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The Roosevelt Island Tramway, one of only two commuter tramways operating in the United States*, had a daily ridership of 6,174, and 2 million passengers annually, in 2011. The tram opened in 1976 and spans the East River, connecting Roosevelt Island and Manhattan for a 3,140-foot, 3-minute trip. After a 2010 renovation, tramway ridership increased; approximately 2,400,000 ride the tram every year.

The tramway is managed by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.


*The other is the Portland Aerial Tramway in Portland, Oregon.


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DNA Info, "Roosevelt Island Tram Celebrates Increased Ridership on Anniversary," November 2011. 

New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Hub-Bound Data

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. “Performance Measurement Report.” 2013.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. “The Roosevelt Island Tram.” 2010.