NYC Tram Rescue: Eyewitness Account from SegwayNYNY

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Sixty-nine people spent almost twelve hours hanging from the Roosevelt Island tram. The ordeal was an exercise in creative engineering.

Sixty-nine people spent almost twelve hours hanging from the Roosevelt Island tram. The ordeal was an exercise in creative engineering. The tram is the pride of urban transportation choices from Manhattan to the beautiful quaint residences on Roosevelt Island.

During the rescue operation, Itsi Atkins founder of http://www.SegwayNYNY.com and http://www.NYSegwayTours.com, ferried press across the 59th st bridge bike path, as many members of the press appreciated assistance in moving equipment and saving a few steps for the perfect shot.

The tram system was built, as temporary transportation while the F train was under construction in 1988. It became permanent, due to the need for alternative transportation, wisdom from the past NYC urban planners.

The NYPD was assisted by Bay Crane crews. Atkins questions why the tram car could not have been accomplished within a few hours after the shutdown.

"It was after 3am before the crane operation began on First Avenue. New York City has certainly proved it can handle two rescue operations simultaneously," Atkins said. "The Roosevelt Island community houses a friendly and pro-active group of residences, who have supported Segway acceptance. This is the perfect residential community to provide urban transportation study and showcase the acceptance of Segway use. The residents travel less than two miles daily on paths or bike lanes to arrive at their points of departure for commutes to Manhattan."

Atkins said a large group of Segways could reduce automobile traffic and provide a smart transfer system for these residents. For more information about this plan, visit http://www.segwaynyny.com

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