Have you heard about the proposals for adding an aerial transit system (ATS) to Griffith Park?
LFIA initially supported the concept of an ATS because the proposed route from the north side of Griffith Park to Griffith Observatory would have provided relief from the 15,000 vehicles a day driving along Los Feliz Boulevard up Vermont Avenue to the Griffith Observatory. Private vehicles could have been significantly limited up Vermont, Hillhurst and Fern Dell.
In late 2019, we were surprised to learn that the Department of Recreation and Parks’ feasibility study not only eliminated the Observatory route, but offered three routes whose ultimate destination is a new viewing platform directly beneath the Hollywood Sign with no stop at the Observatory or Greek Theatre. The routes chosen for study are significantly longer than the originally advocated Griffith Observatory route, and disturb the delicate wilderness areas of Griffith Park. One of the merits of the Observatory route was that it could substantially utilize existing fire roads to lessen the impact in the wilderness areas.
We need real solutions for Griffith Park traffic problems, not another tourist attraction. At our September meeting, LFIA’s board of directors will consider a recommendation to withdraw our support for the Aerial Transit System and oppose this new morphed project.
LEARN MORE AND SHARE YOUR OPTIONS
The City has launched a website for the project and created opportunities to learn more about the Griffith Park Aerial Tram System Feasibility Study by participating in one of three Virtual Pop-Ups or a Community Open House from your home.
RSVP for the Virtual Community Open House
Thursday, September 3, 6–8 pm