7. The Roosevelt Island Tram is Able to Operate in Almost All Weather Conditions
With help from the most recent renovation in 2010, the Roosevelt Island Tram is able to withstand most weather conditions, and only closes under certain circumstances. The tram now has improved backup generators in place if there is a power outage to resume operation.
The only time that the tram will cease operation is during lightning or winds of over 50 mph, and is prepared to operate in any other conditions.
According to Robert Wise of Leitner-Poma of America, the company responsible for the new cars and tramway renovation, the Roosevelt Island Tram was able to operate longer than any other form of public transportation in New York City during Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene.