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LVCVA gives green light to Elon Musk Express (not really its name)

By: - March 12, 2019 4:45 pm
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Artist rendering of Las Vegas Convention Center station for underground autonomous vehicles. Photo: The Boring Company

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Artist rendering of Las Vegas Convention Center station for underground autonomous vehicles. Photo: The Boring Company

Members of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board voted 8-3 Tuesday to enter into negotiations with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to dig tunnels connecting convention facilities via electric vehicle and allow convention attendees to ride free.  

Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman, City Councilwoman Michele Fiore and Caesars Entertainment Global president Tom Jenkin voted against pursuing the taxpayer-funded project that could reach $55 million.  The dissenters wanted more time to evaluate the proposal.

LVCVA chief Steve Hill said last week The Boring Company hopes to extend its tunnels to other locations and operate a for-profit transit company.  The Clark County Commission would have to approve such a project.  At least one commissioner is opposed to the plan.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

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