A plan for an aerial gondola connecting Georgetown with Rosslyn over the Potomac was first floated more than five years ago, and a feasibility study in 2016 seemed to give the idea some credibility. But plans haven't advanced since then.
WASHINGTON — A plan for an aerial gondola connecting Georgetown with Rosslyn over the Potomac was first floated more than five years ago, and a feasibility study in 2016 seemed to give the idea some credibility.
However, any plans to do it have not meaningfully advanced.
Now a coalition of 35 area stakeholders hopes to breathe new life into the gondola idea.
The Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola Coalition’s members include a diverse list of organizations from the Federal City Council, to Georgetown University, Georgetown Business Improvement District and private sector members.
The coalition supports further study and development of the aerial gondola linking Georgetown to the Rosslyn Metro, with a goal of winning support from D.C., Virginia and regional and congressional leaders and approvals from local, state, regional and federal regulatory bodies.
“To remain globally competitive, the Washington region must seize every opportunity to improve connectivity with better transit,” said Anthony A. Williams, former D.C. mayor and current CEO of the Federal City Council.
“Urban gondolas have proven their value in cities across the globe and there is no better place to introduce them to this region than by connecting the people, jobs, and retail of Georgetown and Rosslyn,” Williams said.
Funding would be some form of a public and private partnership should a gondola project move forward.
Georgetown BID argues that a gondola could be built decades before a Georgetown Metro station and at a fraction of the cost.
The 2016 study, which cost $215,000 and was paid for by the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, Rosslyn BID, Georgetown University, Gould Property, JBG Companies, Penzance and the Georgetown BID, determined that a gondola could carry as many as 6,500 people on the four-minute ride a day, back and forth between Georgetown and Rosslyn.
The study also estimates the cost of building the aerial gondola at between $80 million and $90 million.
Here are the inaugural members of the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola Collation:
Federal City Council
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
DC Sustainable Transportation
The Levy Group
Prospect Street Homeowners
Institute for Market Transformation
Greater Greater Washington
Coalition for Smarter Growth
Clyde’s Restaurant Group
Cox Graae & Spack Architects
The Elliott LLC
Friends of Legal Services Corporation
Georgetown Court Condominium LLC
Gould Property Company
J Street Companies
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Nick’s Riverside Grill
Prospect Place Associates LLC
Prospect Place Parking LLC
Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place
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