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Subway, Tram, Ferry, Helix, Roosevelt Island's Transportation Oddities

Updated 48 weeks ago David Stone
Subway, Tram, Ferry, Helix, Roosevelt Island's Transportation Oddities
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As we head into the second weekend of September, accumulating exceptions and oddities encompass every Island mode of public transportation and driving. The Daily's on hand to help you keep up.

NYC Ferry: Let's start with the easiest. This weekend marks the end of ferries on summer schedules. New fall schedules begin on Monday. You can check them out by clicking here. 

Subway, Tram, Ferry, Helix, Roosevelt Island's Transportation Oddities
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F Train: F Trains will rumble into and out of the leaky, filthy, Third World Roosevelt Island station with the standard level of unreliability this weekend - you know trains arriving at intervals anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes apart - but once on the west side of the river, at 63rd & Lex, they are rerouted along the Q Express Line in both directions, to and from Brooklyn.

Subway, Tram, Ferry, Helix, Roosevelt Island's Transportation Oddities
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The Tram, although Leitner-Poma, its operator under contract with RIOC, is supposed to have backup equipment on hand to prevent restrictions, still has its north cabin running at 50% capacity, awaiting replacement of a faulty gearbox.

Subway, Tram, Ferry, Helix, Roosevelt Island's Transportation Oddities
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Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix, where they're already months behind schedule and hundreds of thousands over on costs, will again be restricted to single lane traffic today (6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.), Saturday (6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) and Monday (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.).

Subway, Tram, Ferry, Helix, Roosevelt Island's Transportation Oddities
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It's funky, not horrible, and the sun threatens to brighten up New York, both days, this weekend.

Enjoy.

 

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