The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Convention Center Loop tunnels could be capable of transporting 8,000 passengers per hour. Results were determined by a traffic simulation program.
Which Software was Used and Who Disclosed The Results?
The study was conducted by tunneling enthusiast and YouTuber Phil Harrison. Harrison employed a professional traffic simulation program called PTV Vissim software, and based his results on plans submitted by the Boring Company to Clark County.
Clark county is the administrative region in Nevada that incorporates the city of Las Vegas.
What are the Details of the Simulation?
The Simulation program depicted three operating scenarios for the loop tunnels. Harrison also adopted a conservative approach, capping the number of passengers in LVCC’s three stations at 100 passengers.
First of all, there is a base case scenario: It involved cars with three passengers travelling through loop tunnels at an arterial speed 75 mph (120 km/hr). Tesla vehicles also averaged station speeds of 9 mph (15 km/hr). Average dwell time (or pit stops) per station bays was clocked at 40 seconds. Vehicle spacing between each car was 20 seconds.
Total output was numbered at 2,160 passengers per hour, with average trip times of 72 seconds.
The second scenario displayed a signaled pedestrian crossing model. This allowed cars to navigate stations at 12 mph, or approximately 20 km/hr. Bay dwell time was clocked at 45 seconds this time. Additionally, cars were transporting four passengers per each vehicle.
Overall, this scenario achieved a throughput of 4,320 passengers per hour, with average trip times of 58 seconds..
The third scenario, humorously dubbed the “maximum plaid” scenario, differed from the other two. It featured a system that used escalators that led directly to the LVCC. Station speeds averaged 25 mph (40.23 km/hr). Bay dwell time was significantly reduced, averaging 30 seconds. Arterial speed within the Loop system was raised to 140 mph (225 km/hr).
The third scenario was the best of them all. It achieved a throughput of 8,640 passengers per hour. Average trip time was reduced to only 42 seconds.
LVCC Project: A Springboard to Bigger Things
The project is currently under construction. According to the Boring Company, the Loop’s transit system will reduce time needed to reach the Convention Center’s West Hall from North/Central Hall back-and-forth to approximately 1 minute. In comparison, walking distance is clocked at fifteen minutes.
The LVCC project will expand to McCarran International Airport’s first and third terminal and downtown Las Vegas. The objective of this expansion is to transport travelers from the Fremont Street Experience to the airport itself.
The project is expected to be completed by January 2021. It is the first one among many. The ultimate objective of The Boring Company is to build a network of underground transport corridors that will completely nullify traffic congestions, and revolutionize public transit. The LVCC Loop project will probably serve as a watershed moment.
Do you think the Las Vegas Loop project will actually be able to reduce traffic congestion? Which scenario do you think will most likely be adopted?
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