a Success On the Lexington Avenue Line
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MTA New York City Transit wrapped up yet another successful FASTRACK line segment closure, completing an ambitious schedule of infrastructure work on the upper segment of Manhattan’s busy Lexington Avenue Line.
NYC Transit maintenance workers were able to accomplish a multitude of tasks along the tracks stretching between Grand Central-42nd Street and 125th Street. They inspected signals, replaced rails and ties, scraped roadbeds, cleaned stations and painted areas impossible to reach during normal train operation. Workers also took the opportunity to replace lighting fixtures and repair platform edges — things that boost efficiency while also providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
During the four-night series of shutdowns, hundreds of maintenance workers completed work each night that included:
- 10,412 bags of debris removed;
- 231,500 pounds of scrap material removed;
- Muck and mud scraped from 29,012 feet of concrete roadbed;
- 11 new rails installed;
- Serviced 11 cut sections, 2 track switches and 53 signals;
- 34 Signals tested, 12 switches tested;
- Bulbs replaced in 211 tunnel lights and 716 station lights;
- 131 columns painted;
- 195 power substation components serviced;
- Corrected 434 third rail defects. Cleaned, scraped 12,930 feet under and around the third rail;
Only subway line segments with substantial subway alternatives are selected for the overnight shutdowns. So, in addition to nearby lines, other lines that don’t usually operate during the late night hours continued to operate in order to help accommodate customers. In order to avoid further inconvenience, other service diversions in the area affected by the closure were avoided.
Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the lines between 5th Avenue-53rd Street on the and to Roosevelt Avenue and between 21st Street-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Avenue, June 3 – 7.
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