Newly Installed Concrete To Be Sealed and Coated

Partial Tram Shutdown for Platform Repairs Resumes May 16th

Updated 40 weeks ago David Stone
Partial Tram Shutdown for Platform Repairs Resumes May 16th
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The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation announced today that the Tram Platform Repairs halted by frigid weather in December will resume, next week, beginning Tuesday, May 15th. 5/14/18 Starting date for this work has been moved back one day until Wednesday, May 16th.

To protect newly installed concrete slabs making up the platforms, RIOC's contractor, Specialty Construction System, will apply sealant to guard against water seepage. A protective traffic coating will also be applied. The work is expected to take no more than 30 days.

Because the bulk of the work involves the North Tram, only the South Tram will be in service during the work period.

Time will also be needed for the MTA to reinstall MetroCard booths and turnstiles. That's already figured into the 30 day timetable.

To mitigate the reduction in service during evening rush on weekdays, RIOC will operate a free shuttle service between 2nd Avenue, south of East 59th Street, and the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza, according to Transportation Director Cy Opperman.

Service begins at 3:00 p.m. on 2nd Avenue side and will run on a half-hourly schedule. Last bus leaves 2nd Avenue at 8:30 p.m. 

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