Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Is Air Conditioning Possible For Hot And Sweaty Roosevelt Island Tram Riders Asks RIOC Director? Maybe Is The Answer

Image Of Roosevelt Island Tram Riders 9/14/15

Reported in May 2013:
... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! When its hot can you PLEASE have the tram operators leave the doors open when docked? We really need the cross ventilation. Some operators do this - and say it's common sense. Others refuse. PLEASE make it a policy! Thank you....
... tram still has no cooling controls, nor do the tram stations, which now with the new imprisoning glass sarcophagus cook waiting passengers in the noon day sun....
  • A-C, pleas!!
  • or fan at least...
  • Anything!
  • I would not ride the tram in this weather it is to dam HOT
During September 8, 2015 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee meeting (full audio here), RIOC Director Margie Smith asked if it was possible for air conditioning to be installed in Roosevelt Island Tram cabins. Ms. Smith noted
... It's really, really hot and stuffy in that thing...
Ms.Smith said there was new, smaller sized air conditioning equipment that might work for the Tram.

RIOC Director Michael Shinozaki explained that the problem in the past with air conditioning on the Tram is the additional power required and increased weight which could reduce carrying capacity of the cabins.

RIOC President Charlene Indelicato replied that Tram air conditioning would be looked into.

Mr. Shinozaki elaborated on the physics of Roosevelt Island Tram air conditioning. Here's the discussion.

Maybe Roosevelt Island Tram air conditioning for next summer?