Completed On the Great
Earlier this week MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program performed on the Broadway Line with hundreds of Transit workers going into tunnels and stations to repair and replace items ranging from damaged platform tiles to worn rails.
Beginning last Monday, an army of workers were deployed along the more than seven-mile long line as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights at stations in Manhattan. Repair crews took full advantage of the seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Joseph Leader, Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer for the Department of Subways said, “The FASTRACK program has been a game changer in the way we do preventative maintenance and repair work. The subway infrastructure is in better condition, stations are cleaner and more attractive and employees have a much safer work environment.”
Highlights of the work completed during Broadway Line FASTRACK:
- Track – Generated 13,952 bags of debris, removed 98,725 pounds of scrap and debris, cleaned 37,455 linear feet of track, replaced 46 tie blocks, installed 1,179 plates, 33 sections of rails.
- Third Rail Operations – Cleared 911 defects, scraped and cleaned 7,265 feet of track under and around the third rail, inspected 27,190 feet of third rail.
- Signals – Serviced 18 switches, 32 signals, tested 19 signals, 18 switches, supported Track Department on 14 rail/switch maintenance jobs.
- Infrastructure – Installed/repaired 580 linear feet of no clearance signs, cleaned 1,950 feet of track drain, repaired 120 feet of benchwall, sealed 38 leaks.
- Electronics Maintenance – Optimized picture on six monitors and 23 cameras, inspected and tested five public address systems, inspected, cleaned and tested 386 public address system speakers.
- Station Environment – Replaced six platform signs, 1,950 tunnel light bulbs, 94 blue emergency light bulbs, 116 station light bulbs, repaired 740 linear feet of rubbing board, 52 square feet of platform tile, painted 1,500 linear feet of rubbing board, scraped 17,700 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed and painted 16,700 square feet of paintable station surface area.
- Elevators & Escalators – Performed preventative maintenance on nine units, repaired 31 units, cleaned and lubricated 8 units.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK maintenance program has been highly successful in significantly reducing the time for maintenance tasks and improving the level of safety for repair crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area. While critical maintenance jobs are attended to, workers also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, jobs that are not possible to do with customers waiting on platforms for arriving trains.
The next FASTRACK will take place in Brooklyn this weekend on the and lines. On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be no service between Stillwell Av and Bay Parkway and no service Between Stillwell Av and 86 St. Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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