An aerial gondola system from an elevated platform next to South Station, to the Marine Park in the Seaport District is still being considered by private developers and public officials. If approved, it would be around a mile long and run thirty to fifty feet above Summer Street.
The developers, Millennium Partners and Cargo Ventures, have been talking to city and state officials about the gondola and recently found support with South Boston’s congressman, Stephen Lynch. Millennium is willing to foot the bill for the construction costs, an estimated $100 million, that would include the gondola’s Seaport terminus. Such a project would help reduce vehicular traffic and reduce carbon emissions but have yet to receive official support from the city of Boston or the Massachusetts Port Authority.
Despite concerns regarding the gondola system’s aesthetics as well as potential issues with other transportation projects like dedicated bus lines, Curbed Boston readers recently voted for this project as the best idea for Boston, beating out options to build more housing, going all out to draw Amazon’s second headquarters, implementing a tap-and-go fare system for the T, and co-living.