Friday, April 25, 2008

Try the Roosevelt Island Shuttle Slingshot Because There is No Weekend F Train Service From Manhattan to Roosevelt Island

Image from MTA

F train subway service disruptions return to Roosevelt Island. According to the MTA, there will be no F train service to Roosevelt Island from Manhattan this weekend. The F train to Queens will be running on the E line from West 4th street to Roosevelt Avenue (not Roosevelt Island) in Jackson Heights, Queens. For those still wishing or needing to take the subway to Roosevelt Island from Brooklyn or Manhattan, take the F train to Roosevelt Avenue and then cross over to the Manhattan bound side for the F train which will deposit you on Roosevelt Island. Plan for at least an additional 30-40 minute travel time. The Roosevelt Island Tram will be working.

For those wishing to avoid any added travel time, there is another option. The MTA and RIOC have thoughtfully provided another new experimental transportation system for Roosevelt Islanders to cross the East River. It's a slingshot type of device called the Roosevelt Island Shuttle being tested at the nearby Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Here's a sneak peak at the current plan to supplement our transportation infrastructure and what is in store for Roosevelt Islanders when the Tramway shuts down next year for repairs.

Sometimes it does not work so good and you go for a swim. Here are some other experimental transportation systems being considered for crossing the East River.

RIOC is also reporting a Roosevelt Island Bridge advisory for this weekend with only one lane open and traffic direction reversals.