Roosevelt Island Tram arrives at Second Avenue.
Roosevelt Island Tram arrives at Second Avenue.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

As we reported in January, necessary repairs will limit Roosevelt Island Tram service to a single cabin for an estimated 10 to 12 weeks. The partial shutdown begins on Thursday, February 14th, Valentine's Day.

You should be prepared for significant delays during rush hour commutes. RIOC secured guarantees from the MTA that no work requiring reductions in subway service will take place during the Tram repair interval.

Nevertheless, the daily risk of subway snafus, from sick passengers to faulty switches, cannot be lessened. There will be unexpected, unplanned disruptions. That's inevitable.

During this period, we will try to keep residents as up to date as possible whenever something goes wrong. Watch for posts here on our front page and on our Roosevelt Island Daily Facebook Page. 

RIOC offered the following details:

Why is this work happening?

The Roosevelt Island Tram is scheduled to undergo two major maintenance projects, consisting of rope relocations and gearbox overhauls. This required work is to ensure the safest transportation system possible and to extend its service life into the future.

How will my commute be affected?

During this required maintenance project, expected to last up to 12 weeks, only one Tram will be in operation. Please plan for additional travel time when commuting during this period.

What are my travel alternatives?

Red Bus Shuttle service will be available to and from the Manhattan Tram Station every weekday from 3 PM to 8:30 PM, beginning from the R.I. Tram Station.

Red Bus Shuttle pick-up locations:

Manhattan: Southwest corner of 58th St. and 2nd Ave.
Roosevelt Island: Tram Station Plaza

MTA subway F line ( and the NYC Ferry service are available to and from Manhattan.

Q102 bus service is also an option to connect to Midtown Manhattan-bound trains at Queensboro Plaza.