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FASTRACK on the Q Subway line in Brooklyn

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FASTRACK continued on the Q line icon in Brooklyn Tuesday, for the second night this week. While service was suspended between 10 PM and 5 AM, 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 735 feet of track and removed 21,100 pounds of debris
Check mark Replaced 221 track tie plates and 125 friction pads
Check mark Cleaned 600 feet under and around the third rail and addressed 17 defects
Check mark Primed 5,100 square feet and painted 2,920 square feet of station surface
Check mark Repaired 25 square feet of the platform edge
Check mark Installed two drip pans
Check mark Grouted six leaks
Check mark Replaced nine tunnel light bulbs
Check mark Cleaned 225 feet of drains
Check mark Repaired 20 feet of benchwall
Check mark Performed signal maintenance
Check mark Serviced six 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.


Monday, May 11, 2015

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