Warner Bros. proposes tramway to Hollywood sign

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 30, 2018

Warner Bros. studios plans to construct an aerial tramway that will transport visitors from its studio lots to the famed Hollywood sign.

Warner Bros. studios plans to construct an aerial tramway that will transport visitors from its studio lots to the famed Hollywood sign, theLos Angeles Timesreported.

The $100 million project, called the Hollywood Skyway, would consist of a six-minute trip beginning next to Warner Bros.'s Burbank studio lot and ending at a new visitors center next to the sign. From there, visitors would be able to take a variety of footpaths to a viewing area. Ticket revenue from tram rides would be split between Warner Bros. and the city.
The studio hopes their plan would solve several issues surrounding the sign, including worsening traffic around the area due to an influx of tourists hoping to catch a peek of the sign and hikers traipsing through residential areas on their way to the sign. Residents blame improved GPS systems and the popularity of apps like Lyft, Uber, and even Instagram for the increased numbers of sign seekers going through their neighborhoods.

Similar proposals have been declined in the past over concerns about the environmental exploitation of Griffith Park, where the sign is located.

"This requires a bold solution," said Warner Bros. facilities head Jon Gilbert, who is spearheading the proposal. "Partial solutions are not going to do the trick."

Warner Bros. is not alone in its quest for easier access to the sign. Alex von Furstenberg, the investor, philanthropist, and son of designer Diane von Furstenberg, is currently working on a separate project to install a gondola ending at the sign and beginning at an undisclosed location

 

 

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