Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza

Roosevelt Island Transportation

This page will be frequently updated, reflecting the current status of local transportation options. This a service of the Roosevelt Island Daily News.

For the week beginning on Saturday May 8th, 2021…

Roosevelt Island Tram

The Tram is operating under normal conditions with both cabins in service. COVID-19 controls limit ridership to 55 passengers. The Tram closes every night from 1:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m., and it participates in MTA Easy Pass system, including free transfers between it and MTA buses and subway.

Normal schedule is every fifteen minutes on the quarter hour, except during rush hours when cabins run every 7 1/2 minutes.

MTA Subway, Roosevelt Island Station

Weekend and Weekday service is normal, this week on the F Line, but there is a major exception for late night services:

May 19th – 14th, Monday to Friday, 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM: 
F trains will not serve 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St, and 57 St because of signal modernization.

MTA Shuttle Buses between Roosevelt Island and Queens Plaza will fill in during these hours.

Click here for up-to-date information on all MTA subway lines.

Along with the Tram, MTA Q102 buses connect with several subways at Queens Plaza. The trip is usually less than 10 minutes.

RIOC Red Buses

Roosevelt Island Red Buses

Red buses are free and operate at all marked stops at 15 minute intervals on a route that circles from Southpoint Park and The Octagon. Rush hours increase service to 7 1/2 minutes.

NYC Ferry

NYC Ferry brings full time service to Roosevelt Island on the Astoria Line. Connections are available for all city boroughs, except Staten Island. Click here for all schedules.

Latest news for Roosevelt Island

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