The proposed aerial rapid transit gondola system from Union Station to Dodgers Stadium is entering a new phase. The Notice of Preparation was released today for conducting a key environmental report (include link to NOP), along with the opening of a 45-day comment period and a virtual public scoping meeting on Oct. 22.
In 2018, Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC (LA ART) submitted an unsolicited proposal to Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation for the aerial rapid transit gondola project. Metro agreed to act as the lead agency for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act in order to support further review of the LA ART project. The project is privately funded and the company is reimbursing Metro for expenses to act as the lead agency and provide oversight of the EIR.
The project is now proceeding into the environmental phase, where LA ART will develop a Draft Environmental Impact Report that will examine potential environmental impacts to the community – such as air quality, cultural and historical resources, water quality and noise, to name a few categories . As part of the environmental phase, Metro is holding a 45-day public comment period beginning Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 16.
During that time, a virtual open house (include link) has been set up. 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.
Metro will also host a virtual scoping meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 22. During the meeting, the LA ART project team will provide an introduction to the proposed Project, an overview of the CEQA process, and the project timeline for environmental review. Stakeholders and the public may submit comments during the online meeting.
To attend the meeting, visit http://LAARTvirtualopenhouse.org or Metro’s project site at http://metro.net/aerialrapidtransit. A recording of the meeting will be available at Metro’s project site after the meeting.
The meeting will be conducted in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Attendees are invited to call 213-418-3423 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting for more information, to arrange ADA accommodations and/or to request additional translation support.
For more information on the project, please visit http://metro.net/aerialrapidtransit or call 213-418-3423.