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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 second 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 28,745 feet of track and removed 52,800 pounds of scrap debris. Installed 13 rails, 782 track plates, and 552 friction pads.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,950 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 90 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 52 leaks. Cleaned 1300 feet of the trough in the center of the roadbed. Cleaned emergency exit location. Repaired structural steel and chipped 11 square feet of concrete. Serviced six pump plants and removed 7 gallons of silt. Replaced 490 light bulbs.
Check mark Stations Environment – Scraped and cleaned 300 square feet of station area. Primed 12,300 square feet of station surface and painted 24,130 square feet, including 39 columns and 1,100 feet of rubbing board. Replaced 23 ADA tiles and five square feet of station tile. Installed 55 feet of drain line and nine drip pans. Chopped 27 square feet of concrete.
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Signals – Serviced six switches, 59 signals, and 23 cut sections. Serviced and replaced six signal components. Tested 281 signals and 15 switches. Replaced six signal 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.

The next FASTRACK takes place on the F subway line between Briarwood and 179 St, September 14 — 18 & 21—25.


Monday, August 24, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015

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