Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reminder From RIOC, Roosevelt Island Tram Operator Leitner Poma Performing Tram Safety Inspections July 28 To August 8 - One Cabin In Use Weekdays, Two On Weekends

As reported July 23, the operator of the Roosevelt Island Tram, Leitner Poma,

will be conducting a comprehensive safety inspection of the Tram starting tomorrow, July 28. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
As a reminder, the Roosevelt Island Tramway will be undergoing a comprehensive safety inspection from Monday, July 28th until Friday, August 8th. Leitner-POMA has issued the following service change:

Monday, July 28th to Friday, August 1st

Service every 15 minutes from each station from 6 AM- 2 AM.

Saturday, August 2nd & Sunday, August 3rd

Service will be provided with both cabins every 7.5 minutes from 7 AM to 10 PM.

Monday, August 4th to Friday, August 8th

Service every 15 minutes from each station from 6 AM- 2 AM.

Saturday, August 9th

Tram service will resume with both cabins at 6 AM.

For more information, please call 212-832-4559.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Leitner - Poma explains the reason for the safety inspection.



Arial transportation systems require systematic inspection routines. Roosevelt Island Arial Tramway is a state of the art ropeway transportation system used for mass transportation in an urban environment. It is subject to New York State licensing and inspection process. In addition the tramways manufacture requires multiple layered inspection routines. Inspections and testing are done on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to assure safe and reliable service. A staff of approximately 25 members is employed using New York City based individuals. This staff is charged with the responsibilities of daily operation and maintenance. Most of the inspections and testing are accomplished by them.

However, higher level inspections and testing are performed to assure the design and engineering integrity are maintained. These inspections are performed by engineers, factory personnel and the local staff. These tests are complex and require longer periods of time than allowed during the normal shutdown.

The tram schedule during the inspection will be as follows;
Monday. July 28th. To Friday August 1st.... Tram service will be provided with one single cabin.
Saturday. August 2nd. And Sunday. August 3rd... The tram will resume service with both cabins.
Monday. August 4th. To Friday. August 8th... Tram service will be provided with one single cabin.
Saturday. August 9th. 06:00 AM... The tram will resume service with both cabins.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Leitner‐ Poma of America

Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway – Operators.
6 sqft has a brief history of the Roosevelt Island Tram:
... In the early 1970s, under the direction of the urban planner and visionary Edward J. Logue, the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) created a model for a high-density, mixed-income urban community for the development of Roosevelt Island, necessitating a more efficient mode of transportation. In 1971 with the trolley tracks beyond repair, and the 63rd Street subway far from completion, the UDC hired Lev Zetlin Associates (LZA) to identify and design the future connection to the island. Award-winning structural engineer James O’Kon led the LZA team through a feasibility and design study, examining three alternate modes of transit including a ferry, elevator from the bridge and an air tram. The tram was selected with the intent for it to serve as a temporary solution for commuters while the 63rd Street subway was still under construction. However, as the completion schedule for the new subway line was continually pushed back, the air tramway’s popularity grew and it was later converted into a permanent facility....
Click here for the full article.