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FASTRACK on the D line icon Grand Concourse line

Friday, March 10, 2017

FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the D subway Grand Concourse line in the Bronx for a second week of overnight work.

From 10 PM to 5 AM each night, the 4 subway train and free shuttle buses provided alternate service.   D subway service operated between Stillwell Av and 161 St-Yankee Stadium.  NYC Transit employees took advantage of train-free access to the line to perform 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 Grand Concourse Line FASTRACK include:

Check mark Track – Replaced 18 rails, 869 plates, 507 friction pads, and 34 tie blocks. Removed 297,500 pounds of scrap debris.
Check mark Third Rail Operations Cleaned 320 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 46 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 30 leaks. Repaired 255 feet of handrail and 52 feet of benchwall. Tested and inspected 40 square feet of concrete. Serviced five pump plants and removed 1,700 gallons of silt. Cleaned 16 muck drains. Chipped 13 square feet of concrete and poured 18 square feet of concrete. Replaced 210 light bulbs. Repaired structural steel. Performed structural inspection of 16,603 feet of tunnel.
Check mark Station Environment Scraped 22,200 square feet of station surface area. Primed 9,050 square feet and painted 36,700 square feet of station surface, including 40 columns and 9,000 feet of rubbing board. Repaired 51 columns and 20 feet of rubbing board. Chopped and repaired 21 square feet of concrete. Replaced 20 ADA tiles. Installed 15 feet of drain line. Serviced 171 steps and risers. Replaced 110 platform edge signs.
Check mark Signals – Serviced 31 signals and five switches. Tested 87 signals and five switches. Performed maintenance of three track switches. Completed 84 monthly signal equipment inspections.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 28 CCTV cameras and five monitors, six NYPD cameras, and 14 emergency telephones.


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.

FASTRACK comes to the L subway April 3 – 7 and April 10 – 14.



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