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FASTRACK a Success on the 4 Subway Lexington Avenue Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the Lexington Avenue Line this week, suspending express service on the four-mile-long line between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St last night.  Local service operated normally as 4 subway express service and 5 subway service ended early.

The section of the line between 45 St and 100 St is bi-level.  Normally, local service runs on the upper level and express service runs on the lower level.  While the lower level was closed between 10 PM and 5 AM each night, NYC Transit employees took advantage of the train-free environment to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks on signal equipment, track and third rail components, and station and tunnel infrastructure.

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 Lexington Av Line FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 8,218 feet of track.  Replaced six rails, 110 track plates, 176 friction pads, and five tie blocks.  Removed 45,100 pounds of scrap debris.

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Third Rail Operations Cleaned 880 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 112 defects.

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Infrastructure – Grouted 84 leaks and changed 362 tunnel light bulbs. 

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Station Environment Scraped and cleaned 9,005 square feet of station surface.  Primed 6,100 square feet and painted 1,200 square feet of station surface area.  Chopped 26 square feet of concrete.  Changed 479 station light bulbs and washed 402 fixtures.  Repaired 100 feet of rubbing board.  Installed 85 feet of drain line.

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Signals – Completed six work orders for various signal components 

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Electronic Maintenance – Performed maintenance of public address system components, including 273 speakers, 37 electronic signs, 10 amplifiers, and microphone equipment.

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Elevators and Escalators – Completed work order for escalator preventive maintenance.


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 4 subway5 subway6 subway Lexington Avenue Line local tracks March 9 - 13.


Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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