Friday, January 4, 2008

May be Easier Getting off of Gilligans Island then Roosevent Island on Saturday



Getting off Roosevelt Island this weekend is going to be difficult and frustrating because there will be no F train service to Manhattan and there will be a film shoot using one of the Tram cabins between 12-6 PM on Saturday.

According to the MTA F train service advisory:

Manhattan-bound trains run on the V from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts
Weekend, Jan 5 - 7
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon

How does this affect my trip?
~~ Trains skip 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av-63 St, and 57 St.

~~ For service to these stations, take the F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Queens-bound F.

~~ For service from these stations, take a Queens-bound F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound F.

Why is service being changed?
We are making electrical improvements to ensure that trains continue
to operate safely along the F line.

RIOC's Tram service advisory states:

Tram Advisory

On Saturday, January 5, a film crew will be occupying one tram car from noon to 6pm. There will be NO DISRUPTION in tram service, but please be aware that a film shoot will be taking place.

I asked RIOC President Steve Shane the following question? Given the increased tram ridership caused by the lack of F train subway service will the film shoot be cancelled if it interferes with Tram ridership? He replied:

We will do everything to accommodate. The priorities are passengers
first. The film crew understands, but you can appreciate how
inappropriate it would be to cancel them at the last moment when they
have incurred the cost and expense of set up, both for personnel and
materials and paid RIOC for that privilege. We have chosen a time when
we expected ridership demand to be at a fairly low ebb. We do not
control the MTA but will be cognizant of the need to accommodate.

The constant hassle to find a reliable transportation means on and off Roosevelt Island sometimes makes it feel as though Roosevelt Island residents are members of the S.S. Minnow Crew and are waiting to be rescued from Gilligan's Island along with Gilligan, The Skipper, Mary Anne, Ginger and the rest of the gang.

You Tube video link is here.

3 comments :

Philippe said...

Shane is an idiot. Since when is the tram empty on weekends when the F isn't running?

Why wouldn't they do it in the middle of a weekday? Who is on the tram then?

Anonymous said...

How many more months/years do we have to deal with a not-running F train in one direction on weekends? What is the MTA doing that the F has to suffer like this for an entire weekend? Why can't they do this late nite (sic)?

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