Georgetown Pushes Forward On Gondola Project Despite Arlington County's Opposition
Georgetown's ANC voted unanimously on Monday night to continue study of the project and asked DC to identify a landing site and fund an environmental impact statement, UrbanTurf reports.
Arlington County board members decided earlier this month that the county has more pressing transportation needs, and they are not sold on the long-term value of the proposed gondola. A feasibility study, paid for by groups on both sides of the river, found the project would cost between $80M and $90M.
Arlington has inherently less incentive to pay for an alternate mode of transportation across the river; the Rosslyn Metro stop is one of the busiest in the region, and Georgetown has no transit outside of buses.
With Arlington opposed to funding any further study of the idea, it seems unlikely the project will come to fruition. But the president of Georgetown's BID remains determined and is continuing to meet with businesses, government officials and Georgetown University before revisiting the idea with Arlington County.