3. Multiple Breakdowns of the Original Cars of the Roosevelt Island Tram
In the mid-2000’s, the Roosevelt Island Tram experienced several power outages, causing passengers to be stuck in the cars for extended periods of time. After an incident in April of 2006 that trapped passengers over the East River for seven hours, the tramway was closed for renovations to address the problems.
The tramway was closed from April 2006 to September 2006. In the renovation, the tram’s electrical backup system was refurbished and in case of an emergency, the cars were equipped with blankets, water, and food. The attendants were also given cell phones to carry along with their radios while in the cars.