The Tram travels between the Manhattan station at 2nd Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets and the Tram station on Roosevelt Island.
It travels a distance of 3,140 feet at a speed of up to 17 miles per hour in less than three (3) minutes. It rises to a maximum height of 230 feet and can carry a maximum of 109 passengers plus an attendant per cabin. The system annually transports more than two million passengers. Ridership is expected to increase once all housing development is completed and 14 acres of new park areas open.
Each cabin (plus hanger and carrier) weighs 22,125 pounds empty and 41,525 pounds when fully loaded. The breaking load for each haul rope is 323,950 pounds. Each track rope has a breaking load of 827,297 pounds.
The Tram can operate in all weather conditions except for lightning and winds over 50 miles per hour.