This page will be frequently updated, reflecting the current status of local transportation options. This a service of the Roosevelt Island Daily News.
Roosevelt Island Tram
The Tram is operating under normal conditions with both cabins in service. COVID-19 controls limit ridership to 35 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.
RIOC 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.
MTA Subway, Roosevelt Island Station
Routine services are currently split between the F on weekdays and E on weekends and late nights (after 9:45 p.m.). All subways close between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Along with the Tram, MTA Q102 buses connect with several subways at Queens Plaza. The trip is usually less than 10 minutes.
Latest news for Roosevelt Island
- Quick hit: New York City passes a million vaccinated milestone while Roosevelt Island infection rate stays lowGathering information from the Department of Health, The City, yesterday, reported that 1,038,220 city residents have been vaccinated. It’s a milestone, but we have a long way to go.
- 12 Good Reasons Why RIOC Public Purpose Funds Are A Big MessRIOC’s Public Purpose Funds mess is a natural outgrowth of profound laziness, official indifference to fairness and clinging to personal agendas. These 12 good reasons are those seeking grants. The nonprofits work hard and even harder at presenting their appeals, but the RIOC/Common Council pairing fails at living up to their efforts.
- FDR Four Freedoms State Park Now Opens Its Arms Ever WiderFour Freedoms State Park opens its arms wider, starting today. Already heralded as New York City’s most serene retreat, the park extends itself to visitors previously unable to enjoy its pleasures in full. A project begins today.
- Strange as ever, RIOC flipped (its lid) for Cousins Maine Lobster food truck…This weekend, RIOC flipped its lid over a date with Cousins Maine Lobster’s food truck. Not awful because people love their sandwiches, but why is the state agency promoting a commercial business? From out of town. When it rarely does a damn thing for locals…?
- Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Presented Queen Esther’s Gambit for Purim 5781/2021By Janet Falk Purim, a joyous and comedic holiday celebration, filled with fun and parody based on the Biblical story of Esther, was celebrated online by Rabbi Joel Shaiman and the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC) on Thursday night, February 25, with a full evening of activities for all ages. The evening began with a