New York City's New Town

by 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. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


New York City has taken advantage of a little used island, Roosevelt Island, in the middle of the East River to build a unique residential new town. The large development is connected to Manhattan Island, the business hub of the city, by a large aerial tramway�� the first mass transit tramway in the world. On Roosevelt Island traffic will be restricted to emergency fire and police vehicles (stations on the island) and electric buses. Private autos will be restricted to a parking structure just off the bridge connection to the Queens Borough. Even garbage trucks are eliminated since refuse disposal is handled by an automated vacuum collection system.

Subject Headings: Islands | Public transportation | Waste disposal | Vehicles | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | Trucks | New York City | New York | United States

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