Courtesy Los Angeles Mayor's Office

L.A. Mayor Pitches Gondola to Dodger Stadium as Answer to Traffic Woes

Is Garcetti’s idea a homerun?

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At a Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting today, the Los Angeles Mayor’s office released renderings of a gondola lift that would carry passengers from Union Station to Dodger Stadium in a quick five minutes.

“Los Angeles is a gorgeous city,” L.A. Mayor Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times. Garcetti added: “This isn’t something that’s just about Dodgers games…It will become something for visitors, for local residents, for first dates, for marriage proposals.”

Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC, founded by Drew McCourt, the son of former Dodger’s owner Frank McCort, will carry riders above the 110 Freeway.

The project, directed by Martha Welboune, Metro’s former chief planning officer, is slated to pay a portion of the estimated cost of the $125-million concept. Private financing would carry the remainder.

The system could be up and running by opening day 2022 – 6-years prior the 2028 Summer Olympics.

In a statement, the Dodgers said the gondola is, “an important and innovative project.”

Fares for the rides would cost less than parking at Dodgers Stadium ($20 dollars), but the amount has not yet been named.

“It’s also another 5,000 people that can come without having to be in a vehicle, even that shuttle bus,” Garcetti said at Thursday’s meeting.

"Dodger Stadium is one of the crown jewels of baseball and draws fans from across our region and the nation," Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said. "We take seriously any idea that provides a good alternative to driving, and we're eager to consider this proposal from the private sector and advise our Metro Board accordingly."