The gondola is being planned behind closed doors, rushed without meaningful public input, lacks transparency, and has bypassed the traditional review process. Similar projects of this size typically take years to get approved. Yet, Frank McCourt’s Company has been able to get Metro to approve a no-bid sole-source agreement for this project in a matter of months. There hasn’t been a full review of its impact on the local environment, and LA ART wouldn’t provide community members with additional information on the Project unless they signed a non-disclosure agreement.
The construction price alone is likely to be at least $300 million, and even more money will be needed for ongoing maintenance and repairs. History has shown that these projects always run past schedule, go way over budget, and leave taxpayers stuck with a huge bill. We shouldn’t ask taxpayers to pay for a billionaire developer’s pet project.
There is already a free shuttle bus that takes people to Dodger Stadium. Why are we going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, endure years of traffic caused by construction, and tear up the community? LA didn’t ask for this project and who is going to ride it? - 60% of people said they would rather take the free shuttle bus, while only 11% said they would take the gondola (which could cost up to $30 per ticket).
Don’t be fooled - the gondola WILL NOT take cars off the road. Research from UCLA found that traffic in surrounding neighborhoods would only change by less than 1 percent. UCLA also found that the amount of people using the gondola is much less than McCourt is claiming. The bottom line is the gondola does nothing to help our air quality or decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s no accident that very few people know about this project. LA ART has engaged in limited community input likely hoping to get this gigantic project approved before anyone notices. But it’s not too late to stop this wasteful and unnecessary billionaire’s pet project!
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