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FASTRACK a Success on the E Subway F Subway M Subway R Subway Lines


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the Queens Boulevard Line for the first of two consecutive weeks. Beginning Monday, March 30, train service was suspended between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center on the E subway and 21 St-Queensbridge on the F subway. Service on the M subway and R subway ended early. Free shuttle buses and other subway lines provided customers with alternate service.

NYC Transit workers took full 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.

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 first week of the
E subway
F subwayM subwayR subway FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 16,385 feet of track and removed 69,213 pounds of debris. Installed 535 tie plates, 16 rails, 428 friction pads, and five tie blocks

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 2,243 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 179 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 72 leaks. Repaired 45 square feet of damaged concrete. Repaired 340 feet of handrail and 35 feet of benchwall. Replaced 271 light bulbs.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 17,850 square feet and painted 15,450 square feet of station surface area. Replaced 1,196 light bulbs and washed 1,113 fixtures. Repaired 960 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Chopped 50 square feet of concrete. Installed 105 feet of new drain line. Replaced 11 platform signs and 40 wayfinding signs.
Check mark Signals – Performed maintenance work on signal components.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 20 CCTV cameras and 10 monitors. Performed maintenance of 324 public address speakers, 13 amplifiers, 14 electronic signs, DVR and microphone equipment, and other public address systems.
Check mark Elevators and Escalators – Completed a total of 13 work orders for preventive maintenance, cleaning, and corrective action.


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 continues next week, April 6 – 10, on the E subwayF subwayM subwayR subway in Queens.


Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015

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