ROOSEVELT ISLAND TRANSPORTATION: TRAM, BUS, FERRY & SUBWAY

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

Updated: October 7th, 2022

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 is not set up with OMNY readers. If you use OMNY to enter the system, you will 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

Face masks are recommended for all on New York public transit, including subways and buses.

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 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. Current routes and schedules are here.

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