ROOSEVELT ISLAND TRANSPORTATION: TRAM, BUS, FERRY & SUBWAY

Current updates and changes.

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

May 23rd, 2023

Roosevelt Island Tram

The Tram is currently in full operation with both cabins running.

The Tram participates in the MTA MetroCard system, including free transfers between it and MTA buses and subway. Caution: The Tram does not have OMNY readers. If you use OMNY to enter the subway system, you can not get a free transfer.

The normal schedule is every fifteen minutes on the quarter hour, except during rush hours when cabins run every 7 1/2 minutes. (See above for temporary changes.)

MTA Subway, F-Train, Roosevelt Island Station

F Trains service Roosevelt Island in both directions, although changes are made when construction or repairs are planned, usually on weekends.

For this weekend, June 3rd and 4th, until Monday at 5:00 a.m., the MTA detours all F Trains from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island onto the E Line. Details and alternatives here.

Platforms in both directions are ADA compliant with functioning elevators. Escalators at all levels are of varying reliability, sometimes forcing long climbs on stairways. If at all uncertain or of limited mobility, take an elevator.

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

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RIOC Red Buses

Roosevelt Island Red Buses

Red buses are free and operate at all marked stops at (sometimes erratic) 15-minute intervals on a route that circles from the entrance to 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. Current routes and schedules are here.

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