A gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium could be future transportation for baseball fans, Metro announced Thursday.
The transit agency confirmed that it received an unsolicited proposal from Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies on Wednesday that calls for building an aerial tram that would carry passengers between the two locations.
“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.”
Metro’s Unsolicited Proposal policy allows the private sector to submit ideas to the agency. All proposals are subject to a Phase One analysis within 60 days of being received and Metro can then choose to advance proposals to a more detailed Phase Two review.
A gondola and other options for improving access to Dodger Stadium was part of an informational study in 1990 by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, a precursor agency to Metro, but the idea was never pursued beyond the study, Metro said.
“We set up the Unsolicited Proposal process to encourage outside-the-box thinking when it comes to mobility and building new transportation infrastructure,” Metro Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank said. “The Dodgers’ proposal is intriguing and we’re looking forward to reviewing the details.”
Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies is funded by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, according to the Los Angeles Times. McCourt sold the team in 2011 but still owns half interest in the 130 acres of parking around the stadium. McCourt’s investment firm would fund a portion of the project’s estimated $125-million cost and would seek private financing for the remainder, The Times reported.