Monday, 23 November 2020 23:24

The Boring Company’s LVCC Loop Can Move More Than 8,000 People Every Hour, Simulation Shows

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati


The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Convention Center Loop tunnels may be capable of moving over 8,000 passengers per hour, and that may not even be the system’s full capacity.

These findings were related in a recent simulation that was shared online, which depicted three operating scenarios for the upcoming high-speed tunnels. 


Using PTV Vissim software, a professional traffic simulation program, tunneling enthusiast Phil Harrison modeled how the LVCC Loop would work as a public transport service. The simulation utilized plans from The Boring Company’s official submissions to Clark County to depict the layout of the high-speed tunnels and stations as accurately as possible. 


Harrison took a fairly conservative approach, with the simulation capping the number of passengers allowed in each station at just 100 people. This is quite conservative and will likely be exceeded by real-world conditions in the actual LVCC Loop.


The tunneling enthusiast described the simulation’s concept and design in his YouTube video’s description. 


“At each station, half the bays go to the one of the three stations and the other half to the other station. This allows for direct point-to-point travel. For each scenario, the input frequency of cars is increased and the maximum passengers allowed to collect in the platform area is 100. The biggest bottleneck is the pedestrian crossing at stations 1 and 3 so have added a theoretical signal and escalator,” Harrison wrote. 


To determine the number of people moved per hour, the simulation counted the number of pedestrians that successfully exited a station over the space of 60 minutes.


Three scenarios were explored in the simulation, and based on the results of each run, it appears that the LVCC Loop holds a lot of potential, showing a capacity to transport a good number of people per hour. 


In a “base case” scenario, which involves cars with three passengers traveling through the tunnels at 75 mph, moving around the stations at 9 mph, and dwelling in the loading bays for 60 seconds, the simulation achieved a throughput of...

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