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During the past week, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance teams have been working in the subway on the West Side of Manhattan that connects Midtown with Upper Manhattan, Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx via the A line iconC line iconB line iconD line icon trains. With service suspended between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 207 St on the A line iconC line icon and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the B line iconD line icon, hundreds of maintenance and repair tasks were completed.

For four nights, NYC Transit employees repaired and replaced track components, cleaned track areas and removed tons of litter and debris. 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 issues, 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.

The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experiences a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK events last year, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during all other operations. An LTA is a job-related incident that results in the inability of an employee to perform his/her duties for at least one working day beyond the day of the incident.

Beginning last Monday, November 18, workers were deployed in stations and tunnels between the 59 St-Columbus Circle and 207 St/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 this week's FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 8,785 bags of debris, removed 188,100 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 43,570 linear feet of track, installed 23 rails, replaced 791 friction pads, 105 tie blocks and 1,186 track tie plates. Generated 81,500 pounds of track scrap debris.

  • Third Rail Operations - corrected 553 defects and scraped and cleaned 8,755 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Signals - Tested 18 track switches and 127 signals, serviced 31 switches and 157 signals and replaced 10 switch relay devices.
  • Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 215 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 100 linear feet of “no clearance signs” and 1,200 linear feet of track drain, replaced 54 square feet of sidewalk ventilation grating, 100 linear feet of “no clearance” signs, and 803 light bulbs, and repaired 82 leaks and 21 feet of bench wall—an elevated walkway inside tunnels.  A bench wall is used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency.

  • Station Environment - Scraped 23,450 square feet of paintable surface, primed 18,820 square feet, and painted 22,100 square feet and 4,900 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension of the platform edge.  Replaced four light bulbs, 86 platform signs and removed 800 square feet of track graffiti.  Repaired 66 square feet of concrete and 875 feet of rubbing board.  Repaired/replaced 14 square feet of platform tile and installed 22 linear feet of drain line.

  • Electronics Maintenance – Serviced and tested 40 Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) cameras and 51 monitors.

FASTRACK returns to Brooklyn this weekend on the D line icon and N line icon lines. On Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., there will be no D line icon service between Stillwell Av and Bay Parkway and no N line icon service between Stillwell Av and 86 St. The final FASTRACK for the year is scheduled to take place beginning Monday, December 2, and for the first time, this repair and maintenance effort comes to the F line icon line between Greenwich Village and Downtown Brooklyn. For four consecutive nights, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., from Monday, December 2 to early Friday morning, December 6, F line icon trains will run via the A line icon line between West 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn, in both directions.

Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.


Monday, November 18, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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