Skip to main content
To homepage

a Success on the A line iconC line iconE line icon 8th Av Lines


FASTRACK — New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — made its 2014 debut on the A line iconC line iconE line icon Eighth Avenue line 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 corridor between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Jay St-MetroTech in Brooklyn. The A line icon and E line icon lines were rerouted to 6 Av line stations and service ended early. In addition, the 1 line icon,2 line icon,3 line icon,4 line icon,5 line icon, and 6 line icon lines provided alternate service to midtown and lower Manhattan.

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 iconE line icon Lines FASTRACK:

Check mark Track -Scraped and cleaned 30,740 feet of track. Installed 20 new rails, 506 track tie plates, and 48 tie blocks. Removed 60,900 pounds of debris in 6,245 bags.
Check mark Third Rail Operations - Scraped and cleaned 9,428 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 265 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 109 leaks. Cleaned 375 feet of "No Clearance" signs. Repaired 65 square feet of damaged concrete. Scraped and cleaned a 55-foot section of the trough running in the center of the roadbed. Chipped 105 square feet of concrete surface and poured 100 square feet of new concrete. Replaced 129 tunnel light bulbs. Performed pump plant maintenance, including the removal of 70 gallons of silt.
Check mark Station Environment - Scraped and cleaned 7,300 square feet of paintable station surface. Primed 4,950 square feet and painted 22,342 square feet. Replaced 1,185 light bulbs, washed 559 fixtures, and replaced 59 fluorescent lighting ballasts. Repaired 765 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge, and 34 square feet of tiles. Installed 35 feet of new drain line. Repaired two vent drains and cleaned 36 vents. Replaced eight platform signs.
Check mark Signals – Serviced 48 switches, 14 signals, nine cut sections, and 17 other pieces of equipment. Performed cable repair and replaced six signal components. Conducted 118 monthly inspections.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 12 CCTV cameras, 36 CCTV monitors, and a DVR. Installed 80 feet of new CCTV conduit.
Check mark Elevator and Escalators – Completed three preventive maintenance work orders and seven cleaning/lubrication work orders.

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 September 8 — 12 on the G line icon line in Brooklyn.


Monday, August 11, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Google Translate