Roosevelt Island Tramway

New York Roosevelt Island TramwayOne of the Tram cars arriving at the station.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

NY Tramway 2010 05James A. O'Kon alongside one of the Tram cars.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

The original Roosevelt Island aerial tramway - the first tram in the country to be used for urban transportation – was opened in May 1976. The tram was originally developed as a temporary mode of transit, while Island residents awaited the completion of the Island’s subway link. By the time the subway station finally opened, in 1990, the tram had become a popular and necessary mode of transportation. The tram continued to operate, serving two (2) million passengers annually, for a total of 34 years – double its projected service life of 17 years. The tram was shut down in March 2010 for a complete renovation. (From History of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation)

In 1971 The Urban Development Corporation retained Lev Zetlin Associates to select and design a transit connection to Roosevelt Island. James A O'Kon PE led the LZA team in carrying out a feasibility study and design. Three alternate modes were studied: a ferry, an elevator from the bridge, and the aerial tramway. The tramway was selected and the system was designed for bidding. Von Roll was selected to supply and erect the tram and its equipment. It was opened in July 1976 as a temporary solution for the island's commuting needs. As the subway project fell further behind schedule, the "tram" became more popular and was converted into a permanent facility. (from Roosevelt Island Tramway on Wikipedia)



Roosevelt Island Tramway

NY Roosevelt Island TramwayReady to pull out.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Roosevelt Island TramwayOn it way.