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: August 12th, 2022

Roosevelt Island Tram

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

The Tram participates in 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.

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 required for all on New York public transit, including subways and buses.

On the weekend of the 13th and 14th of August, F Train service will be limited Queens bound only. Read about that and your alternatives here.

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 here.

Latest news for Roosevelt Island

  • Stymied on OMNY for the Tram, Will RIOC Dip Deep into the Past?
    Stymied on OMNY, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) may have a solution. Cowed by bullying MTA brass, RIOC’s deep thinkers are rumored to be dipping into transit history for alternatives. As the story goes, they found something they can use. “We only need four, and then, we mint a bunch of tokens,” one official
  • RIOC Promotes Mary Cunneen, Staffer with a “History.”
    Mary Cunneen, then Director of Parks and Recreation at RIOC, got my attention in 2018 when I ran into two women crying on Main Street. Cunneen, they said, was trying to shut down the Southpoint Park Cat Sanctuary. The story was true, but we still don’t know why she did it. by David Stone The
  • When the Dog Ate Their Homework, RIOC’s Credibility Took A Hit
    RIOC’s credibility took a hit on Saturday. No, the dog did not eat their homework, but it was damn close. Their “AVAC plant was struck by lightning,” they said. Show jaw drops here. The trouble was, nobody saw it, and not a single lightning strike was recorded within hundreds of miles. It was an all-new
  • At RIOC, a Return to In-Person Board Meetings and the Lying
    Although there was plenty of misdirection and evasion as RIOC staged its first in-person post-COVID board meeting, we’ll focus on the worst of the lying. It was a return to tradition for the Shelton J. Haynes administration. by David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News The lying started right out of the gate… or, on
  • Update: Car Crashes Over the Roosevelt Island Seawall Overnight
    Around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, a car sped past Cornell Tech, lost control, crashed through the seawall and plunged into the East River. The driver, who the cops say appeared to be intoxicated, swam to safety along with his father who was a passenger. We’re updating the car crash with pictures of the aftermath. by

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