National Zoo Plan Calls for Aerial Tram, More Parking

Project to cost up to $1.1 billion

More parking, an aerial tram and a better overall visitor experience at the National Zoo are part of a 20-year plan that won final approval Thursday, according to the Examiner.

The National Capital Planning Commission approved the Smithsonian Institution's plan, which could cost between $900 million and $1.1 billion, the Examiner reported.

Some of the highlights of the plan:

  • A three-station aerial tram that would go from one end of the zoo to the other
  • A parking garage that would increase overall parking at the zoo by about 400 spaces
  • An drastic change to the zoo's infrastructure to make it easier to get around
  • Seven new animal exhibits
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