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FASTRACK a Success on the Q Subway in Brooklyn


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — completed the first of two consecutive weeks on the Q line icon in Brooklyn. Q line icon trains did not run between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Prospect Park from 10 PM to 5 AM each night. Free shuttle buses provided alternate service, stopping at 7 Av.

NYC Transit workers took full advantage of seven hours of train-free access to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and 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 first week of the
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Track – Scraped and cleaned 2,005 feet of track and removed 54,600 pounds of debris. Installed 801 tie plates, one new rail, and 527 friction pads.

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,840 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 77 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 72 leaks. Inspected 100 square feet of tunnel surface. Repaired 420 feet of handrail and 261 feet of benchwall. Replaced 492 light bulbs. Cleaned 50 feet of trough and 525 feet of drains. Serviced seven muck drains and a pump plant. Repaired 10 feet of drain line.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 5,400 square feet of station surface area. Primed 7,720 square feet of surface and painted 25,270 square feet, including 26 stairway coping and safety features. Repaired 200 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Chopped 34 square feet of concrete, including repairs to 10 square feet of platform edge. Cleaned four station and vent drains and installed three drip pans. Replaced 54 square feet of tile, six platform signs, and eight wayfinding signs. Installed 86 feet of new drain line.
Check mark Signals – Tested 19 signals and serviced 13 signals and six cut sections. Performed 22 monthly inspections. Completed work on other signal components and track wires.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 12 CCTV cameras and eight monitors. Performed maintenance of 155 public address speakers and other public address/customer information systems.


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 Q subway next week of May 11 – 15.


Monday, May 4, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015

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