Draft Environmental Impact Report released today for gondola to Dodger Stadium project

LA Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC is proposing the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Project, which would connect Los Angeles Union Station to the Dodger Stadium property with an intermediate station at the Los Angeles State Historic Park via a zero emission aerial rapid transit gondola system in downtown Los Angeles.

Metro is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to evaluate the potential for environmental impacts resulting from the proposed Project. The DEIR was released today for public review and comment. The document evaluates the proposed Project, including its potential impacts and mitigation measures, as well as Alternatives to the proposed Project.

For more information please visit www.metro.net/aerialrapidtransit.

Join Us For Public Participation Opportunities and Informational Workshops  

You can learn more about the proposed Project and the key analysis and conclusions of the DEIR and ask questions at these two meeting. These two meetings will cover the same content.

Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
Saturday, October 22, 2022; 10 a.m. to Noon
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84406443949
Webinar ID: 844 0644 3949
Call-in: 669.900.6833

In-Person Meeting Downtown LA/Chinatown
Tuesday, October 25, 2022; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Union Station Ticket Concourse
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Public Hearings 

You can learn more about the proposed Project and DEIR and provide your formal public comment at these meetings. These two meetings will cover the same content.

In-Person Downtown LA/Chinatown
Saturday, December 10, 2022; 10 a.m. to Noon
Los Angeles Union Station Ticket Concourse
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
Tuesday, December 13, 2022; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81616012818
Webinar ID: 816 1601 2818
Call-in: 669.900.6833

How to Comment on the DEIR
Phone: 213.922.6913
Email: LAART@metro.net
Web: metro.net/projects/aerial-rapid-transit/
Mail: Mr. Cory Zelmer
Deputy Executive Officer, Metro
One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-6
Los Angeles, CA 90012

All comments concerning the DEIR must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022.

12 replies

  1. Not a fantastic idea, well actually it is BUT, after actually experiencing one of these on a tourist area out here in Japan, the location is CRITICAL!!! I’m sorry, but this is just a bad for location for something like this.

    An underground rail spur that can play for the basis to connect both the Santa Ana Line and Glendale-Burbank Line, would have been a much better alternative and would actually provide access to the park year around both visitors and nearby residents.

    Oh well, silly me to expect LA of all places to get it right.

    Put this in Downtown Santa Monica to connect with Venice and even Marina Del Rey along the ocean on the other hand, and this would make sense as an alternative for rail while Metro gets its stuff together.

  2. As long as McCourt pays 100% of the EIR and any other studies, plus the complete cost of construction, why not have a new landmark for LA? Even if “only” 7,000 people use it on game day (assume 4 people per car), 1750 cars not driving to the stadium. Thats good. And who knows, some day maybe Dodger ownership will buy the parking lot and whatever else gets built along the rim of the hillside from McCourt. (Although hopefully after they can figure out how to win a World Series 🙂

  3. This project should be buried deep within the La Brea Tar Pits where it can fossilize over millions of years. Metro should be reimbursed for this unnecessary EIR process immediately. What a waste of time and resources and a blatantly offensive attempt for the McCourt family to line their pockets even further.

  4. This a fantastic idea, will bring traffic relief to the residents of Echo Park on game days, bring visitors to the park in the off season, and provide an iconic experience for the residents of LA and visitors to enjoy year round. Smart, fun, no brainer, lets do this!

    • You look and sound like a completely real person! The LA Art LLC has been having their own employees, subcontractors, and subsidiaries submit public comments on their behalf. Read through the scoping sections of the DEIR. Their lazy copy and paste job is so obvious to spot. They even CC’d their own company email while making these public comments, so I guess that’s a good thing since it makes identifying their fraudulent public submission comments easier. A large swath of the public comments stating approval for this project are clearly being made by LA ART and its affiliates. Sad, pathetic, and should be illegal if not already.

    • Maybe LA can get a giant wheel like Las Vegas or London up there by the stadium.

    • This is not a fantastic idea. You are not a real person. You have been paid by LA ART or its subcontractors or subsidiaries to push the notion that people want this terrible project.

      • I am decidedly a real person. I have chosen this name to use here. The email address that I use for it shows I am a real person and I have sent emails from it to Steve Hymon. If you look back through old posts on “TheSource” you will see I speak my own personal mind and am not a shill for any group or business. I don’t think the project is as good as others. But, if it happens, why not make it into an attraction and add a destination during times that there is not an event at the stadium. I work at times near the stadium and know the history of the area. The parking lot is both a tragedy and a potential asset.

        • Hey everyone —

          Robust discussion is fine and appreciated. Please be kind to one another. You don’t have to be kind to me, just try to not be kind using appropriate family language! Thank you much for reading and commenting. (seriously!).

          Steve Hymon
          Editor, The Source

  5. no problem with this from huge transit hub at LAUS.
    Just make sure 100% privately funded.