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FASTRACK on the 6 Subway Pelham Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — came to the 6 Subway line for the first of two consecutive weeks of overnight work on the Pelham Line. With the 6 Subway suspended between Hunts Point Av in the Bronx and 125 St in Manhattan, free shuttle buses provided alternate service.

NYC Transit workers took advantage of train-free access from 10 PM to 5 AM each night 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 first week of the 6 Subway FASTRACK:

Check mark Track – Replaced 142 rails, 351 track plates, and 3,123 friction pads.  Removed 63,200 pounds of scrap debris.
Check mark Third Rail Operations Cleaned 300 feet under and around the third rail and corrected two defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 184 leaks.  Serviced two pump plants and removed 900 gallons of silt.  Cleaned 11 muck drains.
Check mark Station Environment Scraped 500 square feet of station area.  Primed 7,000 square feet and painted 4,000 square feet of station surface, including 2,034 feet of rubbing board, four stairway rails, and four columns. Patched 35 square feet of concrete.  Replaced 25 square feet of tiles and four ADA tiles.  Replaced 711 station light bulbs and 17 ballasts, and washed 102 fixtures.  Installed 55 feet of drain line.  Repaired 137 steps and risers.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced seven CCTV cameras and four CCTV monitors.


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 continues on the 6 Subway October 17 – 21.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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