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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 second of two consecutive weeks. Beginning Monday, April 6, 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 second week of the
E subway
F subwayM subwayR subway FASTRACK:

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 9,810 feet of track and removed 54,600 pounds of debris. Installed 614 tie plates, 13 rails,and 510 friction pads.

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 2,405 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 250 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 112 leaks. Repaired 31 feet of benchwall. Replaced 533 light bulbs. Cleaned 1,425 feet of roadbed drain. Serviced pump room equipment and removed 27 gallons of silt.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 19,845 square feet and painted 11,540 square feet of station surface area. Repaired 650 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Chopped 30 square feet of concrete.  Installed 60 feet of new drain line. 
Check mark Signals – Performed maintenance work on signal and switch components.
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 20 CCTV cameras and 10 monitors. Performed maintenance of 353 public address speakers, 12 amplifiers, 28 electronic signs, DVR and microphone equipment, and other public address systems.


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 Q subway line in Brooklyn the week of May 4 – 8.


Monday, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015

EFMR Accomplishments
Friday, April 3, 2015

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