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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 second 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 second week of the A subway FASTRACK :

Check mark Track – Scraped and cleaned 21,955 feet of track. Removed 68,800 pounds of debris. Installed 523 track plates, six rails, and 301 friction pads. Serviced an insulated joint.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,265 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 135 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Cleaned 825 feet of center trough drain and five muck drains.
Check mark Signals – Tested and serviced seven switches. Performed track/switch maintenance at six locations. Serviced signal grounding equipment.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 23,000 square feet of station area. Primed 7,800 square feet and painted 16,800 square feet of station surface. Repaired 170 feet of rubbing board. Replaced 94 square feet of tiles.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced seven CCTV cameras and six monitors.


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.

This concludes our FASTRACK maintenance program for 2015. FASTRACK will return in 2016.


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