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FASTRACK a Success on the 6 Subway Pelham Line


FASTRACK— MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the 6 Subway Pelham Line in Manhattan and the Bronx this week, concluding a two-week maintenance effort for this line segment.

Subway service was suspended each night between Hunts Point Av in the Bronx and 125 St in Manhattan, from 10 PM to 5 AM. Free shuttle buses replaced the 6 Subway between Hunts Point Av and 125 St, providing customers with alternate service.

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 Pelham Line FASTRACK:

Check mark Track – Scraped and cleaned 22,010 feet of track. Replaced nine rails, 346 track plates, 272 friction pads, and 14 tie blocks. Removed 39,100 pounds of scrap debris.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,600 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 83 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 278 leaks and repaired 10 square feet of damaged concrete. Repaired 330 feet of bench wall and 246 feet of hand rail. Changed 10 light bulbs. Repaired structural steel at seven locations. Serviced four pump plants and removed 700 gallons of silt. Cleaned 800 feet of "No Clearance" signs. Scraped 50 feet of trough and cleaned out 12 muck drains.
Check mark Station Environment – Primed 1,640 square feet of station surface area. Painted 3,050 square feet, including three stairway copings and five railings, two doors, and nine columns. Chopped 30 square feet of concrete and patched five square feet. Changed 10 station light bulbs and three ballasts. Installed 60 feet of drain line.
Check mark Signals – Serviced 19 signals and three cut sections. Tested 13 signals. Performed maintenance at three rail/switch locations and completed testing, servicing, replacement, and repair work orders for other equipment.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced seven CCTV cameras. Performed maintenance of three public address/customer information systems, 225 speakers, 12 signs, eight amplifiers, two microphones, and other PA equipment.


The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive weeknights or weekend days, 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 February 23—27.


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