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FASTRACK on the R subway Line in Brooklyn

FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the R subway Fourth Avenue line in Brooklyn for the first of two consecutive weeks.

Subway service was suspended for four consecutive nights along the three-mile Fourth Avenue Line between 95 St in Bay Ridge and 36 St in Sunset Park from 10 PM to 5 AM. NYC Transit employees performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

R subway trains ran between 71 Av in Queens and 36 St in Brooklyn until 11:45 PM.D subway trains ran local between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 36 St and N subway trains ran local between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 59 St in Brooklyn. Late night R subway shuttle service was suspended and free shuttle buses provided alternate service between 95 St and 59 St.

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 Broadway Line FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 8,800 feet of track. Removed 37,600 pounds of scrap debris. Installed four rails, 419 track plates, 281 pads, and 90 tie blocks.

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Infrastructure – Grouted 230 leaks. Inspected and tested 10 square feet of concrete. Cleaned 600 feet of roadbed drain, as well as 35 muck drains. Repaired 60 feet of benchwall and 420 feet of handrail. Replaced 464 light bulbs. Replaced 10 square feet of grating.

Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 2,170 square feet of station area. Primed 1,020 square feet and painted 3,435 square feet of station surface, as well as 3,820 feet of rubbing board and stairway coping, railing, and safety features. Replaced 200 light bulbs and cleaned 200 fixtures. Chopped 35 square feet of concrete. Repaired 20 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Installed new drip pan and 90 feet of drain line.
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Signals – Tested 34 signals and four switches. Serviced 25 signals, four switches, and nine cut sections. Replaced seven signal components and performed testing and maintenance of other 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.

FASTRACK continues on the R subway Fourth Avenue line next week, August 3 — 7.


Monday, July 27, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015

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