a Success On the in Brooklyn
MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK intensive maintenance program returned to south Brooklyn this weekend, and once again performed this critical work on an elevated line. During this two day shutdown, there was no service between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Bay Parkway on the line and 86 St on line from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 - 19. Work accomplished during the closure included tasks ranging from hanging wire baskets to keep debris from falling to the street below to replacing rail.
Joseph Leader, Acting Senior Vice President of Department of Subways said, “With constant exposure to the natural elements, rain, wind, snow and extreme temperature changes, maintaining the outdoor parts of the system has unique challenges. Our FASTRACK maintenance program is a valuable tool in keeping all parts of the system in a state of good repair while simultaneously allowing us to work efficiently and have a safe working environment for employees”.
Major achievements from the weekend’s maintenance work include servicing three switches, replacing seven sections of track, 50 track tie plates and a frog, a switch component that permits the wheels of a train on one rail of a track to cross to an intersecting rail. Work crews also removed 300 linear feet of overgrown vegetation that was near the tracks and 4,000 pounds of scrap debris and replaced 120 hanging wire baskets.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK maintenance program targets subway lines in segments. Repair crews no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area and are able to inspect signals and switches, repair and replace track rails and cross ties, clean track floors, perform elevator and escalator repair work, repair water damage, clear drains, and clean stations.
The next FASTRACK will take place in Queens beginning Monday, June 3, as MTA New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance blitz to the Queens Boulevard Line. The Lines will be shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 3 to early Friday morning, June 7. There will be no train service between 5 Av-53 St/21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Av.
Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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