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Roosevelt Island Tram Repairs Start Next Week, Reducing Service to One Car

By Shaye Weaver | July 17, 2017 4:34pm
 The Roosevelth Island Tram station.
The Roosevelth Island Tram station.
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ROOSEVELT ISLAND — Repairs will start next week on the Roosevelt Island Tram stations' platforms, reducing service at certain times to just one tram car instead of two, according to state officials.

Starting July 24, construction crews will be on scene at both the Roosevelt Island and the 59th Street Manhattan tram stations to do "much needed repairs" to the platforms, according to a flier posted by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation on social media.

The repairs are expected to continue through winter of 2018, and will sometimes result in just one tram car running at a time instead of two, RIOC said.

During these times, RIOC's Red Bus will provide free transportation between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan to make up for the reduced service, loading and unloading passengers at the respective tram stations.

The exact dates and times for repairs will be announced on RIOC's website as they are scheduled.

During a May 25 RIOC board meeting, president Susan Rosenthal said the "real problem" will be the coordination between different agencies to ensure the "least amount of disruption for those who use the train."

The RIOC, the MTA, and Leitner-Poma, the company that operates the tram, will be working together, she said.

"We will do our best to make it as painless as possible, but there's no way to replace the two platforms without some pain," she added.

The Roosevelt Islander Blog first reported on the repairs.