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Monday, February 16, 2015

Roosevelt Island Manhattan Tram Station Elevators Remain Out Of Service - RIOC To Provide Roosevelt Island Red Bus Shuttle To And From Manhattan Tuesday, February 17 From 7 AM - 8:30 PM

The Roosevelt Island Manhattan Tram Station elevators have been out of service since Friday morning February 13.


A Roosevelt Island resident known as Rislander comments:
The red bus must be available automatically and immediately any and all times the tram elevators are out of service. We should not have to round up people to contact RIOC to get the red bus going. This weekend, with the 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue station elevator out as well, there was no way elderly, parents with strollers, or the disabled could get on and off this rock. Further, when the elevator and lift are out, RIOC must post people on the Manhattan side who are able to assist people who need help on those stairs. If the tram employees or PSD's contract won't allow it, then get other help....
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) provided Red Bus Shuttle service to and from Manhattan


on Friday evening from 4 to 8 PM but not during the President's Day weekend including today.

RIOC announced earlier today that they will provide Roosevelt Island Red Bus Shuttle service to and from Manhattan tomorrow.

According to RIOC:
Notification issued 2/16/2015 at 2:00 PM. Due to an elevator service outage at the Manhattan Tram Station, the RIOC Red Bus will provide special shuttle service to and from Manhattan for those with limited mobility.

From Roosevelt Island to Manhattan: The shuttle will depart from the Roosevelt Island Tram Station at 7:00 AM on February 17, 2015 every thirty minutes. The last shuttle will depart at 8:00 PM

From Manhattan to Roosevelt Island: The shuttle will depart from the southwest corner of 58th Street and 2nd Avenue every thirty minutes beginning at 7:30 AM ON February 17, 2015 The last shuttle will depart at 8:30 PM.

Signs will be posted at shuttle bus stop locations and Tram employees will direct passengers to the shuttle bus stops if necessary.
At least one parent with a stroller managed to make her way to the Manhattan Tram platform without the elevators yesterday afternoon.

Parent With Stroller At Manhattan Platform Entering Tram On Sunday Afternoon

More on RIOC's plan for new Manhattan Tram Station elevators at previous post.

UPDATE 2/17 at 8:15 PM - Earlier today I asked RIOC President Charlene Indelicato:
There appears to be some confusion regarding the Red Bus Manhattan Shuttle route and stops.

Some residents are reporting today that the Shuttle was not stopping at the Tram Station and other problems.

Any update from RIOC on the Red Bus Shuttle Route, Stops, whether it will continue tomorrow and status of the Tram Elevator repairs.

Also, any statistics on the number of people using the Red Bus Shuttle today.
Ms. Indelicato replied the Red Bus Shuttle:
will continue until one of the elevators are fixed. I don't have answers to the other questions yet
UPDATE 10:15 PM - According to RIOC:
Notification issued 2/17/2015 10:00 PM tram elevators are not running]

ROOSEVELT ISLAND TO MANHATTAN:

The first trip to Manhattan will be at 7:00 AM tomorrow, February 18, 2015 and will run every hour with the last Manhattan bound trip leaving at 8:00 PM. The Manhattan bound bus will leave from the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza and will make the following additional stops: 546 Main Street; 580 Main Street; Across from I.S. 217.

MANHATTAN TO ROOSEVELT ISLAND:

The first trip from Manhattan, leaving from the S/W corner of 58th Street and 2nd Avenue, will be at 7:30 AM and will run every hour thereafter with the last Roosevelt Island bound trip leaving Manhattan at 8:30 PM. Once on Roosevelt Island, the shuttle will make the following stops: I.S. 217; 579 Main Street (M&D Deli); Good Shepherd Plaza; Riverwalk Bar&Grill; Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza.

To reiterate, the Shuttle Service will continue until one of the elevators at the Manhattan Tram Plaza is back in service. If you have any questions, please call the Public Safety Department at 212-832-4545. Thank you for your patience.

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