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That Gondola To Griffith Park? The City Is Taking The First Step In Exploring Its Potential




The Griffith Observatory stands (R) in front of downtown Los Angeles on July 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
The Griffith Observatory stands (R) in front of downtown Los Angeles on July 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Engineering company Stantec is looking into the feasibility of building an aerial transit system that would operate in Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country.

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks signed on Stantec to launch the study as a result of a safety and mobility report released more than a year ago. 

Stantec officials have six parts to the study that they’re looking at, including pros and cons, technology best practices, impacts on wildlife and community engagement. 

The study is in the early stages, but is expected to wrap up rather quickly, before the end of the year. It’s unclear what the next step could be. According to the Department of Recreation and Parks, it all depends on what comes out of the study. 

What do you think about an aerial tram system? Would you take a ride to the park? Do you have concerns? Join the conversation at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Simon Bluestone, a vice president that focuses on environmental issues at the engineering firm, Stantec, which has been commissioned by the city of Los Angeles to conduct the feasibility study

Darryl Ford, Superintendent of Planning, Maintenance and Construction for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and he serves as the department’s Project Manager for the feasibility study.



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