Saturday, August 20, 2011

Problems With Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin Stopping and Swinging This Afternoon Frightening Some Passengers - North Cabin Taken Out Of Service Later In Day

 Image of Roosevelt Island Tram Station and Cabins. North Cabin on Left Out of Service

There was a problem on the Roosevelt Island Tram North Cabin this afternoon. This report was made to the RI 311 See Click Fix System:
Tram stopped suddenly and started swinging wildly!

On Sat. 8/20- around 2:45pm- my sister, Janet Shea called me at home to tell me that while she was aboard the Manhattan bound tram- it stopped suddenly and started swinging wildly. She and the other passengers were very afraid. She spoke to the Cabin Attendent, who stated he could not bring the cabin backwards slowly to the Tram station on the Island.. He also stated to her that he was now afraid- as this was the second time today this type of incident had occurred. There were no high winds, lightning, etc.. I also called PSD as soon as I was told and they were not informed. I called RIOC- the main number and you cannot get anyone there.. This is happening way too much with a brand new 25 Million Tramway that took more than a year to complete.. This doesn't sound safe...
The Tram passengers made it to Manhattan safely. I walked by the Roosevelt Island Tram Station at about 3:30 PM and both cabins were in operation. An hour later, I received a phone call reporting that the North Cabin stopped just after leaving the Roosevelt Island Tram Station and was being brought back to the Roosevelt Island Tram Station. Another resident reported:
the tram has been having some issues today...I saw it stop twice and swing back and forth a couple hours ago, people were inside, but after each time stopping, it proceeded to the other side...now I see the safety guys are out there taking it up for testing.
At 5:07 PM, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) issued the following advisory:
The NORTH Cabin will be temporarily out of service until further notice.

Sincerely,

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
UPDATE 8/21 - The North Cabin was back in service when I walked by at 11:30 AM this morning. No explanation yet from RIOC for the cause of yesterday's problem or notice that it was back in service.

Image of Roosevelt Island North Tram Cabin Back In Service This Morning

UPDATE 8/22 - The Television program White Collar is shooting scenes on the North Cabin today. Hope they do not experience similar problems with the Tram stopping and swinging.

70 comments :

Mimi said...

Yikes!

Guest said...

on another note...there are not signs to suggest giving up your seat to and elderly or handicapped person, or even someone that is pregnant...I have not seen 2 incidents that there was almost a fist fight after a verbal fight when the tourist and their kids run on board of the Tram and think it is a joy ride and to snatch a seat...I myself spoke up for an older lady with a walker, a resident here a couple weeks ago...I asked that her and her 5 kids all with cameras and being loud and rude to please let the lady sit down..that the signs on the buses and trains all suggest it....she said, " what signs" ?Then a nice man also came over and asked the rude lady with her kids to please make room for the lady, and yes the elderyly lady is still standing there...There was a verbal fight and I said it is good to show your children to be polite and be considerate of those who need help....the kids replied. " We ain't giving up out seats on the tram to anybody "!  The man gave up his seat for her to sit. It should be made a rule to post some signs on the Tram as it is on the Red Bus and as the MTA does on all buses and trains. I have called RIOC, yet no signs have been posted..............so, go figure, that should have been important to RIOC and POMA

Heather Mill said...

The problem is, signs likely wouldn't make a difference. One shouldn't need a sign to practice common courtesy.

Guest said...

yes, that is true, but if there are signs, then the Tram operator could point to the signs for tourist or others that do not wish to help and give up their seat for someone that needs to sit down because of health and mobility issues. The signs would help remind those in good health that not everyone is able to navigate the city as easy as they are. People in chronic pain are everywhere, and to be able to sit down makes a big difference in their day..even more so in a moving train, bus, or the Tram. They could fall and injure themselves even more, or others. It is a matter of safety for everyone and having courtesy. The Tram is used by a lot of people because the Train is more difficult to manage.

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