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FASTRACK a Success on the 4 Subway5 Subway6 Subway Lexington Avenue Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the 4 subway5 subway6 subway lines in Manhattan and Brooklyn for a second week of overnight work.

Subway service was suspended along the busy Lexington Avenue Line between Grand Central-42 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr each night from 10 PM to 5 AM. 

The N subwayQ subwayR subway2 subway3 subway lines provided alternate service between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  NYC Transit employees took advantage of train-free access to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

Wynton Habersham, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "FASTRACK has proven to have a significant impact on decreasing delays – both in terms of consolidating maintenance forces in a concentrated area and in terms of proactive maintenance that improves service delivery.”

Highlights of the work completed during the second week
of the Lexington Avenue Line FASTRACK:

Check mark Track – Scraped 6,500 feet of track and removed 192,400 pounds of scrap debris.  Replaced 47 rails, 830 track plates, and 714 friction pads.  Installed four sections of continuous welded rail.
Check mark Third Rail Operations Cleaned 4,830 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 258 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Inspected and tested 145 square feet of concrete.  Repaired 30 feet of handrails and seven doors.  Cleaned 1,750 feet of drains and 600 muck drains.  Serviced eight pump plants.  Scraped 135 feet of the trough in the center of the roadbed.  Replaced 10 light bulbs.
Check mark Station Environment Scraped and cleaned 33,000 square feet of station surface area.  Primed 16,485 square feet and painted 42,775 square feet of station surface.  Painted 1,850 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.  Changed 1,251 station light bulbs, cleaned 114 fixtures, and repaired 27 ballasts.  Replaced 42 ADA tiles.  Installed 130 feet of drain line.  Chopped 25 feet of concrete.
Check mark Signals – Serviced 27 signals, eight switches, and six cut sections.  Tested nine signals, eight switches, and other signal/switch equipment.  Replaced 22 signal components and one switch component.  Completed 43 monthly and four annual equipment inspections.  Performed maintenance and repair of other switch and signal components.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 60 CCTV cameras and 34 CCTV monitors, including four CCTV camera lens and cable connections.  Performed maintenance for four NYPD 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 comes to the Sixth Av Line for two weeks beginning Monday,
February 6.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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