Passengers Limits, Clearer Guidance

RIOC Tightens Tram Coronavirus Safety

Updated 11 weeks ago
Passenger capacity limits now in place.
Passenger capacity limits now in place.

Without fanfare, RIOC formally established limits on Tram passenger capacity and put visual guidance in place.

By David Stone

Waiting for the next Tram? Stay safely at a  distance.
Waiting for the next Tram? Stay safely at a distance.

The Roosevelt Island Tram's rarely crowded since New York PAUSE went into effect on March 22nd, shutting down most public activity, but there are sometimes enough riders to inspire caution. Tram operators have bravely carried on, ferrying passengers across the East River, and now, RIOC's making managing their jobs easier. 

Routine between rides cleaning.
Routine between rides cleaning.

North to south, RIOC's set an exemplary standard for continuing operations at the highest levels of safety without suffocating residents. These steps improve on an already solid effort.

  • Passenger capacity is now limited to 13 per ride.
  • Floor markers clearly tell riders where it's safest to stand on the platform as well as in the cabin.
  • One-hour's been added to the nightly shutdown to allow for extra cleaning and decontamination between trips compliments the routine.
"Keep Your Distance" on the Tram.
"Keep Your Distance" on the Tram.

With the MTA brainlessly strangling Roosevelt Island transportation with regular weekend F Train detours, demand increases should be expected for the Tram as well as ferry service, which is operating on a reduced schedule.

Photos courtesy of Deborah Julian.

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