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. 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. LA ART will provide a visitor experience in and of itself, offering panoramic views of Los Angeles landmarks as well as iconic Dodger Stadium.
As proposed, LA ART offers the capacity to move approximately 5,500 people per hour per direction at peak periods, using a quiet, safe, environmentally friendly, zero-emission technology, removing significant game-day vehicle traffic from neighborhoods including Chinatown, Elysian Park, Echo Park, and Solano Canyon, as well as SR-110 and other state highways. 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. Accordingly, LA ART could remove over 3,000 cars from the road on Dodger game or event days, enhancing community safety, reducing GHG emissions, and resulting in air quality improvements.
Other key benefits include:
• Improved connectivity for communities surrounding Dodger Stadium by linking to the region’s public transit hub at Union Station.
• Regional access to Los Angeles State Historic Park, the Los Angeles River, and Elysian Park.
• A short and enjoyable ride of just over one mile, with a travel time from Union Station to Dodger Stadium of about seven minutes.
• Stations and cabins that are fully ADA accessible, accommodating wheelchairs, as well as baby strollers and bicycles.
• Environmentally friendly, quiet, zero-emission technology.
• The removal of game-day vehicle traffic from neighborhoods including Chinatown, Elysian Park, Echo Park, and Solano Canyon, as well as SR-110 and other state highways.
• Enhanced transit rider experience by providing unique scenic views of the Los Angeles area to LA ART patrons and Dodger fans.
• The attraction of new riders to the Metro system through a unique experience connecting to Dodger Stadium.
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. As lead agency for LA ART, Metro has released a Notice of Preparation and will host a virtual open house and virtual scoping meeting as part of the scoping period.
Additional information on how to participate in the upcoming virtual scoping meeting and virtual open house may be found in the Community Meetings.
Outreach with the community is ongoing. LA ART will share community input with Metro, and you can also share your thoughts with Metro directly by e-mailing LAART@metro.net .
As lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, Metro is currently soliciting scoping comments on its Notice of Preparation for the LA ART Environmental Impact Report until November 9, 2020. In connection with the Notice of Preparation, a virtual open house with project information will be available beginning September 24, 2020 and ending on November 9, 2020. A live virtual scoping meeting scheduled for October 22, 2020. For more information and to learn how to submit a written scoping comment in connection with the Notice of Preparation, please view the Status section.
Virtual Open House
September 24th through November 9, 2020
The purpose of the virtual open house is to provide an introduction to LA ART and an overview of the CEQA process and timeline. The virtual open house will be accessible to stakeholders and the public throughout the public review period. Scoping comments may be provided in the virtual open house until 11:59 PM PST on November 9, 2020, the close of the scoping period associated with the Notice of Preparation for LA ART.
Virtual Scoping Meeting
October 22, 2020
The Virtual Scoping Meeting will include an introduction to the proposed Project and an overview of the CEQA process and timeline. Stakeholders and the public will also be able to submit questions during the online meeting. A recording of the scoping meeting will be posted on the Metro website and the virtual open house following the meeting.