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FASTRACKa Success on the B line iconD line iconF line iconM line icon 6 Av Line

March 10 – 14, 2014

FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's (NYCT) aggressive maintenance program —returned to the
B line icon D line icon F line icon M line icon 6 Av line in Manhattan this week, closing a 2.5-mile segment between 14 St and 57 St to train traffic nightly from 10 PM to 5 AM the following morning, prior to the morning rush. 

The suspension of service allowed hundreds of NYCT employees seven hours of uninterrupted access to station and tunnel infrastructure, signal and security equipment, and track and third rail components, where they performed inspection, cleaning, and maintenance tasks. 

Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "The FASTRACK program has been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock, providing a safer and more productive work environment for employees while improving train service reliability and station appearance for our customers."

Highlights of the work completed during the 6 Av Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 9,385 pounds of scrap debris in 5,373 bags; removed 97,750 pounds of scrap debris in 15,678 bags; scraped 40,741 feet of track and inspected 14,300 feet; and installed eight track rails, 812 plates, and 36 tie blocks.

  • Third Rail Operations - Corrected 413 defects and cleaned 26,540 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Infrastructure –Repaired/replaced 205 feet of handrail and repaired 44 leaks; cleaned 2,250 feet of drain line; performed drain line repair and pump plant maintenance at two locations; replaced 15 square feet of grating; repaired or serviced six doors; removed 1,700 gallons of waste; and replaced 224 light bulbs.

  • Station Environment - Scraped 13,410 square feet of station wall and primed 22,230 square feet.  Painted 12,760 square feet of wall, FDNY stand pipes, and 6,445 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.  Repairs were made to 140 feet of rubbing board.  Station lighting improvements consisted of replacing seven fluorescent light-fixture ballasts and 1,560 light bulbs.  Also replaced 17 platform signs..

  • Signals –Serviced and tested 43 signals.  Tested 36 switches and serviced 24 switches.  Conducted inspections at two interlocking locations.  Performed track division support maintenance at 14 locations.  Serviced, tested, and/or replaced several other signal and switching components.

  • Power Substation – Maintenance tasks included servicing control and switching components.

  • Electronic Maintenance –Performed maintenance of 12 closed-circuit television cameras and monitors, including cable connections. Repaired and/or serviced 252 public address (PA) speakers, 17 PA/customer information systems, seven microphones on four consoles, and five other PA components.

  • Elevators & Escalators –Completed work orders for cleaning and lubrication, corrective actions, and preventive maintenance of elevators and escalators.

The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over four 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 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 overnight FASTRACK closure will take place March 24 – 28 on the 7 line icon Line in Manhattan. There will be no service in both directions between 96 St and Dyckman St.


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