Roosevelt Islander Online: Only 1 Cabin In Service, New Entrance And No Metro Card Machine At Roosevelt Island Tram Station Starting Today Thru July 21 For Second Phase Of Tram Haul Rope Replacement Project

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced last evening that work on
the second phase of the Roosevelt Island
Tram Haul Rope Replacement project
begins today requiring the shutdown of 1 of the two Tram cabins. 

According to last night’s RIOC advisory:

Continued Tram Haul Rope Replacement

Please be advised that due to ongoing critical and necessary tram work
beginning Wednesday, July 6th, 2022, until approximately Thursday, July
21st, 2022, the North Tram Cabin will be out of service. The South Cabin
will remain in service.

To accommodate this disruption, RIOC will be running a shuttle bus Mondays
through Fridays from 3PM to 8:30PM, between the Roosevelt Island Tramway and
the Tram Station at 60th St and 2nd Ave in Manhattan. …

On June 14, I reported:

… According to a knowledgeable source, RIOC will start work on the North
Cabin Tram Rope the week after July 4 for 2 weeks…. 

But until last evening there was no official word from RIOC of the change in
Tram service starting today. A Roosevelt Island resident reported today:

This morning was a major event. I took what I thought was my usual short cut
to the Tram and was faced with signs showing the new temporary entrance to the
Tram. The Metro Card machine was blocked. I was told this new entrance was
created today. You must walk a full block as if you are going to the tennis
bubble. A warning would have been welcomed.

Another resident adds:

If RIOC doesn’t want more criticism than please inform the community better by all media necessary.

Residents reported on
Roosevelt Islander Instagram page

  • I was so mad this morning after running (with a bad knee) to catch the tram and
    seeing the convoluted new entrance… needless to say, I missed the tram by 10
  • Furious that in my morning commute I was at tram and needed to add more
    money on my metro card and I was told I must walk all the way to subway
    station to refill. You must be kidding!!!!!! Terrible for each and every
    resident commuting.
  • No card machine… and no OMNY… well done

The Metro Card machine was working at the Manhattan Tram Station.

Here’s some of the work done on Splice Day during the first phase of the Tram Haul Rope Replacement project on the South Cabin last month.


According to RIOC, the Manhattan Red Bus Shuttle:

Boarding Locations/Routes: 

  • Roosevelt Island to Manhattan: board at
    the R.I. Tram Station. Shuttle will make all northbound local stops to
    Capobianco Field (Opposite PS/IS 217)
  • Manhattan to R.I.: board at the southwest
    side of 2nd Avenue, between 58th & 59th Street. Shuttle will make
    all southbound local stops (beginning at 591 Main Street) to the Tram
  • Frequency: departing on the half hour, traffic depending.
  • Last Trip- Manhattan to R.I.: 8:30 PM Roosevelt Island to Manhattan: 8:00 PM

encourage riders to plan accordingly and anticipate increased wait
times for both the Tram and Red Bus shuttle. Please also consider
alternate transportation options such as the F-train subway, ferry or
Q102 bus.

We appreciate your patience.

RIOC has refused requests from residents and NYC Council Member Julie Menin to offer morning Manhattan Red Bus Shuttle service during the time of this project for those who may not be able to use the subway, bus or single Tram cabin. 

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