas Loop schedule is an extension of the system to Encore. We’ve got all the details.
Let the naysayers do their thing, we like the Vegas Loop so far and we absolutely love that Boring and Elon Musk are picking up the tab for the tunnels.
The Vegas Loop has a thrill ride vibe, with a practical purpose. It aspires to be mass transit, but it’s more of a shuttle system. Think of it as underground rideshare. Without traffic jams.
We have no idea how far the Vegas Loop will actually progress, but it’s off to a great start.
The Vegas Loop has been great P.R. for Las Vegas, and if it ever turns into a debacle, it’s underground, so it would be pretty easy to make it disappear (like the failed monorail will in the next few years).
One of the wonderful things about the Vegas Loop is almost nobody under 30 remembers the end of “Paint Your Wagon.”
Riding a Tesla in the Vegas Loop is officially on our Las Vegas must-do list!
Update (7/7/22): It appears guests can pay for their Vegas Loop tickets with Dogecoin. We saw the Dogecoin symbol when we were purchasing our ticket, but didn’t realize it was a big deal. Apparently, it is.