a Success on the Broadway Line
FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's (NYCT) aggressive maintenance program — returned to the Broadway Line in Upper Manhattan this week, closing the 5.2-mile-long segment between 96 St and Dyckman St to train traffic nightly from 10 PM to 5 AM the following morning, prior to the morning rush. The suspension of service allowed hundreds of NYCT employees seven hours of uninterrupted access to tunnel infrastructure, signals, switches, elevators and escalators, lighting, security equipment, track, and third rail components, as they performed inspection, cleaning, and maintenance tasks.
Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "The FASTRACK program has been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock, providing a safer and more productive work environment for employees while improving train service reliability and station appearance for our customers."
Highlights of the work completed during this week's FASTRACK:
- Track - Installed nine track rails, 817 plates, 118 friction pads, and 68 tie blocks. Generated 40,950 pounds of scrap debris in 8,087 bags; removed 96,900 pounds of scrap debris in 9,585 bags; and scraped 18,945 feet of track.
- Third Rail Operations - Inspected 7,700 feet of third rail; corrected 414 defects; and cleaned 8,500 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 100 feet of "No Clearance" signs. Repaired 45 leaks; cleaned 1,350 feet of drain line; replaced 60 square feet of sidewalk grating; and replaced 881 light bulbs.
- Station Environment - Scraped 19,725 square feet of station wall, primed 19,550 square feet, and painted 20,150 square feet. Repaired 245 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Station lighting improvements consisted of replacing five fluorescent light-fixture ballasts and 325 light bulbs. Also repaired 30 feet of water line and replaced 10 platform signs.
- Signals - Serviced 12 switches, six signals, and four cut sections. Tested 19 switches and six signals. Performed track division support maintenance at multiple locations and completed signal and switching component work orders.
- Power Substation - Serviced feeders and other substation components.
- Electronic Maintenance - Serviced 23 closed-circuit television cameras, 20 monitors, and 15 cable connections. Repaired and serviced 395 public address (PA) speakers, 35 PA/customer information systems, six microphone consoles, and other passenger assistance/public address components.
- Elevators and Escalators - Completed work orders for preventive maintenance of elevators and escalators.
Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will take place May 5 - 9 on the lines in Brooklyn, where there will be no service in both directions between Jay St-MetroTech and Broadway Junction.
About the FASTRACK Program
The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over four consecutive weeknights or weekend days, 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 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.
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