Roosevelt Island Tramway

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591 Main Street
New York, NY  10044

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Borough: Roosevelt Island

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The Roosevelt Island Tramway was opened in 1976 as a means to shuttle residents to and from Manhattan. It was intended to reduce resident frustration with the New York City Transit Authority, who had made unsuccessful plans to provide subway service from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan and Queens. The Tram has provided over 20 million passengers with a breathtaking view of New York as they are quickly shuttled between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan. It holds 125 persons and is the only commuter cable car in North America. It travels a distance of 3,100 feet at an average speed of 16 mph in 4 1/2 minutes, at a maximum height of 250 feet and travels parallel and above Queensboro Bridge, linking Long Island City, Queens, and 59th Street in Manhattan.

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