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FASTRACK on the G line icon line

Friday, June 16, 2017

FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — came to the G subway between Queens and Brooklyn for two weeks of overnight work.  G subway service was suspended between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs. Free shuttle buses provided alternate service and the 7 subway E subway L subway offered other travel options.

NYC Transit workers took advantage of train-free access from 10:45 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 second week of the G subway FASTRACK:

Check mark Track - Replaced 502 plates, three tie blocks, 12 rails, and 553 friction pads.
Check mark Third Rail Operations - Cleaned 1,270 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 59 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure - Grouted nine leaks. Repaired structural steel, 715 feet of handrail, and 50 feet of benchwall. Tested and inspected 130 square feet of concrete. Serviced five pump plants and removed 1,600 gallons of silt. Cleaned two muck drains.
Check mark Station Environment - Scraped and cleaned 43,965 square feet of station area. Primed 7,450 square feet and painted 16,800 square feet of station surface. Chopped and repaired 19 square feet of concrete. Installed 19 feet of drain line. Replaced 33 ADA tiles. Replaced 692 station light bulbs and washed 78 fixtures.
Check mark Signals - Replaced eight signal components. Performed repairs/maintenance of other signal equipment.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance - Serviced 24 CCTV cameras, 14 under river tube cameras, and 20 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 comes to the 1 subway June 19 – 23 and June 26 – 30.



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