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In many metropolitan cities, the future of public transportation is up in the air – literally. These cities use gondolas, also known as Aerial Transit Systems, to reduce urban congestion, improve accessibility and enhance safety. Propelled by a series of towers and stations, these gondolas are motor-less, electric and cable-driven.

An Aerial Transit System for Griffith Park would be a “closed loop” system where riders can only enter at the origin station. There would be minimal noise impacts at the landing station and the station itself would be non-visible due to the landscape’s natural berm.

Tackling the “Urban” in Our Urban Wilderness

City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks selected Stantec, a global engineering, consulting, architecture and design firm, to prepare a feasibility study of an Aerial Transit System that considers:

  1. Transit and mobility in and around Griffith Park.
  2. Safe and sustainable technologies.
  3. Access and enjoyment of Griffith Park.

The study will serve as a tool to allow informed decision making on whether to move an Aerial Transit System forward for Griffith Park. To learn more about the origins of the study, check out the Dixon Report.

Potential Routes Examined

Routes examined in the study were based on existing park conditions, uses and constraints (click on the route image to expand). Scroll down to the Outreach Toolkit to view additional Study reports, presentations and materials. Routes 1 and 2 include an angle point to accommodate the alignments given various design constraints. In addition to this, the angle points will facilitate potential future expansion to the Observatory.

Route 1: Travel Town

Route 2: L.A. Zoo Parking

Route 3: L.A. Zoo Magnet

Route 4: Warner Brothers

All Potential Routes

The Feasibility Study

The potential routes will be evaluated based on the following considerations:

Traffic Congestion Reduction

  • An estimation of potential ridership demand
  • An analysis of existing mobility platforms

Technology and Engineering Factors

  • A description of the available technologies
  • An analysis of ATS operations and noise reduction
  • ATS maintenance needs and costs

Environmental Impacts

  • Conceptual analysis of  environmental factors, constraints and impacts on the surrounding wildlife and community
  • Potential to reduce fire hazard and destruction of wildlife

Financial Feasibility

  • An analysis of the financial requirements
  • Potential funding sources
  • Prioritizing affordable ridership fees


  • Potential effects of the ATS on patron safety and on local emergency services
  • Evacuation during emergencies

Route Station Locations

  • Considerations for the areas where the Aerial Transit System will start and end

Mobility Trends

  • Analysis of current traffic conditions and uses at the park

Community Feedback

  • Community meetings with affected stakeholders
  • Activations with park visitors
  • Survey

Outreach Toolkit

Background Reports and Community Presentations.

Feasibility Study Technical Reports and Materials.

* Prepared by the City of Los Angeles to consider various strategies to address access and mobility at Griffith Park.

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