Boring Company project in San Antonio receives competition
The potential Boring Company (TBC) project in San Antonio has some competition. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) has received four proposals from other contractors to transport people between San Antonio International Airport and downtown.
The Alamo RMA received a total of five submissions, including one from The Boring Company. Another proposal was submitted by a group consisting of Utah-based Praetor Capital, Missouri tunneling company SAK Construction LLC, North Carolina Thalle Construction Company, Inc., and a software company. Modutram from Mexico.
Alamo RMA staff are currently reviewing each proposal, Bexar Country spokesperson Monica Ramos said. Board members will interview each bidder between January 17 and 21, 2022 and are expected to announce a finalist by February 22, 2022.
In August, reports spread that TBC was talking to San Antonio city officials about a possible tunneling project. The Boring Company responded to Alamo RMA’s 2019 invitation for contractors to present transportation projects. As invited by RMA, the purpose of the request was to “a) develop new delivery methods for transportation projects and / or b) develop new sources of revenue or identify revenue sharing arrangements that would provide at RMA Alamo increased capacity to complete additional transportation projects. “
The trip from San Antonio International Airport to the downtown Henry B. González Convention Center is 9.6 miles, or about 15 minutes by car. The San Antonio tunnel would be much longer than TBC’s Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) loop in Sin City. The LVCC loop consists of two one-way tunnels with three passenger stations spanning 0.8 miles. The potential San Antonio Loop is also longer than the Las Olas Loop that TBC is working on in Fort Lauderdale, which can stretch 2.4 miles each way from downtown to the beach.
According to San Antonio Express News, there are still many unknowns related to the TBC project, such as the price of the ticket and the expected annual revenues of the tunnel company for the transport system. The city is also unsure how much a Boring Company tunnel would set back taxpayers.
However, based on TBC’s other projects, the tunneling company appears poised to find ways to make its tunnel systems affordable for cities to build and people to drive. For example, Mayor Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale said the Las Olas Loop fare would be equal to the price of coffee.
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