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FASTRACK on the Q Subway line in Brooklyn

Monday, May 11, 2015

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

While service was suspended along this segment of the subway near Prospect Park, NYC Transit employees took advantage of a seven-hour train-free environment to perform inspections, cleaning, repairs, and maintenance of station and tunnel infrastructure, signals, switches, elevators and escalators, lighting, security equipment, track, and third rail components.

Highlights of last night’s accomplishments include:

Check mark Scraped and cleaned 425 feet of track and removed 13,600 pounds of debris
Check mark Replaced 88 friction pads and 111 track tie plates
Check mark Cleaned 900 feet under and around the third rail and addressed five defects
Check mark Painted 8,500 square feet of station surface area
Check mark Installed 20 feet of drain line
Check mark Chopped/chipped 13 square feet of concrete
Check mark Cleaned 150 feet of drains
Check mark Changed five light bulbs
Check mark Performed maintenance of two pump plants
Check mark Serviced signal equipment


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.

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