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Friday, April 4, 2014

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.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Earlier today, I asked RIOC President Charlene Indelicato:
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.

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?
Ms. Indelicato replied:
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.

Thank you very much for your understanding.
UPDATE 8:15 PM: MR. Cordova reports just after 10 AM:
The tram practice evacuation drill was successful. The tram is back in full service


Lola said...

The drill might be mandatory but the date certainly isn't. Poor planning, but what else is new?

APS said...

Another example of the RIOC's stupidity, as usual.

rilander said...

It's not only RIOC's stupidity but their president's disregard for this community. As president she should be ordering, not requesting, a change in their scheduling of this drill. Governor Cuomo...if you really want the support of this community in November......

YetAnotherRIer said...

And POMA was right that it didn't cause any problem. Why do you guys always have to complain? I hope some of you will post and admit that you were wrong and complained too soon.

interestedparties said...

Who is the recipient that you are referring to? From my reading, all of the recipients are established, Island-based nonprofits. Who is the for-profit entity (or rather "the greedy, arrogant individual") that received money unfairly, at the expense of other Island organizations? I'm genuinely curious.

CheshireKitty said...

Think about it as you enjoy a cup of coffee, maybe a Starbucks venti espresso: When you are sufficiently wired, the answer should dawn on you..

interestedparties said...

I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean. What I asked is, who are you referring to? Thanks!

CheshireKitty said...

LOTSA luck if your hyper-caffeination didn't result in becoming wired, as expected.

Neither I, nor anyone else, can help you.

Maybe you should turn to the pharmaceutical industry for relief, i.e. try getting an anti-ADHD drug Rx to you by a licensed/qualified health-care provider.

OldRossie said...

interestedparties - let me try to help: Helen isn't actually referring to anyone specific. Have you ever had a pet bird, like a parakeet? for some reason you thought it was a good idea, you put it in a nice cage in your home, but over time it became this creature you were responsible for. You hate it, but it's a living thing, so you force yourself to clean up its mess, fill its food and water. But worst of all, every once in a while it makes that loud noise for no apparent reason, and you have no choice but to learn to ignore it? that's Helen. She'll make noise as if something is wrong, but it'll never be substantiated squawking.

Westviewer said...

Roosevelt Island Day Nursery?

KTG said...

I am almost positive RIDN is not-for-profit,

Westviewer said...

But maybe Kitty doesn't think so.

CheshireKitty said...

No - it's not RIDN. I can't say what it is. It isn't a non-profit.

CheshireKitty said...

I really can't say. Unfortunately, you also won't find out from reading the WIRE, either.

CheshireKitty said...

LOL, Rossie - although please don't refer to me as Helen. I wouldn't ever hate a pet bird, however. Most pet owners love their pets.

However, if you have had a pet you grew to dislike, I think the problem is with you.

Anyway why would you make that analogy about Kitty - if anything, Kitty is a cat, not a bird. The Cheshire Cat wasn't owned by anybody in the Lewis Carroll tale.

You're saying a pet owner who eventually becomes responsible for a pet, then grows to hate it? So why did they acquire it in the first place? Most pet owners don't acquire pets if they don't want them.

Anyway, if a pet owner can't handle a pet anymore, which is actually a sad situation but could happen, let's say if the owner becomes too old /infirm to care for a pet, or dies, there's always the various pet agencies, which try to find new homes for pets.

The pet bird's loud annoying noise is something that was always there - it couldn't have been something that just started afterwards. So, at some point, at least, the owner must have liked it.

I've been called many things - but likening Kitty to a bird - is all wrong. Especially since the main trait of Cheshire Kitties is to make wry comments on the topsy turvy world of RI, and then vanish until only an ironic grin remains! I could say plenty of insulting things about you Rossie - but what's the point?

Re the PPF: I can't say what the issue is; all I can say is that the RIOC Board is going to have a special meeting on the possible problem.

Westviewer said...

Why can't you say? You brought it up. You must have had something in mind. Or, maybe not.