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FASTRACK — New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the A line iconC line iconB line iconD line icon Central Park West line in Manhattan this week. Hundreds of New York City Transit employees performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

Subway service was suspended from 10 PM each night until 5 AM the next morning, as an army of workers was deployed along the 8.7 mile-long segment of the subway linking Midtown, Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Bronx. A line icon service was suspended between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 207 St, and D line icon service was suspended between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 161 St-Yankee Stadium. Service on the B line icon and C line icon lines ended early. Late-night customers used the 1 line icon, 2 line icon, and 4 line icon lines, free shuttle buses, the Bx12 bus, and special service on the Bx19 as alternate means of transportation.

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 A line iconC line iconB line iconD line icon Lines FASTRACK:

Check mark Track -Scraped and cleaned 39,618 feet of track and installed 1,511 track tie plates and 51 tie blocks. Removed 100,950 pounds of scrap debris in 5,747 bags.
Check mark Third Rail Operations - Cleaned 14,130 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 154 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Repaired 109 leaks. Repaired or replaced 300 feet of handrails. Replaced 785 tunnel light bulbs. Completed 40 feet of bench wall repairs. Cleaned 100 feet of drains.
Check mark Station Environment - Replaced 716 light bulbs and washed 400 fixtures. Scraped and cleaned 16,325 square feet of paintable station surface. Primed 7,330 square feet and painted 12,880 square feet. Repaired 940 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.
Check mark Signals – Serviced 14 switches, 21 signals, and other signal equipment. Tested 4 signals and 8 switches, as well as other components. Performed routine rail/switch maintenance at 14 locations.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Performed maintenance on 39 CCTV cameras and 49 CCTV monitors.

The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive weeknights or weekend days, 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 overnight closure will take place August 11 15 on the A line iconC line iconE line icon Eighth Avenue Line between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Jay St-MetroTech.


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