Sunday, December 17, 2017

Roosevelt Island Tram Service Operating On Regular Service Schedule With Both Cabins Starting Monday Morning December 18 Says RIOC - But Work Still Remains To Complete The Tram Platform Repair Project

The Roosevelt Island Parents' Network asked:
Some parents are asking about progress of tram maintenance. Could you please help me find out if it'll finish as promised or will need to take longer?
Good news for Roosevelt Island Tram riders. Both Tram cabins will be in operation tomorrow morning, December 18.

 Image of Roosevelt Island Tram Station Sunday December 17

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
As of 6:00AM on Monday, December 18, 2017, both tram cars will be in service operating on their regular schedule. The temporary Red Bus shuttle service that was offered during the tram platform renovation will no longer be in operation.

Tram platform repairs will still be on going. From December 18th through December 29th , it will be necessary for contractors to use one tram car between 6:30AM and 7:00AM, as well as between 2:00PM and 2:30PM daily. These are the only anticipated deviations from the regular tram operating schedule.

Both tram cars will remain in operation until the spring. RIOC anticipates that only one tram will be in operation for a period of three weeks to complete the renovations during that period.

We thank you for your patience and wish you a happy holiday season.
The Roosevelt Island Tram Platform repair project began July 24.  The station repair project often resulted in very, very long lines due to only a single cabin operating, frustrating many Roosevelt Island residents with the inconvenience. In August::
...  the RIOC Board approved an expenditure of up to an additional $160,000 to extend the Tram Station repairs work week to include Saturday's.

According to RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo, the extended work week will save at a minimum 30 days on the project's schedule. Mr. Russo said he hoped the Tram Station repairs will be completed before the end of 2017....
RIOC said both Tram Cabins will return to service by the end of 2017 and it looks like that will happen. An early Christmas/Chanukah holiday present for Roosevelt Island residents.