A Possible Rosslyn-Georgetown Gondola Is Getting A Closer Look
A multi-party partnership is studying the feasibility of the proposed gondola that will run from Rosslyn to Georgetown, and the Arlington County Board is considering joining in the effort.
The board will discuss the matter this Thursday, and county manager Mark Schwartz has given his thumbs up to joining, ARLnow reports. By joining the partnership, Arlington County would be on the hook for $40k of the project’s expected $250k cost.
The Georgetown Business Improvement District first proposed the gondola idea as part of the Georgetown 2028 project. JBG, Gould Properties and Vornado—which each have huge developments in the long-term pipeline in Rosslyn—have pledged $5k to $35k each. The Georgetown BID is picking up $75k of the tab.
Proponents of the aerial gondola system, which would run above the Potomac, believe it will ultimately reduce vehicle and pedestrian traffic and potentially drum up some more visitors to Rosslyn. Recently approved redevelopment plans for the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor could have a hand in that as well, as would liftoff on some of the exciting developments in the pipeline for the area. [ARL]