Residents of Chinatown Oppose Los Angeles’ Plan to Build an Aerial Cable Car | Cable Car Project | NTDTV Online

Beijing time:2023-04-01 11:00

[New Tang Dynasty News, Beijing time, April 01, 2023]The aerial cable car construction project connecting Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles Union Station has been opposed by surrounding residents since its inception. Recently, after the start of the new American professional baseball season, the cable car project has once again been pushed to the forefront.

On the afternoon of Thursday (30th), some people gathered in Los Angeles Chinatown to protest against the plan for the aerial cable car project between Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles Union Station.

They said that the cable car across Chinatown will not only fail to alleviate traffic congestion, but will also cause a lot of inconvenience to the community.

Phyllis Ling, co-founder of “Stop the Sky Tram”: “Part of it is that the transfer cable car to Dodger Stadium doesn’t make sense, because many people have to get to Dodger Stadium at the same time, there will be a long line, so we don’t think it makes sense to ease traffic. , and it may attract more people to drive or ride into our community to take the cable car. If a large cable car station is built near our community, it will disturb our lives and cause noise, and the cable car runs 19 hours a day .”

Statistics show that the cost of the cable car is about 300 million U.S. dollars, and it can transport 10,000 people per hour. The time required for the 1.2-mile journey is about 6 to 7 minutes.

Officials expect the cable car to be built before the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, and will provide free rides for ball game ticket holders and nearby residents.

Tany Ling, a Chinatown resident: “If it’s free to ride this cable car, how is it going to be funded? How is it going to be funded for maintenance, repairs and upkeep? Another thing they do is, (former Dodgers owner) Frank McCourt, transferred ownership of the project to Solve the Climate, a nonprofit. What does that mean? Nonprofits can apply for state and federal funding, but those funds come from our taxes.”

The city of Los Angeles had previously opposed the project because the cable car tower would take up land the city would build affordable housing on. The non-profit organization “California Endowment” also accused LA Metro of failing to sign a contract with the project proponent in accordance with the regulations, so it questioned the feasibility of the project, but was dismissed by the judge.

NTDTV reporters Zhang Boyuan and Lin Yongfeng interviewed and reported in Los Angeles

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