Aerial tram proposed from downtown to Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts is revisiting his idea to build an aerial tram linking Balboa Park to downtown San Diego and plans to propose it Tuesday.

Roberts first brought up the idea for an aerial gondola in 2006 that would connect downtown San Diego to Balboa Park, coming up 6th Avenue to a drop off station near Laurel Street.

Proposed Aerial Tram - San Diego“When I first proposed it, everyone thought I was crazy,” said Roberts, who is in his last term. “We want it to be an effective transportation system.”

His proposal would address transportation concerns around the city. He said it would transport as many as a thousand people every hour.

The County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday to consider paying $75,000 for a study to find out whether it can actually be done and if it is worth the potential cost.

“We’re looking at the engineering issues, what the alignment might look like and the cost,” said Roberts.

Roberts said he has plenty of support to move forward with his proposal, which he wants to make his priority over the next 4 years.


  • Fred

    This isn't the fair nor Seaworld!!

    Kind of like Browns train that doesn't come to San Diego!

    Make San Diego look like an amusement park you MORONS!!!

  • Will

    Let’s keep focussing on improving transportation for the cyclists. A sky tram? Really? How about more bike lanes so that we can stop hearing about cyclists killed on these unsafe roads!

  • The Captain

    This is an incredibly stupid idea. I'll bet there's a little pocket lining going on here for the folks doing the feasibility study.
    1. The ridership won't be there.
    2. The cars get too hot in summer.
    3. The price of a ride will have to be expensive to maintain it.
    4. It will intersect the airport landing traffic.
    5. No other cities have this kind of thing (not counting going up mountains) because it is simply a bad idea.
    6. Balboa Park is simply not cool enough for that many people to want to travel to from downtown.
    7. The cabbies are going to hate it and will probably plot to blow it up.

    A bus is a much better option to get tourists around.

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