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How to access the meeting:
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
For telephone only:
Webinar ID: 989 9201 6485
Please note, Spanish and Cantonese interpretation services will be available during the meeting. In order to access the interpretation, please join the meeting via the Zoom app on your mobile device or Zoom desktop by clicking on the link above. In addition, please plan to download the translated Spanish/Cantonese Presentation (available here on 10/21) in advance of the meeting so that you can follow along.
If you will be participating in the meeting via telephone only and need access to Spanish or Cantonese interpretation, please call 213.418.3423 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to request additional interpretation support.
In 2018, Aerial Rapid Transit Technology LLC (ARTT), a private company, 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.
This would be a privately funded and privately operated transportation system. As proposed, LA ART would 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.
Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report
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 16, 2020. In connection with the Notice of Preparation, a virtual open house with project information will be available during the 45-day scoping period beginning October 1, 2020 and ending on November 16, 2020. A live virtual scoping meeting is scheduled for October 22, 2020.
Virtual Open House
October 1 through November 16, 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 16, 2020, the close of the scoping period associated with the Notice of Preparation for LA ART. You can access the Virtual Open House at LAARTvirtualopenhouse.org.
Virtual Scoping Meeting
October 22, 2020 (6-8pm)
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.
The meeting will be conducted in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Attendees are invited to call 213-418-3423 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting for more information, to arrange ADA accommodations and/or to request additional translation support.
Currently, there are 2 proposed routes for the gondola, and one proposed intermediate passenger location for each route.
What is the Purpose of the EIR?
The purpose of the Draft EIR is to disclose and evaluate the potential for environmental impacts associated with implementation of the proposed Project, and to provide mitigation measures where required.
The Draft EIR will address all environmental topics listed in Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines, as listed below.
• Agriculture and forestry resources
• Air quality
• Biological resources
• Cultural and historic resources
• Geology and soils
• Greenhouse gas emissions
• Hazards and hazardous materials
• Hydrology and water quality
• Land use and planning
• Mineral resources
• Population and housing
• Public services
• Tribal cultural resources
• Utilities and service systems
Mitigation measures to reduce potentially significant impacts during construction and operation of the proposed Project will also be identified in the Draft EIR.
Metro is inviting organizations and interested parties to submit comments on the scope of the environmental document related to the proposed Project.
How to Comment
October 1 to November 16, 2020
Comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 16, 2020, via any of the following:
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE:
Attention: Mr. Cory Zelmer
Deputy Executive Officer
One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-6
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information, please visit metro.net/aerialrapidtransit, or please call 213-418-3423.