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DC To Study Gondolas Despite Not Making Sense, Not Having Funding

Buried deep within the District of Columbia’s new $12.9 billion dollar budget is a small $35,000 expenditure that would explore the feasibility of a gondola system between Georgetown and Rosslyn, Va.

The entire feasibility study is going to cost an estimated $200,000, though somehow the Georgetown Business Improvement District, a group of business owners in the area, was able to raise $130,000, so they only need about $35,000 each from D.C. and Virginia, The Washington Post reported.

Arlington County hasn’t yet chipped in its share of the money for the study, and it doesn’t have a source for the funding.

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, chair of the council’s transportation committee, advocated for the gondola study funding even though she doesn’t know if it would make sense.

“We have to realistically explore all forms of transportation,” she told the Post. “It may not make any sense, it might not be feasible, but I do think it makes sense to explore it.”

There are currently a variety of transportation options to get a person from Rosslyn to Georgetown, and none of them involve a gondola system.

There is a DC Circulator route that runs from Rosslyn to Georgetown and all the way to the White House that costs about a dollar.

There is the regular Metro bus that runs from Rosslyn through Georgetown.

D.C.’s Capital Bike Share program has six stations dispersed throughout Georgetown and four in Rosslyn.

And a person could simply walk across the Key Bridge, which is less than a mile and would take about 15 minutes.

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