Aerial Tram Proposed to Connect Staten Island and Manhattan

A proposal to build a $175 million tram across the New York Harbor has the support of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation and a mayor who is willing to listen.
June 13, 2015, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Mayor Bill de Blasio is open to a proposed aerial tramway over New York Harbor connecting Staten Island with lower Manhattan," reports Anna Saunders.

The $175 million proposal is the work of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), which hopes the project will benefit the "large-scale residential and commercial projects coming to the North Shore."

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, as quoted in the story, "[a]ny proposal for how to move people around is worth examination." 

As for how many people a tram could move around: "A tram running 24 hours per day could move about 15,000 people the 5.7 miles to and from Manhattan, according to a report on the proposal developed by the SIEDC. That's 21 percent of daily Staten Island Ferry ridership." Tor next steps, the SIEDC is asking the city to released a Request for Expressions of Interest for tram system developers. 

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Published on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Staten Island Advance
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