a Success on the Washington Heights/Inwood Line
We brought our FASTRACK maintenance program to Upper Manhattan this week with hundreds of Transit workers descending into tunnels and stations on the Washington Heights/Inwood Line to repair and replace components ranging from broken concrete to worn track.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK program targets subway lines in segments and has been highly successful in significantly reducing the time for maintenance tasks while improving the level of safety for repair crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area. In addition to addressing critical maintenance, workers also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, tasks that are impossible to do with customers waiting for trains.
Beginning last Monday, June 10, an army of workers were deployed along the more than 2.4-mile long Washington Heights/Inwood Line as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights at stations in Upper Manhattan. Repair crews took full advantage of the seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
“Doing preventative maintenance and repair work on critical components in subway tunnels and stations has always been challenging because the system never stops running,” said Joseph Leader, Acting Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways. “Our FASTRACK program has changed the way we do business because suspending train service along a corridor for four weeknights, gives our maintenance forces seven hours of uninterrupted time to work on tracks, in stations and adjacent areas."
Highlights of the work completed during Washington Heights/Inwood Line FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 10,772 bags of debris, removed 102,400 pounds of scrap and debris, scraped and cleaned 46,895 linear feet of track, replaced 12 tie blocks, installed 614 tie plates, 25 running rails.
- Third Rail Operations - cleared 486 identified defects, scraped and cleaned 3,745 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Signals - Serviced 141 signals, 25 switches and supported Track Department on rail and switch jobs.
- Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 80 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 1,580 linear feet of track drain, repaired 56 square feet of bench wall and fixed 76 leaks.
- Electronics Maintenance - Serviced and tested public address systems at four locations.
- Station Environment - Replaced 19 platform signs, 509 tunnel light bulbs, 14 blue emergency light bulbs, painted 94 station columns, six linear feet of rubbing board, cleaned six station drains, scraped 16,100 square feet of paintable station surface area, and painted 13,600 square feet.
The next FASTRACK will take place beginning Monday, June 17, as this repair and maintenance effort comes to the Broadway Line. The Broadway Line will be shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 17 to early Friday morning, June 21. There will be no train service at stations in Manhattan and Court St, Brooklyn. Service will be suspended between Lexington Av/59 St, Manhattan and Court St, Brooklyn. Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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