Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

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The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York (RIOC) is a public benefit corporation and a political subdivision of the State of New York. RIOC was created by the New York State legislature, in 1984, to take responsibility, pursuant to a General Development Plan (GDP), for the development and operation of the 147 acres comprising the former Welfare Island, located in New York City's East River.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway was constructed in 1976 to provide access to Midtown Manhattan. Gliding at a maximum speed of 16 mph, the Tram reaches a height of 250 feet above the East River. RIOC operates an on-island shuttle bus service oops from Tramway Plaza north to the new Octagon development and back, stopping at the highlights along Main Street.


This is a comprehensive guide to the vehicles currently in passenger service with RIOC.


Bus Fleet

Year Model Photo Length Engine Transmission/Drive System Fleet Number Fleet Notes

Daimler Buses North America

(Bus Industries of America / Orion Bus Industries / DaimleryChrysler Commercial Buses / Daimler Buses North America)
2006 DaimlerChrysler
Orion 07.501 Hybrid-Electric Gen-II Low Floor
RIOC Orion 2.jpg 40 Ft. Cummins EPA 07 ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive® Propulsion System 1-4
  • 4 Units In Service.
2007-09 Daimler Buses N.A.
Orion 07.501 Next Generation Hybrid-Electric Low Floor
RIOC Orion 5.jpg 40 Ft. Cummins EPA 07 ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive® Propulsion System 5-7
  • 3 Units In Service.


Tram Fleet

(Currently Under Reconstruction)

Year Model Photo Power Fleet Number Fleet Notes

Von Roll Holding AG

1976 CWA Type 125-PB RIOC vonRoll 1.jpg Electric Motor Powering Cable Bullwheel 1-2
  • 2 Units Retired.