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FASTRACK a Success 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 second 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 Fourth Avenue Line FASTRACK:

Check mark Track – Scraped and cleaned 8,780 feet of track. Removed 59,100 pounds of scrap debris. Installed 13 rails, 336 track plates, 333 friction pads, and 42 tie blocks.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 950 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 101 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 46 leaks. Cleaned 225 feet of roadbed drain, as well as 10 muck drains. Repaired 110 feet of benchwall and 870 feet of handrail. Cleaned 550 feet of "No Clearance" signs.
Check mark Stations Environment – Scraped and cleaned 3,000 square feet of station area. Primed 5,200 square feet and painted 3,700 square feet of station surface, as well as four doors and stairway coping, railing, and safety features. Replaced 100 square feet of tiles. Chopped 50 square feet of concrete. Repaired 28 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Installed new drip pan and 50 feet of drain line. Serviced solar energy equipment and performed other miscellaneous station repairs.
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Signals – Tested and serviced two signals. Serviced 12 switch locations, replaced three signal components, and completed 66 monthly signal component inspections.


About FASTRACK

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.

Our next FASTRACK comes to the 7 Av 1 subway2 subway3 subway Line, August 17 — 21 and 24 — 28.

Accomplishments:

Monday, August 3, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015


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