Engineering the First Mass Transit Tramway

by Richard L. Tomasetti, (A.M.ASCE), Sen. Vice Pres.; Lev Zetlin Assocs., Inc., New York, N.Y.,
David I. Ozerkis, (M.ASCE), Chf. Engr.; Roosevelt Island Development Corp., New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 11, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


Aerial tramways are not normally considered for a cross-town mass transit system. They are no longer limited to the ski resorts since construction of the link between Manhattan Island (New York City's business hub) and a large new residential development on Roosevelt Island in the middle of the East River. The 3,100 ft (945 m) trip station to station will have a travel time of 3.5 minutes. The cable car capacity is 125 passengers, the largest in the world. Space limitations are severe in a city center, so the three towers of space truss construction required special design consideration.

Subject Headings: Light rail transit | Residential construction | Islands | Travel time | Cables | Space truss | Commercial construction | Rivers and streams | New York | United States | New York City

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