Friday, April 4, 2008

No Weekend F Train Service to Manhattan From Roosevelt Island - But Meet the Roosevelt Island Tram's Bilbao Grandfather, Biscay Transporter Bridge

F Train T shirt image from Everything NYC

The MTA is reporting that there will be no Manhattan bound F Train service from Roosevelt Island this weekend.

How do other cities transport people and vehicles over rivers? Was this the Roosevelt Island Tram's Grandfather? From UNESCO:
At the end of the 19th century, Martín Alberto de Palacio y Elissague was given the task of building a bridge over the Nervión, in the Basque country (Spain), with one prerequisite: uninterrupted river traffic. To meet the challenge, the engineer dreamed up the first metallic bridge with a gondola.
Take a look at this You Tube video of the Biscay Transporter Bridge located in Bilbao Spain.

Here is another similar type of gondola bridge, the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge in North-East England.

You Tube Video here.