“Due to technical issues the Roosevelt Island tram is not operational at this time and until further notice. We will update when service resumes,” RIOC advised at 6:23 a.m. They offered no further details. We will keep you posted as soon as more information comes in.
UPDATE: As of 12:03 p.m., RIOC says the Roosevelt Island Tram is back in service.
That has not changed, and RIOC has not explained what’s wrong or how long it could last.
Options Until Further Notice
- For most travelers, the F Train Shuttle is your best option, but the Roosevelt Island station is frequently undone for many by broken escalators and elevators. Be alert.
- The always reliable Q102 gets you not only into Queens, but it also gets you fairly quickly to Queens Plaza where many lines are accessible, including the F.
- The weird Queens Shuttle Bus run by RIOC goes from the Graduate Hotel to Queens Plaza. Although it duplicates the Q102 route, RIOC has not apparently thought of running it to Manhattan, filling in for the broken Tram.
- Finally, the NYC Ferry is reliable and available. Keep in mind, though that it was designed for “underserved communities,” meaning you might get off in a transit desert.