The Boring Company’s tunnel boring machine is nearly complete with the first half of the dual tunnel people mover system servicing the Las Vegas Convention Center. The secretive tunnel project is reported to cost $52.5M and feature self-driving vehicles utilizing the Tesla chassis. The largest vehicle will fit 16 people and multiple vehicles can be platooned to load and travel together much like a conventional light rail or subway system but without the connections. Once the TBM finished the first bore, it will be disassembled and brought back to the starting point to excavate the second tunnel. The entire project is supposed to be online for the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Urban miners have been busy constructing a new water supply tunnel underneath New York City to supply the megalopolis with the water it needs. The miners, or sandhogs as they are known, are about halfway complete with the new tunnel which is expected to be in service by the year 2020. Work on the 60-mile tunnel began in 1970 and the total projected cost is $6 billion and is widely regarded as one of the most complex public works projects in the western hemisphere. When complete, it will help deliver 1.2 billion gallons DAILY to 8 million New Yorkers. The city currently gets its drinking water from two water supply tunnels that were constructed in the early 20th century and have not been inspected or repaired since then. More after the break. (Image credit History.com)