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FASTRACK on the Q Subway line in Brooklyn

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FASTRACK concluded on the Q line icon Line last night, suspending service for the final time this week between
Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Prospect Park.  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 360 feet of track and removed 10,300 pounds of scrap debris
Check mark Installed 115 friction pads and 181 track tie plates
Check mark Cleaned 1,100 feet under and around the third rail and addressed 22 defects
Check mark Scraped 1,400 square feet of station surface and primed 1,225 square feet of paintable surface area
Check mark Painted 2,400 square feet of station surface area, including 81 columns
Check mark Chopped 25 square feet of concrete
Check mark Cleaned 225 feet of roadbed drain and three station drains
Check mark Grouted six leaks
Check mark Tested and serviced one signal and two switches


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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