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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

RIOC Update On Roosevelt Island Tram Service Disruptions This Month, Only 1 Tram Cabin Running At A Time Due To Necessary Equipment Maintenance, Alternative Transportation Options Too

As reported November 3:

... Leitner-Poma, operator of the Roosevelt Island Tramway, has advised that, due to required inspections and maintenance on both Tram cabins (including the replacement of both cabin floors), the Tram will operate with one cabin, running on a peak schedule during the month of November....
A resident took to twitter last night, November 7, reporting on the crowded Tram cabins caused by the service disruption.
A photo posted by Bruce Knotts (@bknotts49) on

Today, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) issued this statement regarding the Tram Service disruption:
Unfortunately, the reduction of Tram service during the month of November will pose challenges to the regular commuter schedule of our community, but the inspections and maintenance currently in progress are required given the hours and cycles of operation of the Tram, especially with the upcoming winter season. This work will ensure the integrity of the equipment of the Tram and the longevity of its components. Part of this work requires the dismantling and reassembling of the Tram’s operational equipment and takes an extended amount of time to safely and successfully complete on both cabins. The Tram cabin in operation will depart the platform as soon as it is fully loaded to help reduce wait times as much as possible. We appreciate your patience during this necessary reduction of service.

Alternative transportation options include:

1. Red Bus Shuttle Service to and from Roosevelt Island (see full details at

2. Q102 Bus Service to Queens (

3. F Train Service to both Queens and Manhattan (

Note: The MTA has notified RIOC that there are no scheduled service disruptions for Roosevelt Island throughout November.
UPDATE 11/9: