Plans to build a gondola system from Union Station to Dodger Stadium have been in the works for a while. And while not everyone has been a fan of the proposal, it sounds like the project is a go. Officials with Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit announced this week that they had selected a route to build the new system to transport fans.
The original design had suggested a route that went along Spring street from Union Station. According to LA ART, the route will take the gondola from Union Station to Chinatown/State Park Station then continue on to Broadway, turning towards Dodger Stadium.
The new route and design will undergo environmental review which could be completed by 2022. That would allow the gondola system to Dodger Stadium to be completed as early as 2025 and become operational before the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
For fans in Los Angeles, the gondola system offers a new way to get to ballgames. It is estimated that it can move up to 5,500 people per hour in each direction, adding another option to get to Dodger Stadium. More than 10,000 fans could be transported to the game 2 hours before the start of the game or event.
LA ART estimates that the gondola gets fans from downtown to Dodger Stadium in about 7 minutes, give or take. Sometimes it takes that long just to get in line on Academy Road, so this could potentially be a better option for fans in a rush.
Unfortunately, the company that proposed the idea was a company owned by Frank McCourt. So if the new system isn’t great, at least we have someone that we can all blame.