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Jan 06, 2017
Photo of the Week, Roosevelt Island Tram

Photo of the Week: Roosevelt Island Tram

Driving to NYC – Ed Koch Bridge… clicked from moving car .. #sonyrx100m5 #sonyrx100v #nyc #sunset #rooseveltisland #tram #rooseveltislandtram #clouds #beauty #dusk #evening #island #cablecar #edkochqueensborobridge A photo posted by @geetatime on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:26pm PST #weekendgetaway #nyc #newyorkcity #nycfall #fallinnewyork #rooseveltisland #rooseveltislandtram #rooseveltislandtramway #justgoshoot #urbanexplorer #urbanexploration #urbanromantix #latergram A photo posted by...

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May 18, 2016
Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Tram: 40 Years of Cable Transit

From a temporary transport solution to now an iconic symbol of Roosevelt Island, the Roosevelt Island Tramway has come along way in its 40 years. Today it continues to provide the millions of annual commuters and visitors with a high level of service between the island and Manhattan. Most residents cannot comprehend a life without the...

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Jun 17, 2013
Roosevelt Island Tram

Privacy, Proximity and Urban Cable Cars: Roosevelt Island Tram

Last week I had a post which asked readers to identify if they saw anything peculiar with the Roosevelt Island Tram. We’ve received some great responses and Erik was able to pinpoint exactly what I was looking for. We noticed that a new building was being constructed literally only a few meters from the existing...

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Jun 12, 2013
Roosevelt Island Tram

Tram Trivia: RIT, New York

So a few weeks ago I was in New York City for a short weekend jaunt. Obviously as a true transit geek, no trip to the Big Apple would ever be complete without a visit to the Roosevelt Island Tram. Upon arrival, everything seemed normal for a Saturday night ride — there were few commuters...

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Dec 18, 2012
Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Tram & Hurricane Sandy

Anyone care to venture a guess as to which public transit system in New York City was first to whir back to life after the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy? As frequent commenter Giorgio first mentioned here, the Roosevelt Island Tramway was back up and running days before any other fixed link transit system in the...

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Nov 27, 2012
Just For Fun, Marketing Issues, Roosevelt Island Tram, Safety

The Punisher Attacks The Roosevelt Tram

In our never-ending quest to document how the world of Hollywood fiction views cable cars and all mass transit as a mortal threat to your safety, we give you this:

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Jun 13, 2012
Funifor, Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Tram – From a Tourist Perspective

So this weekend, I made a trip down to New York City to take in some of the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Being a natural transit nerd, I decided to make a side trip to Roosevelt Island (aka the Little Apple) to ride the Roosevelt Island Tram (RIT). Much to the chagrin of the...

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Feb 09, 2012
Design Considerations, Infrastructure, London Cable Car, Portland Aerial Tram, Roosevelt Island Tram

Where do you put the towers?

On this blog there’s a lot of talk about cable as a flexible and adaptable technology for urban transit. CPT can travel above roads and traffic, go through buildings, and cross rivers and gorges. But for all that to work there needs to be space for towers and stations, too. So what happens when a...

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Sep 01, 2011
Roosevelt Island Tram

Cable Propelled Transit in Google Earth

Thanks to Julia for finding this: We know we’re making progress when a Cable Propelled Transit system makes its way into Google Earth 3D. Apparently the Roosevelt Island Tram can now be found in Google Earth by selecting to show all 3D Buildings. Towers, stations, cables and cabins included: I love living in the future....

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Dec 17, 2010
Engineering, Roosevelt Island Tram

Cable Propelled Transit: An Open Technology?

The new Roosevelt Island Tram (RIT) is likely to generate renewed interest in cable transit and urban gondolas. What it may also do is demonstrate to the wider transit planning community that Cable Propelled Transit is an “open” platform and not (necessarily) subject to the issue of proprietary technology. Let me explain: The Roosevelt Island...

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