Islanders who have been flooding the subway and ferry to avoid the Tram’s long lines and wait times can breathe a small sigh of relief. According to Mike Russo, engineering consultant for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the Tramway platform replacement project, which was originally scheduled to wrap up by the end of winter, will be complete by the end of the year (yes, this year).
In a RIOC Operations Committee meeting held Tuesday, Michael Russo told the Board the project was on schedule. According to RIOC, the repairs, which have reduced service to a single Tram cabin – at times running only once an hour since August – are necessary to improve waterproofing at both stations.
“We should be on track to finish up phase one, the south Tram, and we will start to mobilize for the north Tram, the week of October 16,” Russo said. “The waterproofing went on. Now it is curing.” He said there would be a 20- to 25-year warranty on the new waterproofing system.
Russo predicts the project will be substantially complete by the beginning to middle of December, and he expects full completion by the end of December.