wrapped up onWashington Heights/Inwood Line
Over the past week, the FASTRACK program has been in force along the Line between 168th and 207th Streets. Once again, a laundry list of maintenance and repair tasks was completed efficiently and safely.
For four nights this past week, hundreds of NYC Transit employee worked along the northernmost stretch of the Eighth Avenue Line, repairing and replacing track components, track cleaning and debris removing.
Debuting back in January 2012, FASTRACK targets subway lines in segments for comprehensive maintenance, cleaning and repair. It has been highly successful in considerably reducing the time for maintenance and repair tasks while improving the level of safety for work crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area. In addition to addressing important maintenance, work crews also have the chance to perform such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, chores that are impossible to accomplish while customers and trains are moving through the area.
Beginning last Monday, August 26, workers were deployed along both tracks of the Line through Washington Heights/Inwood as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights. Once again NYC Transit repair and maintenance crews took full advantage of an uninterrupted seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Highlights of the work completed during Washington Heights/Inwood Line FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 8,357 bags of debris, removed 39,500 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 43,415 linear feet of track, replaced 20 tie blocks and 928 track tie plates. Generated 13,050 pounds of track scrap debris,
- Third Rail Operations - corrected 324 defects and scraped and cleaned 2,225 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Signals - Serviced 145 signals, Serviced 17 track switches, tested 51 signals, replaced two signal components.
- Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 80 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 1,580 linear feet of track drain, repaired 25 square feet of bench wall and fixed 76 leaks.
- Station Environment - Scraped 8,800 square feet of wall and ceiling, painted 16,550 square feet, 281 feet of rubbing board repaired, maintained 27 CCTV cameras and 16 monitors.
The next FASTRACK effort will take place beginning Monday, September 9, as New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance blitz back to the Lexington Av Line . Service will be suspended between 10 p.m. and l 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, September 9 to early Friday morning, September 13. All trains run express between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St, in both directions, skipping 51 St, 68 St, 77 St, 96 St, 103 St, 110 St, and 116 St.
Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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