April 9, 2019
At 3:27 PM on Tuesday, April 9th the south cabin of the Roosevelt Island Tramway was halted mid-trip above the East River, for approximately 10 minutes due to the emergency stop button being activated by a passenger on the Manhattan Tramway station platform.
According to the Tramway operator, Leitner-POMA, the emergency button was manually released 3 ½ minutes after being activated. Before completing the trip to the station, it was necessary for the cabin to stop swaying (caused by the force stop), allowing the Tramway’s wireless receptor to re-sync. The receptor is the communication mechanism that enables the cabins to travel to and from the stations. After approximately five minutes, the Tram was re-started and the south cabin docked into the Roosevelt Island station at 3:39 PM. No injuries were reported.