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– by Seth McDonald

 

Warner Bros Studios wants to build an aerial tramway from their Burbank lot up to the famous Hollywood sign. The tramway is intended to help decrease traffic congestion in the area around the sign. The project, which is expected to cost $100 million, will be financed by the studio and will consist of about a mile long trip, taking around six minutes.

A statement from the studio follows below:

“The sign’s fame, however, has created unintended negative effects such as heavy traffic in adjacent residential areas and related safety concerns. The concept of an aerial tram as a solution is one that been suggested in the past and was most recently highlighted as a potential solution in the comprehensive strategies report by Dixon Resources Unlimited.”

The project is said to not cost taxpayers any money. More from the studio’s statement:

“The Skyway will also create a unique, first-class educational experience,” it added. “Given our close proximity to the north side of the Hollywood sign, we believe we offer a solution that has the least impact on the environment — protecting and preserving Griffith Park and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. We understand there are a number of possible solutions being considered, but we are confident the City’s feasibility study will show our proposal to be the best option — an option that can be built and operated at no cost to the taxpayer and that will provide public benefit to the City of Los Angeles and its residents.”

Traffic in the area surrounding the Hollywood sign has been an issue for some time now, as it is one of the more popular and iconic landmarks in southern California. If Warner Bros is willing to bring forth a potential solution to the issue, and also to pay for it, more power to them.

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Source: Variety