a Success on the Line in Brooklyn
Beginning Monday, June 23, train service was suspended along the local tracks between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Franklin Av for the first of four consecutive nights. Trains did not stop at Bergen St, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Pkwy in either direction. NYC Transit workers took full advantage of the seven hours of train-free access each night between 10 PM and 5 AM to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components
The majority of the line between Crown Heights and Downtown Brooklyn features a bi-level design where the local tracks are located on the upper level and express tracks on the lower level. This configuration allows for continuous subway service even while work is being performed along the line; FASTRACK maintenance and repair crews were able to perform their duties while express service continued to run, minimizing impacts to customers' regular travel patterns.
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 Brooklyn Lines FASTRACK:
|Track - Scraped and cleaned 39,925 feet of track and installed 556 track plates and 70 tie blocks. Removed 48,200 pounds of scrap debris in 5,265 bags.|
|Third Rail Operations -Cleaned 5,715 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 139 defects.|
|Infrastructure – Grouted 140 leaks and repaired 105 square feet of damaged concrete; cleaned 450 feet of drain line; chipped 10 square feet of concrete; replaced 144 light bulbs. Poured 113 square feet of new concrete, including 30 rail ties. Repaired structural steel.|
|Station Environment - Scraped and cleaned 800 square feet of paintable station surface and primed 2,800 square feet. Painted 5,650 square feet of station surface, including stairway coping and railing. Replaced two light bulbs and performed fluorescent lighting ballast repair. Patched seven square feet of concrete and repaired 30 feet of water line. Replaced 92 ADA tiles.|
|Signals – Serviced 10 signals and two cut sections. Tested 12 signals and performed maintenance for two switches. Replaced 36 signal components and four track relays.|
|Electronic Maintence – Completed maintenance work of 14 CCTV cameras and eight monitors.|
The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, 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 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.
Our next overnight FASTRACK closure is scheduled for the lines between Queens and Manhattan July 21-25.
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