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Gondola From Union Station to Dodger Stadium Moves Forward

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    A proposed gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium has advanced to a second stage of consideration, Metro announced Monday.

    The transit agency confirmed that an unsolicited bid it received from Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies has advanced to a phase two, where the proposer is invited to submit a more comprehensive proposal.

    Metro's unsolicited proposal policy allows the private sector to submit ideas to the agency. All proposals are subject to a phase one analysis within 60 days of being received and Metro can then choose to advance proposals to a more detailed phase two review. Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, which is funded by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, submitted the initial bid in April.

    A gondola and other options for improving access to Dodger Stadium was part of an informational study in 1990 by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, a precursor agency to Metro, but the idea was never pursued beyond the study, Metro said.

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    McCourt sold the team in 2011 but still owns half interest in the 130 acres of parking around the stadium. McCourt's investment firm would fund a portion of the project's estimated $125-million cost and would seek private financing for the remainder, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    If Metro approves the phase two proposal, it could be the basis for a competitive procurement, a sole source agreement or another arrangement depending on Metro's role and relationship to the project, the agency said.

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