Perhaps the most fantastical idea generated by the Georgetown 2028 planning process is a Georgetown-Rosslyn Aerial Gondola Lift connecting Georgetown to the Rosslyn Metro station. A recent study revealed a gondola would be feasible. 

A gondola linking the two commercial districts and extending the Metro system with a high-speed transit connection could efficiently solve many transit issues for the commercial, residential, university, hospital and visitor constituencies.

Urban gondola systems have proven to be valuable transit connections in cities across the globe,
and are often developed when waterways and slopes don’t allow for more familiar modes.
For Georgetown and Rosslyn, we believe a gondola system might provide a great many benefits by reducing
car travel, inexpensively extending a Metro station, and linking Georgetown and Rosslyn’s
respective residential and commercial communities.
— Will Handsfield, the Georgetown BID’s Transportation Director

What is a gondola lift?

A gondola lift is a "car" suspended and propelled by moving cables strung between two stations.

The Project & Funding

The project kicked off with a study conducted and funded by a partnership that includes the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, Arlington County, Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), Georgetown University, Gould Property Company, JBG Companies, Penzance, and Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID).  The feasibility study’s objective was to identify and lay out the demand, financial, regulatory, design and real estate considerations of an aerial gondola lift between the two commercial districts.  Partners contributed a total of $215,000 in order to launch the study. The study deemed the gondola feasible.

The partners envision riders enjoying a hassle-free, four-minute ride that whisks them across the Potomac River as they savor the aerial and skyline views.