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FASTRACK a Success on the A Subway Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the A subway in Manhattan between 207 St and 168 St for the first of two weeks of overnight work. A subway service operated between Lefferts Blvd/Far Rockaway and 168 St. 1 subway trains and Special M4 and free shuttle buses provided alternate service.

NYC Transit workers took advantage of seven hours of train-free access each night from 10 PM to 5 AM to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

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 first week of the A subway FASTRACK :

Check mark Track – Scraped and cleaned 12,385 feet of track. Removed 71,000 pounds of debris. Installed 462 track plates and 262 friction pads.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,420 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 76 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted eight leaks. Repaired 90 feet of benchwall. Replaced 100 square feet of grating. Cleaned 375 feet of drain. Inspected 25 square feet of tunnel surface.
Check mark Power – Serviced seven subway control terminal boxes and control cable wiring.
Check mark Signals – Tested and serviced 10 signals and four switches.  Performed track/switch maintenance at two locations and serviced signal grounding components and other track/switch equipment.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 17,250 square feet of station surface. Primed 600 square feet and painted 10,800 square feet of station surface area. Repaired 417 feet of rubbing board. Replaced four platform signs.


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 A subway next week, November 16 – 20.


Monday, November 9, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015

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