a Success on the Broadway Line
During the past week, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance teams have been working in the subway, on the West Side of Manhattan, that connects the Upper West Side and Washington Heights via the train. With service suspended between 96 St and Dyckman St, hundreds of maintenance and repair tasks were completed.
For four nights, NYC Transit employees repaired and replaced track components, cleaned track areas, and removed tons of litter and debris. FASTRACK targets subway lines in segments for comprehensive maintenance, cleaning, and repair. It has been highly successful in reducing the time for maintenance and repair tasks while improving the level of safety for work crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area. In addition to addressing important maintenance issues, work crews can now perform such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, chores that are impossible to accomplish while customers and trains are moving through the area.
Beginning Monday, January 13, workers were deployed in stations and tunnels between the 96 St and Dyckman St Stations. Once again, NYC Transit’s repair and maintenance crews took full advantage of an uninterrupted seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
“A lot of time and effort goes into keeping our trains running and FASTRACK has gone a long way towards improving train service reliability,” Joe Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said. “In fact, previous FASTRACK work enabled us to restore service much more quickly after a water main break in the East Village on January 15.”
Highlights of the work completed during this week's FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 11,124 bags of debris, removed 103,900 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 32,672 linear feet of track, installed 23 rails, and replaced 54 tie blocks and 1,516 track tie plates. Generated 49,350 pounds of track scrap debris.
- Third Rail Operations - corrected 465 defects and scraped and cleaned 11,990 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Signals - Tested and serviced 15 track switches and 19 signals and the supported the Track Division on 16 rail/switch maintenance jobs.
- Infrastructure - Cleaned 1,100 linear feet of “no clearance signs” and 850 linear feet of track drain, replaced 30 square feet of sidewalk ventilation grating and 1,212 light bulbs, and repaired four leaks and 21 feet of bench wall—an elevated walkway inside tunnels. A bench wall is used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency.
- Station Environment - Scraped 13,500 square feet of paintable surface, primed 23,125 square feet, and painted 16,200 square feet. Replaced 261 light bulbs, 41 platform signs, and cleaned 261 light fixtures. Repaired 90 linear feet of water line and 663 feet of rubbing board.
- Electronics Maintenance - Serviced and tested 10 Closed-Circuit Television cameras and 13 monitors, and four station public address systems.
- Elevators and Escalators - Performed 140 preventative maintenance actions on 140 elevators and escalators.
The FASTRACK program began in January 2012 and shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive weeknights or weekend days, allowing employees to perform a number of critical repair, cleaning, and maintenance tasks. Work completed during FASTRACK has had a positive impact on train service with a reduction in delays and a decrease in the number of track fires, while realizing cost savings and a lower accident rate for employees.Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will take place January 20 - 24 on the Queens Boulevard Line between Roosevelt Av and 5 Av/53 St , , and 21st Street-Queensbridge .
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