Aerial tram possibly coming to San Diego?

Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on study

SAN DIEGO - County Supervisor Ron Roberts wants to bring an aerial tram to San Diego. On Tuesday, he will ask the county Board of Supervisors to approve a $75,000 grant using the money for an engineering study that will determine what it would take to build a two- to three-mile in length aerial tram.

"I've only got four years left to do good things and I've been harboring this for quite some time," Roberts told U-T San Diego. "I figured that instead of just visualizing it, let's do a feasibility study."

Roberts' proposal calls for SANDAG to manage the study, which he said should take two or three months to complete, U-T San Diego reported. The $75,000 request will come from Neighborhood Reinvestment Program money to fund the study that will look at logistics of building an aerial gondola and how much the project might cost.

Roberts told the paper that he has spoken privately with representatives of several downtown groups and received a positive response from all.

He tells 10News that he "wants to make sure whether you are coming or going that you get that view of San Diego, that you can see the harbor, downtown and can have that look over the park."

He wants the cars to be bigger than those used at SeaWorld, possibly transporting more than 1,000 people an hour. From Balboa Park, Roberts wants to build a pickup and drop-off hub near a downtown trolley station.

Though it is still very early in the discussion stage, Roberts says with an approval from the board, he is hopeful that by the end of the year there will be a clearer picture of what the tram will look like, how much it will cost and how long it will take to build.

"I'd like to think this will not be a 10-year project, maybe a less than five year project," he said.

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