Visitors to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles could have a novel way of getting to the venue in the future if plans for a cable-car system come to fruition.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has recently signed a Letter of Intent with Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (ARTT), an action that formally begins the negotiations necessary to make a privately-funded aerial gondola to Dodger Stadium a reality.
Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said:
This is a critical milestone in developing an innovative and exciting way for Dodgers fans to get to the game while reducing traffic.
For the sixth year in a row, the Dodgers have led Major League Baseball in attendance and we want to keep that streak going by finding ways to make it more convenient to reach the stadium.
The Letter of Intent signals Metro’s interest in implementing the project and moves it from the Unsolicited Proposals evaluation stage to project development.
Metro and ARTT will now negotiate to reach agreements on roles and responsibilities for planning and constructing the gondola.
ARTT project manager Martha Welborne said:
The signing of a letter of intent with Metro is a critical step in building the gondola between Union Station and Dodger Stadium.
This privately-funded, zero-emission transit line will have the capacity to move thousands of people every hour while reducing traffic and directly linking Dodger Stadium with the region’s public transit system. We look forward to working with Metro staff to get the aerial off the ground and fans flying to the stadium in 2022.
Metro has run the popular Dodger Stadium Express free bus service from Union Station since 2010. A second route between Harbor Gateway Transit Center in the South Bay and the ballpark was added in 2015.
A gondola and other options for improving access to Dodger Stadium were part of an informational study in 1990 by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, which later merged with the RTD to form Metro. The idea was never pursued until earlier this year when ARTT revived the concept and submitted an unsolicited proposal to Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation.