FAQ

Q: WHAT IS THE AERIAL RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT?

A: The aerial rapid transit (ART) system will directly connect Union Station with Dodger Stadium using the most advanced aerial technology currently available. The ART system will be able to move more than 5,000 passengers per hour per direction.  

 

Q: WHY IS THE ART SYSTEM A GOOD TRANSIT OPTION TO DODGER STADIUM?

The existing and planned Metro system provides no direct transit connections to Dodger Stadium other than the current game-day shuttle connection to Union Station. Given the elevation change between Dodger Stadium and points below, including Union Station, the ART system is an excellent means to provide rapid transit to this location.  

The ART system will reduce traffic in the neighborhoods surrounding Dodger Stadium and on the Harbor (110) Freeway. The ART system will directly link the Stadium to the region’s public transit system – Metrolink, Metro’s Red, Gold and Purple lines, the upcoming Regional Connector and various bus, shuttle, and pedestrian connections –increasing mobility options and benefiting the economy and the environment.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH AERIAL RAPID TRANSIT TECHNOLOGY?

A: The ART system will be a zero-emission transit line. By replacing vehicle trips, the ART system would have a positive environmental impact in terms of reduced vehicles, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved air quality.

 

Q: HOW MUCH WILL THE ART COST TO RIDE?

We expect it will cost less than parking at Dodger Stadium for those attending games. We are committed to ensuring this project will provide a safe, affordable and accessible alternative for transportation to and from Dodger Stadium.  

 

Q: WHAT SAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE ON THE ART SYSTEM? WILL THE ART SYSTEM BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND A SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKE?

A: Aerial systems are one of the safest forms of transportation available, moving millions of people around the world every day. The system will have multiple redundant features to ensure the safety and security of riders. Both Metro at Union Station, and the Dodgers at the Dodger Stadium property, have extensive security policies and systems that can incorporate the ART system when operations begin. The ART system will be built to meet all requirements for structural and seismic standards.

 

Q: WHERE WILL THE STATIONS BE LOCATED? WHAT ROUTE WILL THE ART TAKE?

A: The ART system will have a station at the Dodger Stadium property and at or near Union Station. As Metro’s review process moves forward, station location and the route will require careful consideration.

 

Q: HOW MANY PASSENGERS WILL EACH CAR CARRY? HOW MANY TRIPS WILL BE OFFERED EACH DAY?  

Each of the cabins is expected to accommodate 30 to 40 passengers.  The system can adjust to accommodate more or fewer cabins depending on expected demand. When many riders are expected, such as before and after games, the largest number of cabins will be provided for the approximately 5 minute ride.  Cabins can carry 5,000 or more people per hour in each direction. During less busy times, cabins could run less frequently. 

 

Q: WILL THE ART SYSTEM BE ADA ACCESSIBLE?

A: Yes, each individual ART cabin and station will be ADA accessible.

 

Q: WILL THE ART SYSTEM ACCOMMODATE BICYCLES?

A: Yes, the ART cabins will accommodate bicycles and parking will be available near the stations.  

 

Q: WHEN WILL THE ART SYSTEM OPEN?

A: We anticipate the ART system will begin operations in 2022.

 

Q: HOW MANY DAYS A YEAR WILL THE ART SYSTEM RUN?

A: The ART system will serve all Dodger home games and special events at Dodger Stadium. In addition, the system could operate daily to serve visitors seeking to enjoy the scenic gondola experience.

 

Q: WHO WILL CONDUCT THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW?  WILL THE PUBLIC HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE PROJECT?

A: ARTT is asking Metro to conduct the project’s environmental review. Metro would hold community workshops as part of an extensive public outreach process and comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Numerous opportunities will be made available for the community and local stakeholders to make their voices heard.

 

Q: WHAT ARE OTHER EXAMPLES OF AERIAL SYSTEMS?

A: Aerial transit systems in urban areas include the London system, which was built for the 2012 Olympic Games and moves 1.5 million people a year, and the Mexicable, which opened in 2016 as Mexico City’s first commuter aerial transit system to connect hillside neighborhoods with the city’s urban core. The Mexico City system has an annual ridership of 5.5 million.

Other commuter aerial transit systems in the United States include the Roosevelt Island Tramway, which spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is used by 2.7 million people a year. The Portland Aerial Tram is an aerial tramway in Portland, Oregon, moving 1.5 million people a year between the city's South Waterfront district and the main Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus.

Aerial rapid transit systems also operate in:

  • Koblenz, Germany (ridership of 3.5 million in the first 6 months of operation) 
  • Medellin, Colombia (annual ridership of 12 million)
  • La Paz, Bolivia (annual ridership of  >10 million)
  • Caracas, Venezuela (annual ridership of 3 million)
  • Hong Kong (annual ridership of 1.6 million)
  • Singapore (annual ridership of 1 million)

 

Q: WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF THE ART SYSTEM?  

The proposer for the ART system is Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC (ARTT).  

ARTT has submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI) to create an innovative mobility partnership for an ART system that will connect Union Station to Dodger Stadium. 

The project has been made possible by the cooperation of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to encourage their fans to take the aerial transit system to Dodger Stadium events, and the commitment of McCourt Global to support the aerial transit project and establish ARTT.  

 

Q: HOW MUCH WILL THE ART SYSTEM COST TO CONSTRUCT? WILL METRO BE ASKED TO PAY FOR THIS SYSTEM?

A:  Total project costs are estimated to be approximately $125 million.  ARTT will provide the necessary funding for the innovative mobility partnership and plans to obtain third party private financing for the construction of the ART system.  ARTT is not seeking Metro funding for construction or operating costs for the proposed ART system between Union Station and Dodger Stadium.