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New York Region Transit > New York City
Roosevelt Island Tram

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Aerial Tram

This tram was built to provide Roosevelt Island residents a connection with Manhattan. The only land connection they have is a bridge to Queens. At one time trolleys crossed the Queensboro Bridge and stopped over the island to pick up passengers for what was then known as Welfare Island. With the opening of the 63rd St subway connection in the 1990's, the tram was made redundant, but residents insisted on keeping it, so it still runs today.

ny-tram-051903-01.jpg (47375 bytes)Tram from Manhattan arriving on the island. (5/19/03) ny-tram-051903-03.jpg (46310 bytes)Tram at Roosevelt Island with the Queensboro bridge behind it. (5/19/03)
ny-tram-051903-07.jpg (44761 bytes)The Manhattan tram station. (5/19/03) ny-tram-051903-02.jpg (69062 bytes)Tram looks small in front of the bridge. (5/19/03)
ny-tram-051903-05.jpg (34534 bytes)The glare is hiding that the 2 trams are passing each other over Manhattan. (5/19/03)

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