Aerial Tram: A Possible New Commuter Option?

Posted by on Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 11:58am

There are talks of implementing a new method of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan in the form of an aerial tram. The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) has launched a campaign for the tramway, which would cost about $175 million.

Cesar Claro, CEO and President of the SIDEC, has stated that tram systems are safe and cheaper to build and operate than rail systems. "We want to start the conversation with Staten Islanders and the city. This fits in with what's going on in St. George," he said, in reference to the planned NY Wheel and Empire Outlets.

In the SIEDC's initial proposal, it's said that if the tram system was running 24-hour a day, it could move approximately 21,000 people to and from Manhattan. Claro feels that the most of those riders would be tourists, who will be seeking out the views of New York Harbor and the skyline. In addition to the financial perks, the tram will cut the travel time across the harbor to roughly 13 minutes, which is less than half the commuting time of the ferry.

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