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FASTRACK a Success on the 2 Subway 3 Subway Lenox Av Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — came to the Lenox Avenue Line for the first of two consecutive weeks, suspending 2 subway service between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St for four consecutive nights. Free shuttle buses provided alternate service. 3 subway service did not run. FASTRACK will continue on the Lenox Avenue Line next week, March 23 – 27.

While service was suspended between 10 PM and 5 AM each night, NYC Transit employees took advantage of uninterrupted access to perform inspections, cleaning, repairs, and maintenance of infrastructure, including signals, switches, lighting, security equipment, track, and third rail components.

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 first week of the Lenox Av Line FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 21,153 feet of track. Replaced 524 track plates, 141 friction pads, and 35 tie blocks. Removed 84,230 pounds of scrap debris.

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Inspected 8,943 feet of third rail. Cleaned 925 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 106 defects.

Check mark Infrastructure – Cleaned 1,125 feet of roadbed drain, including three muck drains. Patched and repaired 238 feet of concrete. Poured 12 square feet of new concrete. Changed 215 tunnel light bulbs. Replaced 33 feet of "No Clearance" signs.
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Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 1,520 square feet of station surface. Primed 1,820 square feet of paintable station area. Painted 2,600 square feet of station area, including stairway coping and railings, five columns, and six doors. Chopped 30 square feet of concrete. Changed 718 station light bulbs and washed 843 fixtures. Repaired 360 feet of rubbing board. Installed 75 feet of drain line and repaired 10 feet of water line. Replaced 28 platform signs and 56 wayfinding signs. Replaced 28 square feet of tile, including 22 ADA tiles.  Installed two drip pans.

Check mark Signals – Tested and serviced signal/switch components and other equipment.

Check mark Power Maintenance – Serviced five subway control terminal boxes and surveyed/inspected 132 wire and cable connections.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced six CCTV cameras.


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 2 subway3 subway Lenox Avenue Line March 23 – 27.


Monday, March 16, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015

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