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My Mother and I are visiting NYC in October for 3 nights and want to ride the Roosevelt Island Tram, can you tell me if it has reopened yet?
Thank you, Ysanne Bonner (Hampshire, England)
NYC Insider Guide Answer:
The Roosevelt Island Tram is a great way to see NYC’s beautiful skyline on the return trip and it’s a little bit like an amusement park ride, especially with kids. The 4 minute ride, which offers spectacular views to its passengers, has been praised in the New York Times as “the most exciting view in New York City!” and costs the same as a subway ride. Board at 59th St & 2nd Ave.
Roosevelt Island Tram Comments
May 17, 2011
Roosevelt Island Tram Update
The Roosevelt Island Tram is officially open!
Running every 15 minutes (more often during rush hour) and gliding at a maximum speed of 16 mph, the Tram reaches a height of 250 feet above the East River. You can board at 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. The fare is equivalent to subway and bus fares. Metrocards are accepted.
The F line links Roosevelt Island with stations at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan and 21st Street/Queensbridge in Queens.
More Info: www.rioc.com
Aug 19, 2011
Roosevelt Island Tram
by: NYC Insider Guide
The Roosevelt Island Tram is a great way to see NYC’s beautiful skyline on the return trip and it’s a little bit like an amusement park ride, especially with kids. The 4 minute ride, which offers spectacular views to its passengers, has been praised in the New York Times as “the most exciting view in New York City!” It costs the same as a subway ride.
According to the Roosevelt Island Tram site: “On March 1st, 2010, two months shy of the 34th anniversary of its opening, service on the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway will be suspended for approximately six months for extensive modernization and upgrades. Opened in May 1976, the Tram was the first aerial tramway system in the United States to be used for urban mass transportation. Serving New Yorkers well by carrying over 2 million passengers per year, the Tram had a projected lifetime of 17 years. It was created as a temporary solution while subway service to Roosevelt Island was decades delayed.”
As of September 29, 2010 is not reopened, but it may be soon. Keep checking their website as I’m sure it will be on their home page as soon as it opens again. I’ll post back when I hear about the re-opening.