The Utah Department of Transportation made their big proposal last year to construct the world’s largest gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon to alleviate the traffic woes caused by the ski areas.
Alta and Snowbird are both in favor of the plan with terminals planned to be constructed at each ski area.
The response from the public has been, well…less than positive.
In response to growing concerns, FOX 13 News Utah conducted an investigative report to determine how much it might cost an individual to ride the proposed gondola.
One expert estimates it could cost as much as $200 per rider if UDOT is attempting to turn a profit. Another expert believes the fare could be as low as $14/day as long as UDOT implements as $25-$35 toll for vehicles.
Other estimates included in the report ranged around $100 per rider.
Any additional costs not covered by the gondola fee or toll would be placed on the taxpayers in the region.
Here’s the full report from FOX 13 News Utah:
The LCC gondola is an extremely controversial issue, and it appears as if there’s no end in sight.
I was initially in favor of the option as a skier who likes to visit SLC from time-to-time, but my opinion has wavered in recent months.
^Credit: Save Our Canyons
It seems like the gondola will wreck havoc on the lifestyle enjoyed by the locals who access LCC everyday.
They’re either going to have to pay for an annual toll pass (if that’s even offered), use the gondola, or get burdened with higher taxes.
That’s not even mentioning the fact that charging $200 for daily use is absolutely absurd. Who can afford to pay that?
What do you think about the LCC gondola, and how much would you be willing to pay for a ride if it’s constructed?