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FASTRACK on the Q Subway line in Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FASTRACK continued Wednesday on the Q line icon Line for the third night this week. NYC Transit employees took advantage of a seven-hour train-free environment, between 10 PM and 5 AM, 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 785 feet of track and removed 7,700 pounds of debris
Check mark Replaced 220 track tie plates and 148 friction pads
Check mark Cleaned 300 feet under and around the third rail and addressed five defects
Check mark Painted 2,400 square feet of station surface, including 67 columns
Check mark Repaired 50 square feet of the platform edge
Check mark Grouted 40 leaks
Check mark Replaced three tunnel light bulbs
Check mark Cleaned 225 feet of drains
Check mark Poured 22 square feet of concrete
Check mark Tested and serviced three signals
Check mark Performed maintenance on two switches and serviced other switch/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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