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


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the B subwayD subwayF subwayM subway 6 Av line in Manhattan for the second of two weeks of overnight work. From 10 PM to 5 AM each night, B subwayD subwayF subwayM subway trains did not stop at the 14 St, 23 St, 34 St-Herald Sq, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 47-50 Sts, and 57 St 6 Av stations. In Manhattan, D subway and F subway trains were rerouted via the 8 Av line, special shuttle trains ran between Lexington Av/63 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, B subway and M subway and service ended early. D subway trains operated in two sections: between the Bronx and Manhattan and between Manhattan and Brooklyn, with connections available between the services at B'way-Lafayette St. F subway trains were rerouted via the E subway line in both directions between W 4 St and Roosevelt Av.

During this time, NYC Transit employees performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

Wynton Habersham, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, "FASTRACK has proven to have a significant impact on decreasing delays – both in terms of consolidating maintenance forces in a concentrated area and in terms of proactive maintenance that improves service delivery."

Highlights of the work completed during the second week of the
6 Avenue Line FASTRACK:

Check mark Track – Replaced track components, including 18 rails, 673 track plates, 597 friction pads, and 10 tie blocks. Removed 121,950 pounds of scrap debris.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,210 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 181 defects. Inspected 1,870 feet of third rail.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 87 leaks. Repaired 128 feet of benchwall and 30 feet of drain line. Chipped 68 square feet and poured 30 square feet of concrete. Cleaned 2,445 feet of drains and serviced four pump plants.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped 4,800 square feet of station surface area. Primed 5,300 square feet and painted 16,900 square feet of station surface, including 93 columns and 57 FDNY standpipes. Replaced 895 station light bulbs and 11 ballasts. Installed 40 feet of drain line. Repaired 460 feet of rubbing board. Chopped 38 square feet and patched 29 square feet of concrete. Replaced 13 platform signs and 14 wayfinding signs.
Check mark Signals– Serviced 11 switches, six signals, three cut sections, and other equipment.  Tested 18 signals, 19 switches, and other equipment.  Replaced six signal components and two switch components.  Serviced 17 rail/switch components.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced six CCTV cameras and nine monitors.


The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive nights, 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 comes to the one  subway Line March 28 – April 1.


Monday March 14, 2016
Tuesday March 15, 2016
Wednesday March 16, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016

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