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Monday, June 3, 2013

No Roosevelt Island Tram Service Tomorrow Night 10 PM Thru 6 AM For System Upgrades Says RIOC - Will Tram Cooling System Be Part Of Upgrade?

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)


Please be advised on Tuesday, June 4th 2013, both Tram cabins will be out of service beginning at 10 PM due to routine scheduled system upgrades. The Tram will resume normal service on Wednesday, June 5th at 6 AM.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Anybody think a cooling system for the Tram

 (Tram Station Windows Open Providing Breeze During Hot Weather)

during the hot summer months is part of the system upgrade?

One resident notes from a previous post on the hot tram:
 the tram has always been Hot now that the hipsters are here paying big rents.its a issue. Really
which was answered by another:
You keep using words like Yuppie and Hipster, but I don't think you know what they mean.

Regardless, the Tram upgrade bid included Air Conditioning. RIOC sought out proposals that included it and it was part of the winning bid. Then, once it was "too hard to do", it seems they dropped it without so much as a second thought.

It's not about complaining, it's about expecting a newly renovated and modernized transportation option to have something that should and could be present. Even the old subway cars had fans in them.

The Tram is - like it or not - one of the more unique things about our island. It attracts visitors and also serves all residents. Asking for it to be comfortable and convenient doesn't seem like a silly request.
Another resident:
Its not about not being able to deal with the heat. Its the fact that RIOC isn't solving simple problems, and in the case of the tram station remodel making things hotter, more cramped, and less enjoyable. How much did they spend on "updating" the perfectly good tram station so now that place sizzles like a green house? This problem is so easily solved it is laughable that it hasn't been yet.
The tram upgrade was not completed according to the contract. There was also a daily monetary penalty for not finishing on time, which I don't think was ever collected or deducted from the cost. In the real world they would have been sued by the other bidder or bidders and probably RIOC. I would suspect that the former management of RIOC thought that they could do whatever they wanted, tell people anything and then duck the problem.


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