Elon Musk’s Las Vegas Loop Tunnel Concern Riders Are Afraid to Trap Underground

Elon Musk’s Las Vegas Loop transportation tunnel was criticized after he suffered a traffic jam this week. Musk is pictured unveiling The Boring Company’s test tunnel on December 18, 2018 in Hawthorne, California.
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Safety concerns have been raised for Elon Musk’s future “loop” transport tunnels after riders’ experience Traffic jam When using the system during the Las Vegas convention.


The tunnels were built by billionaire Musk’s The Boring Company and use Tesla vehicles to transport riders underground in a single lane. Although Musk did start his tunneling effort A proposed solution to gridlockThe viral video of a traffic jam during this week’s 2022 CES consumer electronics trade show sparked a joke showing that the system is far from immune to the issue.

“Can’t even deal with the Vegas loop #CES2022 during the pandemic,” tech blogger Sasha Pallenberg tweeted on Thursday. “Congratulations @CityOfLasVegas This must be the world’s most advanced traffic jam!”


Aside from the joke, the traffic jam inspired many safety concerns. when the video was first Posted For Reddit on Wednesday, an avalanche of comments was pouring in predicting what would happen if riders were trapped in a tunnel during a disaster.

“The tube is a death trap,” u/DowninanEarlierRound commented on the Reddit post.


“I wonder if it’s even legal,” u/KittensInc added. “No lights, no ventilation, no fire detection or suppression, not enough space between the cars and the wall to get out… they’re asking for trouble. If somehow a car caught fire , then people will die.”

The video was shared on Twitter the next day and had over 6.5 million views as of Friday evening. It was captioned as “2025: How it will most likely die as Tesla dies in tunnel traffic jam, thought to be impossible.”

Located 40 feet underground was the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop That which has been completed in April 2021, at a cost of $52.5 million. Drivers in the Tesla-only tunnel are limited to speeds of no more than 40 mph. A second, more extensive, Las Vegas Tunnel is also being built.


“It’s either forever traffic or tunnels,” Musk tweeted last November. “Try our first operational tunnel at the Convention Center in Vegas! The city has just approved a full tunnel network, connecting major hotels, the convention center, and the airport.”

The Boring Company explains the safety features of the loops. of the company the website says that the tunnels “have no internal touch hazards (eg 600 volt third rail), enabling safe evacuation, minimizing potential fire sources, and (unlikely) eliminating any hazardous effects of water infiltration “

In addition, the Loop’s “redundant, bidirectional ventilation system will remove smoke to allow passengers to evacuate safely” is “not likely to cause a fire,” according to the company.


Another project that Musk’s company is working on could eventually inspire even more security concerns. The so-called “hyperloop” is conceived as a vacuum-sealed tunnel that spans long distances to quickly connect cities.

Passengers will travel in pods inside the tube at very high speeds that can travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco only 35 minutes, So far only a small tunnel has been constructed for the purpose of testing the technology.

newsweek Contacted The Boring Company for comment.