This could over to 10,000 eager fans across the L.A. skies to the stadium in 2 hours
You could be sipping on your $25 miche at Dodger Stadium with just a short ride on a gondola if the new project proposed by Aerial Rapid Transit (ARTT) is approved. This innovative aerial transport would take fans, staff, and park visitors from the Metro hub of Union Station to Dodger Stadium in just 7 minutes using zero-emission technology—so none of the traffic and none of the car fumes.
The Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit project (LA ART) would have the potential to carry 5,500 people per hour in one direction which could fill up the stadium with over 10,000 fans two hours ahead of the game, LA ART stated.
Apart from that, the project would potentially reduce congestion on the 110 freeway while connecting El Pueblo, Union Station, Chinatown, Mission Junction, and Solano Canyon communities. It would also create access to the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the Los Angeles River, and Elysian Park.
Each cabin would be able to accommodate cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs and offer both seating or standing options. Metro will oversee the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act in order to support further review of the project.
“This gondola is about more than an easier trip to Dodger games. It will make our stadium more accessible to everyone, bring cleaner air to our communities and provide an economic boost for our local businesses,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Dodgers are also in support of the concept as a way of providing a permanent, safe and sustainable means of transport.
According to LA ART, the environmental review and approvals process is expected to be completed by 2022, which means construction could start as soon as 2025 (making it operational in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics). The gondola system could eliminate 3,000 cars nearby roadways during each game and would cost less than parking at the stadium, an LA ART representative said in a meeting.
A Virtual Scoping Meeting will be held on October 22, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The public may comment through the virtual open house, or in writing via email at LAART@metro.net or by postal mail to: Mr. Cory Zelmer, Deputy Executive Officer, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-6, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
More information on the project can be found at metro.net/aerialrapidtransit.