In 2018, Aerial Rapid Transit Technology LLC (ARTT) submitted a proposal to Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation for an aerial rapid transit gondola system connecting Union Station and Dodger Stadium – the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit project (LA ART). Metro agreed to act as the lead agency for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act in order to support further review of the LA ART project.
LA ART is proposed to directly link Dodger Stadium to the Los Angeles region’s public transit system via the regional transit hub at Union Station – connecting to Metro’s B (Red), L (Gold), and D (Purple) Rail Lines, the upcoming Regional Connector with connections to the A (Blue) and Metro E (Expo) Lines, as well as Metrolink, Amtrak, and supporting bus, bicycle, and pedestrian connections. Union Station is the region’s most heavily used transit station, hosting 36 million people per year and 100,000 daily transit riders. By 2040, Union Station is projected to serve twice as many riders.
LA ART would be located in the City of Los Angeles, within and adjacent to communities located between Union Station and Dodger Stadium, including El Pueblo, Union Station, Chinatown, Mission Junction, Elysian Park, and Solano Canyon. LA ART’s goals include reducing traffic congestion and associated greenhouse gas emissions while improving transit connectivity for surrounding communities with potential improved transit access for open space and parks such as the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the Los Angeles River, and Elysian Park. Recognizing Metro’s equity goals and policy of improving transit access to underserved communities and to parks, LA ART has the potential to improve air quality and increase transit access for such communities and for state and City parks.
LA ART would provide the first permanent transit link to Dodger Stadium, one of the region’s most iconic and visited venues since it opened in 1962. As proposed, LA ART will serve all Dodger home games and special events at Dodger Stadium and is also anticipated to operate daily to serve community members, park visitors, and tourists.
As proposed, LA ART offers the capacity to move approximately 5,500 people per hour per direction at peak periods. LA Art estimates that within the two hours prior to the start of a game or event at Dodger Stadium, more than 10,000 people, or up to approximately 20 percent of Dodger Stadium’s capacity, could travel to Dodger Stadium via LA ART.
The Environmental Review Process for the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Project (LA ART) Begins
In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of LA ART, and to provide mitigation measures where required.
Outreach with the community is ongoing. You can reach LA ART directly via a community information hotline 323.521.4775, website www.LAArt.la email address hello@LAArt.la . LA ART will share community input with Metro, and you can also share your thoughts with Metro directly by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
As lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, Metro solicit scoping comments on its Notice of Preparation for the LA ART Environmental Impact Report that concluded November 16, 2020.
Virtual Open House and Virtual Scoping Meeting - Completed
As part of the scoping period associated with the Notice of Preparation, project information was made available to the public online through two primary means: (1) a virtual “open house”; and (2) a virtual scoping meeting. These virtual events enabled public participation in the environmental review process while maintaining public health and safety, in compliance with local, state and federal regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Virtual Open House - Closed
October 1 - November 16, 2020
The purpose of the virtual open house was to provide an introduction to LA ART and an overview of the CEQA process and timeline. The virtual open house was accessible to stakeholders and the public throughout the public review period.
Virtual Scoping Meeting
October 22, 2020 (6-8pm) Completed
The Virtual Scoping Meeting included an introduction to the proposed Project and an overview of the CEQA process and timeline. Stakeholders and the public were able to submit questions during the online meeting. A copy of the scoping meeting presentation can be found below.
Written or electronic (e-mail) comments may be sent to Mr. Cory Zelmer, Deputy Executive Officer, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-6, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or via email at LAART@metro.net .