Monday, September 4, 2017

Roosevelt Island Labor Day Weekend Transportation Mess, No F Train To Manhattan, Long Lines And Waiting Times For Tram And Ferry

The Roosevelt Island 2017 Labor Day Weekend transportation fiasco got worse today. Not only was there no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan and long lines

  at the Tram for the single cabin in operation due to the Platform repair project,
but there were also long lines and waiting time to get on the new Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Ferry service today.
One resident reported this morning:

We did not fit on the previous ferry so took the one to Astoria instead. But at Astoria, you have to get off and come back on the ferry so again you may not be allowed on.

Can RIOC speed up the Tram repairs, add F Trains or Ferries?

All these people

 were left behind and have to wait another 35 minutes.
Another resident:
It is so UNACCEPTABLE for residents who live on Roosevelt island to be paralyzed to get anywhere in manhattan. No F train, long lines at the tram and long lines at the ferry. Ferry too full Have to wait 20+min for the next ferry, didn't get on the 2nd ferry either. Lines at the tram just as long. šŸ˜” thanks for ruining my evening MTA New York City Transit and Roosevelt island tram.
And another:
I agree. Marooned on this island this weekend. I attempted to take the tram with this line... then the ferry line was just as bad. Ridiculous!
Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee Chair Aaron Hamburger shares this message he sent to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
Labor Day weekend travel was the worst I ever experienced. Very long lines at the Tram.

Instead I took the F to Roosevelt Ave. Then transferred to the F going to Manhattan. Had to go to W. 4th St. station in order to get the train I needed. Instead of the F of being express in Queens, the F was local. That meant we went to 7 stations instead of the usual 2.To matters worse both elevators at Roosevelt Island were out-of service for the entire weekend.

Yes I could have taken the ferry but that was only convenient if you were going downtown. I was going uptown. Anyway, it took me 90 minutes to get to my destination instead of the usual 40 minutes.

I thought RIOC was going to work with the MTA to prevent this terrible situation. What happened? Was there no contact with the MTA?
Not to mention that the Tram Metro Card machine was out of order.

What a mess this weekend
It appeared that many of the people at the Tram and Ferry were tourists.

We could have used Spider-Man today.