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FASTRACK a Success on the E Subway In Queens


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the E subway Line in Queens this week. NYC Transit workers took advantage of seven hours of train-free access each night from 10 PM to 5 AM to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

E subway trains were rerouted via the F subway to/from 179 St as service was suspended between Jamaica Center and Briarwood. Free shuttle buses provided customers with alternate service.

Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "Our FASTRACK efforts have been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock, providing a better work environment for employees and improving train service reliability for our customers."

Highlights of the work completed during the E subway FASTRACK :

Check mark Track – Removed 41,581 pounds of debris. Installed 181 track plates, 19 rails, seven ties, and 160 friction pads.
Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,960 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 70 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 92 leaks. Repaired 585 feet of handrails. Serviced and cleaned 39 muck drains.
Check mark Station Environment – Replaced 58 light bulbs and a ballast. Washed 44 lighting fixtures. Painted 725 feet of rubbing board.


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 occurs on the A subway November 9 – 13.


Monday, November 2, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015

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