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a Success on the D line iconGrand Concourse Line


For four nights this week, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program came to the Grand Concourse Line with hundreds of subway maintenance workers going into tunnels and stations to complete repairs ranging from clearing track drains to replacing worn sections of rail.  This was FASTRACK’s fourth appearance on the Bronx segment of the D line icon 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, November 4, 2013, an army of workers were deployed along the more than five-mile long line as train service was suspended from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.  Maintenance crews completed numerous tasks each night during the seven-hour work window.

Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, “Decreasing the time for maintenance activities while improving service reliability and most importantly increasing the level of safety for workers who no longer have to share tracks with moving trains is a great way to describe FASTRACK.” 

Highlights of the work completed during Grand Concourse Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 8,075 bags of debris, removed 44,000 pounds of scrap and debris, cleaned 73,350 linear feet of track, and replaced 591 friction pads, 1,168 plates, five tie blocks, and 28 sections of rails.

  • Third Rail Operations - Cleared 329 defects and scraped and cleaned 19,115 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Signals - Serviced eight switches, 184 signals, tested 192 signals, and five switches, and supported Track Department on 12 rail/switch maintenance jobs.

  • Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 190 linear feet of no handrail, cleaned 2,750 feet of track drain, repaired two sections of structural steel, sealed 181 leaks and replaced 452 light bulbs.

  • Electronics Maintenance - Optimized picture on 24 monitors and serviced 32 cameras.

  • Station Environment - Scraped 33,100 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed 2,000 square feet and painted 29,000 square feet.  Removed 600 square feet of track graffiti, repaired/replace nine square feet of platform tile, and repaired 107 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.

The next FASTRACK will take place on the A line icon C line icon B line icon D line icon lines affecting service on the West Side of Manhattan and in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx.  Service on the affected lines will be suspended between 59 St-Columbus Circle on theA line icon C line icon B line icon D line icon and 207 St on the A line iconC line icon, and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the B line iconD line icon respectively from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, November 18 to early Friday morning, November 22. B line iconC line icon services end early each night.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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