1955 Roosevelt Island Bridge, then known as the Welfare
Island Bridge opens. The bridge connects the Island to Queens via
36th Avenue in Long Island City. Previously, pedestrians and
vehicles were transferred to the Island by an elevator located
midway on the Queensboro Bridge. The elevator was closed down and
finally demolished in 1970.
1976 The Tram opens as a temporary measure until the
subway is completed.
This Swiss-made bright red gondola is the only one in North America
used for mass transit.
1976 Red Bus service provided to Island residents free of
1976 The Q102 bus of the Queens Surface Transportation
begins service to Roosevelt Island.
New York City buses have been serving the Island since the 1950's.
1989 The long awaited Roosevelt Island subway station
The train connects the Island to Brooklyn, Manhattan and 21st Street
in Long Island City.
1990 Free service of the Red bus ends, with a 10 cent
1994 The Red Bus fare increases to 25 cents.
1996 The Tram fare is raised from $1.40 to $1.50.
2003 The Tram fare is raised from $1.50 to $2.00.
2004 The Metrocard is introduced for Tram usage.
2010 March 1st, Tram service suspended to undergo extensive
November 30th Tram re-opens
2010 In December, the Tram fare increases
from $2.00 to $2.25
2013 In March, the Tram fare increases from
$2.25 to $2.50
2014 The Red Bus fare of .25 cents is removed