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FASTRACK a Success on the R subway R subway R subway 7th Avenue Line

FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the 1 subway 2 subway3 subway Seventh Avenue Line from 34 St-Penn Station to South Ferry/Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr for the first of two consecutive weeks.

Subway service was suspended from 10 PM each night until 5 AM the next morning, as hundreds of New York City Transit workers performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components. 1 subway service operated between 242 St and 34 St-Penn Station, 2 subway service operated local between the E 180 St 5 subway station and 34 St-Penn Station, and 3 subway subway service was suspended. Alternate service was available at nearby stations on the 8 Av, 6 Av, Broadway, and Lexington Av corridors. Shuttle buses replaced the 3 subway in Harlem and the 4 subway and 5 subway lines replaced the 2 subway and 3 subway in Brooklyn.

Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "Our FASTRACK efforts have been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock, providing a better work environment for employees and improving train service reliability for our customers."

Highlights of the work completed during the Seventh Avenue Line FASTRACK:

Check mark Track – Cleaned 26,720 feet of track and removed 35,200 pounds of scrap debris. Replaced two rails, 492 track plates, and 371 friction pads.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 2,235 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 99 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 31 leaks. Scraped 520 feet of the trough in the center of the roadbed. Cleaned emergency exit location. Repaired structural steel and chipped 10 square feet of concrete. Serviced six pump plants and removed 330 gallons of silt. Replaced 370 light bulbs.
Check mark Stations Environment – Scraped and cleaned 5,200 square feet of station area. Primed 9,960 square feet of station surface and painted 27,100 square feet, including 41 columns and 2,094 feet of rubbing board. Station lighting improvements consisted of cleaning 548 lighting fixtures and replacing six ballasts and 884 light bulbs. Replaced 22 ADA tiles and 22 square feet of station tile. Installed 75 feet of drain line and five drip pans. Chopped 28 square feet of concrete.
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Signals – Serviced eight switches, 76 signals, and 29 cut sections. Serviced and replaced two signal components. Tested 559 signals and 20 switches. Replaced five signal components.

Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 29 CCTV cameras and 26 monitors, as well as other DVR/video components.


The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive nights, allowing employees to perform a number of critical repair, cleaning, and maintenance jobs. This approach has proven successful in that, under normal conditions in our 24/7 system, the scope and amount of important work completed would be impossible to accomplish with customers and trains moving through work areas. Tasks completed during FASTRACK have had a positive impact on train service with a reduction in train delays and a decrease in the number of track fires, while realizing cost efficiencies and a lower accident rate for employees.

FASTRACK continues on the 7 Av 1 subway2 subway3 subway Line next week, August 24 — 28.


Monday, August 17, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015

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