a Success on theGrand Concourse Line
MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program returned to the Bronx this week on the Grand Concourse Line with hundreds of Transit workers going into tunnels and stations to complete repairs ranging from clearing track drains to replacing worn rails. This was FASTRACK’s third appearance on the line from the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station to the 205 St station.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK program targets subway lines in segments and has been highly successful in significantly reducing the time for maintenance tasks while improving the level of safety for repair crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area. In addition to addressing critical maintenance, workers also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, tasks that are impossible to do with customers waiting for trains.
Beginning Monday, July 15, 2013, an army of workers were deployed along the more than five-mile long line as train service
was suspended on four consecutive nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. Maintenance
crews completed many tasks each
night during the seven-hour work window.
Joseph Leader, Acting Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, “An accurate way to describe the success of FASTRACK is to say it decreases the time for maintenance activities while increasing the level of safety for workers who no longer have to share tracks with moving trains.”
Highlights of the work completed during Grand Concourse Line FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 7,852 bags of debris, removed 112,900 pounds of scrap and debris, cleaned 35,967 linear feet of track, replaced 437 friction pads, installed 947 plates, and 13 sections of rails.
- Third Rail Operations - cleared 491 defects, scraped and cleaned 11,010 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Signals - Serviced two switches, 145 signals, tested 164 signals, two switches, and supported Track Department on ten rail/switch maintenance jobs.
- Infrastructure - Installed/repaired 1,002 linear feet of “no clearance” signs, repaired/replaced 140 linear feet of no handrail, cleaned 1,150 feet of track drain, repaired 35 feet of damaged concrete, and sealed 70 leaks.
- Electronics Maintenance - Optimized picture on 36 monitors and 53 cameras, inspected and tested two emergency telephones.
- Station Environment - Scraped 22,650 square feet of paintable station surface area, painted 4,950 square feet of paintable station surface area, repaired 180 linear feet of rubbing board, and replaced 65 station platform signs.
- Elevators & Escalators- Performed preventative maintenance on three units, cleaned and lubricated three units.
The next FASTRACK will take place in Queens beginning Monday, August 12, as MTA New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance effort to the Queens Boulevard Line. The lines will be shutdown from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, August 12 to early Friday morning, August 16. There will be no train service between Roosevelt Av and 5 Av-53 St on the lines and 21 St-Queensbridge on the line.
Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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