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April 25, 2019

Statement from aerial rapid transit technologies

Angelenos are one step closer to flying to dodger stadium

“In another major milestone, Metro’s Board of Directors has endorsed moving the environmental review process forward for Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies’ gondola system that will fly thousands of fans from Union Station to Dodger Stadium. We look forward to continuing to advance this innovative and sustainable—privately-funded—transportation project and appreciate the continued support of the Los Angeles Dodgers for this exciting opportunity to expand transportation options for Dodger fans.” 

-- Martha Welborne, Project Manager

Sept. 26, 2018

Statement from aerial rapid transit technologies

“Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (ARTT) marked another milestone on Sept. 26 when we submitted our response to Metro’s Request for Information, which provides additional detail on ARTT’s plans to finance, design, build, operate, and maintain an aerial rapid transit system between Union Station and Dodger Stadium.

ARTT first submitted its Unsolicited Proposal to the Office of Extraordinary Innovation in April 2018. In June, we were pleased to receive confirmation that Metro had accepted that proposal and invited us to move onto the second phase of the project. We received the transit agency’s Request for Information in August.

 We look forward to continuing to advance this project and work with Metro as a partner to demonstrate that innovative, clean energy, sustainable, privately-funded transportation can be made available to Los Angeles in harmony with publicly funded infrastructure.”

-- Martha Welborne, project manager


August 15, 2018

Statement from aerial rapid transit technologies

 “We welcome innovative transit solutions with the potential to take cars off the road and reduce the release of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s one reason why we are so excited about our work with Metro to construct an iconic aerial gondola between Union Station and Dodger Stadium, providing wonderful views of Los Angeles as well as convenient transportation.   With 56,000 fans attending a Dodger game, we are confident of success for the gondola and there is ample opportunity for other transit options including the Dugout Loop to succeed.”

--Martha Welborne, project manager


august 10, 2018

Statement from Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies

Metro moves to next step in consideration of ARTT Proposal

Metro sent ARTT a request for information today to keep our project moving forward. Here’s our statement on the great news:

“Today’s action by Metro means we are one step closer to gondolas flying thousands of fans to Dodger Stadium. We are pleased that Metro recognizes the aerial has the potential to be a fun and iconic local attraction that captures the public imagination and instills a sense of civic pride.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the transit agency to improve the way Angelenos move between downtown and Dodger Stadium.”  

-- Martha Welborne, project manager


June 11, 2018

statement from Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies

Metro Accepts Unsolicited Proposal from Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies

“We received confirmation today that Metro has accepted our unsolicited proposal and invited Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies to move to the second phase of its process. We appreciate Metro’s response and are very excited to share more details about this ground-breaking technology.” 

- Martha Welborne, project manager

April 26, 2018

Press release New

Aerial System Brings Public Transit Connection to Dodger Stadium

The privately-financed proposal will allow fans to “fly” to Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES – Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC (ARTT) is proud to announce plans for an aerial rapid transit connection from the region’s transit hub, Union Station in downtown LosAngeles, to Dodger Stadium, providing the first permanent public transit link since the stadium was built nearly 60 years ago.ARTT submitted an unsolicited proposal to Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation on Wednesday.

“This is a major investment in the future of Los Angeles, with a zero-emission, sustainable technology that is increasingly popular for urban areas throughout the world,” said Martha Welborne, Project Director of ARTT. “We look forward to working with Metro to make it a reality.”

Aerial transit is a proven technology providing scenic, efficient and clean transportation for millions of people in major cities, including New York and London, every year. The proposed system could move 5,000+ riders per hour in each direction, benefiting surrounding communities by reducing traffic on local roadways. The aerial system would get fans from downtown to Dodger Stadium in about five minutes.In its concept proposal to Metro, ARTT proposes to provide funding for the innovative mobility partnership which will design and construct the aerial transit system.

Total project costs are estimated to be approximately $125 million and ARTT plans to obtain private financing for construction.The Los Angeles Dodgers are excited about the planned aerial transit system as transportation for Dodger fans to games at Dodger Stadium and other events.

“Dodger fans know better than anyone: making history means swinging for the fences and never stopping until you get home,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Our team has been at the center of so many landmark moments for Los Angeles, and this bold idea to ease congestion could transform how Angelenos — and millions of visitors — experience our city on their way to andfrom the ballpark.”

This innovative mobility project is 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.

Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies founder Drew McCourt stated: "We are proud to work together to create and finance this innovative and zero-carbon transportation solution for Los Angeles. L.A. is a global leader in innovation, and this partnership is an exciting new chapter. This innovative mobility project will be an iconic addition to L.A.’s transportation network.”

With the aerial transit system, hundreds of thousands of annual car trips to Dodger Stadium will be eliminated. Such reductions would greatly improve the flow of traffic for other vehicles and reduce the impacts of congestion on nearby freeways and surrounding areas, thereby improving the game-day transportation experience for local stakeholders and visitors. In addition to improving the region’s traffic flow, the project will benefit air quality. Using the latest technology, the aerial transit system will have zero-emissions – significantly reducing local area greenhouse gas emissions.

The Los Angeles Dodgers stated: “This is an important and innovative project that will significantly improve traffic around Dodger Stadium, taking cars off neighborhood streets, and adding value to the fan experience at Dodger Stadium.”

Public participation and outreach will include detailed review of the proposal’s route, right of way and station locations. ARTT is asking Metro to take the lead role in the procedural requirements for route selection and right of way, as well as public environmental review. The public review process is targeted to begin in late-2018, so that approvals, including final station and route selection, can occur in 2019-2020. The aerial system is expected to begin operations in 2022.