No Manhattan Bound Roosevelt Island F Train This Weekend Or Next - RIOC Advises Tram Rescue Drills Sunday 6 - 10 AM
According to the MTA's Weekender:
F Coney Island-bound trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St
Weekends, 11:15 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, until Apr 14
Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.
No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds that Tram Rescue Drills will be conducted on Sunday April 6. According to RIOC:
Please be advised that this Sunday, April 6, an evacuation drill will take place on the Roosevelt Island Tramway from 6 AM until 10 AM. A single cabin will be running continuously during this time to avoid disrupting Tram service. Expect to see emergency personnel in the area.Earlier today, I asked RIOC President Charlene Indelicato:
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
I have received questions from residents asking why the Tram Evacuation Drill is scheduled during the same weekend (Sunday April 6) that there is no Manhattan bound F running from Roosevelt Island. As stated in the Advisory below, there will only be one Tram Cabin operating Sunday from 6- 10 AM.Ms. Indelicato replied:
As you know, the Tram becomes very crowded when there is no weekend F Train servicing Roosevelt Island in one direction or the other even when both cabins are in operation.
Is it possible to reschedule Sunday's Tram Evacuation Drill to a day when there is full F Train Service.
Is there any statement from RIOC on this matter?
I have been advised by POMA, our tram operator, that 6:00 am to 10:00 am on a Sunday morning is of the least impact on ridership. I have sent your request for a delay until there is full service on the F train to POMA but I believe that coordinating with the F train schedule would be indeed difficult.Armando Cordova of Poma's Tram Operations adds:
Yes we’re very much aware of the “F” train schedule change. We are actually conducting this mandatory practice drill on Sunday morning from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. which is the time frame with the least impact to our passenger service, Also we will have one tram cabin in operation. Please remember it is of great importance to the safe operation of the tram to conduct this kind of training. It is our responsibility to be ready at all times in case of any emergency situation.UPDATE 8:15 PM: MR. Cordova reports just after 10 AM:
Thank you very much for your understanding.
The tram practice evacuation drill was successful. The tram is back in full service