a Success on the Lines
Beginning Monday, July 21, train service was suspended for four consecutive nights along a five-mile section of the normally bustling Queens Boulevard line between Roosevelt Av and 5 Av/53 St on the
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 Lines FASTRACK:
|Track -Scraped and cleaned 38,102 feet of track and installed 767 track tie plates and 62 tie blocks. Removed 125,150 pounds of scrap debris in 3,739 bags.|
|Third Rail Operations - Cleaned 14,050 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 284 defects.|
|Infrastructure – Grouted 132 leaks and repaired 325 square feet of damaged concrete; cleaned 1,100 feet of drain line and removed 1,000 gallons of silt; repaired 540 feet of handrail and cleaned 100 feet of "No Clearance" signage. Replaced 358 light bulbs and 12 square feet of grating.|
|Station Environment - Scraped and cleaned 5,750 square feet of station surface and painted 30,700 square feet. Replaced two square feet of tile and repaired 177 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Replaced 854 light bulbs, washed 844 fixtures, and performed fluorescent lighting ballast repair. Patched 23 square feet of concrete and repaired one vent drain.|
|Signals – Tested and serviced seven switches. Serviced three signals and tested four. Replaced four signal components. Performed other maintenance work on cut sections, signal boxes, and eight rail/switch segments.|
|Electronic Maintence – Performed maintenance work of 24 CCTV cameras and 16 monitors, as well as DVR servicing.|
|Elevators and Escalators – Completed a total of nine work orders for preventive maintenance, corrective action, and cleaning/lubrication of escalator and elevator components.|
The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive weeknights or weekend days, 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 overnight FASTRACK closure is scheduled for the Central Park West
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