6. The Roosevelt Island Tram Stayed Operational During the 2005 New York Transit Strike
In 2005, the Transport Workers Union was in contract negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over wage increases, retirement, and pension. When both sides could not come to an agreement, the TWU called for a strike on December 20, 2005.
The strike only lasted a few days, until December 22, 2005 when both parties had agreed to continue contract negotiations after a short blackout from one another.
During the days of the strike, service to all subways and buses were halted, but because the Roosevelt Island Tramw is owned and operated by a private company, it was one of the only intra-city transportation systems to remain in operation during the strike.