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FASTRACK a Success on the 4 Subway 5 Subway 6 Subway Lexington Avenue Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the Lexington Avenue Line this week, suspending local service on the four-mile-long line between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St this week. Trains ran express and the M101 Limited bus provided alternate local service. 5 subway service between E 180 St and Bowling Green 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 upper level was closed between 10 PM and 5 AM, 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 Lexington Av Line FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 15,867 feet of track. Replaced nine rails, 280 track plates, 226 friction pads, and 10 tie blocks. Removed 133,200 pounds of scrap debris.

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Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 3,505 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 249 defects.

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Infrastructure – Grouted 196 leaks. Cleaned 825 feet of drain line, including 26 muck drains. Replaced four square feet of grating. Changed 80 tunnel light bulbs.  

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Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 53,386 square feet of station surface. Primed 7,080 square feet of station surface area. Chopped 26 square feet of concrete. Changed 968 station light bulbs, washed 1,066 fixtures, and replaced three ballasts. Repaired 1,370 feet of rubbing board.  Installed 60 feet of drain line and repaired five feet of water line. Replaced 10 platform signs and 19 ADA tiles.  Installed three drip pans.

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Signals – tested and serviced 12 signals. Serviced three switch components and other signal equipment.

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Electronic Maintenance – Serviced six CCTV cameras and four monitors. Performed maintenance of public address system components, including 358 speakers, 35 electronic signs, 20 amplifiers, five passenger assistance/customer information systems, and four 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 2 subway3 subway Lenox Avenue Line March 16—20.


Monday, March 9, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015

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