Friday, June 18, 2010

Report From RIOC President - Tram Delayed, Work Moves To Manhattan, Sign Up To Address Board Directors, Roosevelt Island Day & More

RIOC President Steve Shane sends the following report to Roosevelt Island residents. Mr. Shane updates us on:
June 17, 2010

1. Board of Directors: Next meeting, originally scheduled for June 24 has been postponed to June 28, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. with a brief public-comment period before the official start of the meeting. Anyone wishing to speak should sign up in advance at either the RIOC office or on the RIOC website at The Agenda will be published on the RIOC website.

2. Tram: Currently, sixteen weeks after shutdown, POMA advises that the schedule for reopening has fallen behind by about a month to the first week of October. The Contractor has offered a variety of excuses for the delay, chief among them being crane availability. Station work proceeds apace at both ends. A crane was delivered to the Island by barge on June 2. The top of the Island tower is in place. On to Manhattan. Preliminary architectural design for station improvements continues. There will be a community presentation for reaction, comment and decisions about trade-offs.

3. Bus service:
A. Red Bus Shuttle to Manhattan: Weekdays and Weekends, Same stops and service into and returning from Manhattan -See the schedules posted on RIOC s web site and on the posters throughout the Island. If the F train is not in service, the frequency into and out of Manhattan will be increased to every half-hour weekdays, and, on weekends, hourly on the hour from the Island starting at midnight until 10:00 a.m. and every half-hour thereafter, returning from Manhattan 30 minutes after departure. Fares are $1.00, with seniors, disabled and children (5-16) at 50 cents.
B. Q102: The MTA continues to operate the Q102 bus on the Island on its published schedule, with the route changed eliminating the alternating Coler – Goldwater loops.
C. Red Bus: Service continues on the Island as previously.

4. Southpoint: The Southpoint area remains closed while active construction is under way on both the FDR Memorial and Green Rooms/Wild Gardens projects. Work is on schedule and we expect to reopen the paths as far south as the Renwick Ruin by the fall, although planting will require restrictions until the growth takes hold.

5. Projects:
A. Octagon Soccer Field resurfacing: Work continues and when complete, new specimen trees will be planted at designated locations. The schedule indicates completion around the end of July.
B. Other: Sportspark, Motorgate joint repair, fiber-optic cabling, Good Shepherd plaza and HVAC, street lighting, etc., all keep Engineering very busy. The pilot test of LED lighting at Motorgate is underway in the new section, levels 3 & 4. Come see.
C. AVAC: New compactor chambers have arrived and are being installed. New paneling is complete.
D. Security Cameras: The cables are being pulled for a street security camera system. First two cameras are installed and the system should be operational by mid summer.

6. Roosevelt Island Day: June 19. Come on out and enjoy. Child ID Protection program. Bicycle stenciling. Fun and games.

7. Reunion: The second annual RI Reunion is scheduled for Lighthouse Park on Saturday, June 19 from 1-11. Access to the park will be limited.

8. Traffic enforcement: With school ending, less congestion on Main Street, but more opportunity for speeders and stop sign and crosswalk scofflaws. Public Safety is stepping up enforcement, especially radar enforcement at the southern end of the Island.
This message also published as the RIOC column in the 6/19/10 Main Street WIRE.