After 9 months of repairs, the Roosevelt Island Tram is ready to start up again. Repairs became necessary after
the tram was attacked by the Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man movie heavy winds and power outages were shown to render the tram completely useless. According to the Daily News, the new gondolas have “bigger windows, longer seats, and the promise of better views and seating.”
In 2006, two gondolas holding 70 people got stuck between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. The regular diesel engines, the backup generators, and the hand-cranks couldn’t help…and instead, the travelers were slowly unloaded by emergency baskets after a long night spent on the tram.
The reopening of the tram, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, will also help overcrowding on the F train, which has been packed since the tram was closed.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 29, 2010