Roosevelt Island Tram
TN MOVING STORIES: Blasting on Second Avenue Subway Temporarily Halted, Ford and GM Resume Rivalry, More on Tappan Zee Funding Plans
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
Watch a video short about a desk toy who uses Google Street View to take a virtual road trip. (Link)
Houston's red light camera squabble has yet to be resolved. (Link)
Drag racers and drug smugglers drive Houston's car thefts. (Link)
More on paying for the Tappan Zee Bridge project: Governor Cuomo is looking for alternative financing (Bloomberg) -- but says talk of leveraging pension funds for infrastructure is "premature." (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Two California representatives want federal help with a struggling airport. (Los Angeles Times)
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey received a negative credit rating outlook. (The Record)
Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding is now California's gain. (Politico)
Ford and GM have a bitter rivalry that sometimes devolves into name calling. (Wall Street Journal)
If you see a NYPD officer rappelling down the Roosevelt Island Tram, don't be alarmed -- it's only an exercise. (NY1)
And: a map of every U.S. road accident victim between 2001 - 2009 (Guardian)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
By Jim O'Grady
(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The Roosevelt Island Tram will take to the skies above the East River this morning after shutting down for nine months of repairs. The $25 million overhaul was supposed to take six months. But the Roosevelt Island Operating Cooperation says delays were caused by city and state reviews and stretches of bad weather. In the meantime, the tram's approximately 2 million riders per year have been getting back and forth to Queens and Manhattan by bus, bridge and F train, each of which takes a lot longer than a four-minute ride by gondola.
All but the base of the tram's three towers have been replaced. Refurbished red cars have bigger windows for better views and waiting rooms and stations have been renovated and repainted. The cars will also travel along a wider cable designed to allow for faster service and less turbulence in high winds.
Safety has been an issue with the tram. A power outage in 2006 left 69 people trapped inside a gondola, dangling 200 feet above the river for several hours. Eight months before that incident, 80 riders were trapped on the tram for 90 minutes after a power outage.
The tram began service in 1976, about a year after the island itself opened to residents. A subway to Queens that served Roosevelt Island opened in 1989 but by then the tram had proved itself not only useful but iconic, so it remained in operation.
TN Moving Stories: Copenhagen To Open Bike Superhighways, and the Return of the Roosevelt Island Tram
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
By Kate Hinds
More on the FTA demanding repayment of $271 million in ARC Tunnel money from New Jersey Transit in the Wall Street Journal.
Construction company Schiavone, which has worked on the subway stations at Times Square and South Ferry, admitted that it defrauded government programs and evaded federal minority hiring requirements. (New York Times)
Copenhagen to open bike "superhighways," which will hopefully alleviate the "two-wheeler traffic jams (which) are especially regular on the main Noerrebrogade thoroughfare used by around 36,000 cyclists a day." (Grist)
Lufthansa says it will begin using biofuel on a daily flight beginning next year. (Alt Transport)
London Underground employees take part in another 24-hour strike--and say that walkouts could escalate in 2011. (BBC)
In Pakistan, trucks aren't just vehicles--they're art. (World Vision via WBEZ)
Some cities are testing a new network-based approach to parking. "Streetline...mounts low-cost sensors in parking spaces, retrofits existing meters and ties them into a mesh wireless network to draw a real-time picture of the spaces available, the cars needing tickets and how much to charge for parking." (Wired) One of those places is Roosevelt Island, which may also begin its own bike share program. (DNA Info)