Photo: Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers
On December 6, the Los Angeles Metro announced that it had signed a letter of intent with Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC (ARTT) opening formal negotiations on the development of a privately- nanced gondola lift from Dodgers Stadium to Union Station. The idea to establish the connection is not new: the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission intended to build a cableway to Dodgers Stadium as early as 1990.
The intent was to make visitor access to the Stadium easier and further increase public interest in the game. But the idea was not followed up. When ARTT revived the plan and submitted its project proposal to the LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation, interest was newly aroused.
“This proposal is a perfect example of the out-of-the-box thinking that we had in mind when we called for the submission of creative initiatives,” said Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation officer with the LA Metro. “Now that our potential partners have submitted their ideas and solutions, the Metro is able to use their creativity and re- sourcefulness in an optimal way.”
The cable car should become a new “zero–emissions” connection within the existing system of public transport. screenshots: Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit System.
The project should be privately nanced and provide transport for over 5,000 fans per hour in each direction. Screenshots: Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit System
Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (ARTT)
The Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC was founded by Drew McCourt, son of the former Dodgers’ owner, Frank Mccourt. Thanks to this connection, McCourt knows not only the stadium, but also the fans, like no other. He is convinced that the planned ART System will bring signi cant improvement for all.
This cableway project would become one of several planned infrastructural projects that should help relieve the traffic situation in this city of millions. For Eric garecetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, the project o ers an opportunity for the entire city: “I am absolutely con dent that it will happen. To some, it may look a bit crazy because we don’t have any cableways here in Los Angeles but the idea is good.
Similar installations run in over a dozen cities worldwide, demonstrating that something like this works. “ There are always new ideas springing up in this South-Californian city but Screenshots: Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit System they usually disappear after a while. One example is the project to build a cable car running up to the Hollywood sign which was discussed here last year.
Financing of the estimated 125 million dollar project (just over 100 million euros) should be partially covered by Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies itself. For the remaining sum, private investors would be sought. If the project receives a green light, the cable car is planned for launch in 2022. To increase the attractiveness of the installation, the price for using the cable car will be kept as low as possible.
To park a car at the stadium, one currently has to pay around 20 US dollars; the cable car ticket should be less. tm