Featured Project: Roosevelt Island Tramway Modernization

Originally opened in 1976, the Roosevelt Island Tramway System, which carries more than 2 million passengers a year between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, was in its 34th year of operation and overdue for modernization.

To properly manage this vital $25 million project, LiRo was selected by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to act as Owner's Representative and Construction Manager.

During the design process, LiRo was fully engaged in managing the entire effort for RIOC. The construction phase commenced in March, 2010 and was substantially completed in nine months, culminating in the resumption of tram service.

Virtually every component of the aerial tramway system was replaced, except for the three towers that support the cables on which the tram cabins travel. Although the bases of the towers were determined to be structurally sound and able to support new cabins, the tower tops were replaced to accommodate a wider track rope gauge.

The RIOC, and the tramway's passengers, enjoy several major benefits as a result of this modernization project, including: increased passenger capacity; increased cabin stability; reduced downtime; increased energy efficiency; reduced impact as a result of malfunctions; and lower maintenance and operating costs.

Services Provided

Owner's Representative

Construction Management

"As the Owner's Representative for this Design-Build Project, LiRo provided the best expertise in planning, design and construction management. LiRo's participation from the beginning of this project was a source of trust and dependability for the Owner and ultimately made this project a success." - Vikas P. Wagh, PE, Project Manager

Key Facts

New York, NY

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation