a Success On the Central Park West Line
Over the past week, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance teams have been working along the Central Park West Line that connects Midtown with Upper Manhattan and the Bronx via the trains. With service suspended between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St on the and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the , hundreds of maintenance and repair tasks were completed efficiently and safely.
For four nights, NYC Transit employees worked, repairing and replacing track components, cleaning track areas and removing tons of litter and debris. Debuting back in January 2012, FASTRACK targets subway lines in segments for comprehensive maintenance, cleaning and repair. It has been highly successful in 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 can now 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, September 16, workers were deployed along the four tracks between the 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St and 161 St-Yankee Stadium Street Stations. Once again NYC Transit’s 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 the Central Park West FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 10,990 bags of debris, removed 122,100 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 33,258 linear feet of track, installed 22 rails, replaced 214 tie blocks and 1,408 track tie plates. Generated 32,300 pounds of track scrap debris.
- Third Rail Operations - corrected 307 defects and scraped and cleaned 6,575 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Signals - Tested 135 signals, 28 track switches.
- Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 160 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 2,350 linear feet of track drain, repaired 10 square feet of damaged concrete, replace 615 light bulbs and sealed 82 leaks.
- Station Environment - Scraped 30,575 square feet of wall and ceiling, painted 13,025 square feet, primed 3,600 square feet. Replaced 35 platform signs, 750 light bulbs. Repaired 56 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension of the platform edge. Serviced 21 Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) and 24 monitors, repaired 15 feet of platform edge. Repaired 139 square feet of concrete platform, 114 leaks, repaired/replaced 287 feet of handrail. Sound and tap 161 square feet of ceiling, which identifies for repair areas of loose ceiling material. Cleaned 3,081 feet of platform drain.
The next FASTRACK effort will take place beginning Monday, September 30, as New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance blitz back to the Broadway Line . Service will be suspended between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, September 30 to early Friday morning, October 4. Service will be suspended through all stations in Manhattan.
Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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