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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 second consecutive week, 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.

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 second week of the Lenox Av Line FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 32,375 feet of track. Replaced 204 track plates, 13 friction pads, and 10 rails. Removed 116,100 pounds of scrap debris.

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,785 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 109 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Patched and repaired 60 feet of concrete. Poured 15 square feet of new concrete.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 1,400 square feet of station surface. Primed 9,400 square feet of paintable station area. Painted 8,600 square feet of station area, including stairway coping and railings and five columns. Chopped 10 square feet of concrete. Changed 60 station light bulbs and washed 71 fixtures. Installed 40 feet of drain line. Replaced 16 square feet of tile, including 77 ADA tiles.  Performed maintenance of a station booth and addressed eight defects.
Check mark Signals – Completed work orders for signal component maintenance.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 11 CCTV cameras and six monitors, including cable connections. Performed maintenance on 278 public address speakers, 12 amplifiers, 33 electronic signs, and three public address/customer information systems and microphones.


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.

Our next FASTRACK occurs on the E subwayF subwayM subwayR subway lines in Queens March 30 – April 3 and April 6 – 10.


Monday, March 23, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015

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