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a Success on the E line iconF line iconM line iconR line icon Lines


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the E line iconF line iconM line icon R line icon between Queens and Manhattan this week.

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 E line icon and 21 St-Queensbridge on the F line icon. Service on the M line icon and R line icon ended early and customers used free shuttle buses and other subway lines to get around. NYC Transit workers took full advantage of the 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 E line iconF line iconM line iconR line icon Lines FASTRACK:

Check mark 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.
Check mark Third Rail Operations - Cleaned 14,050 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 284 defects.
Check mark 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.
Check mark 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.
Check mark 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.
Check mark Electronic Maintence – Performed maintenance work of 24 CCTV cameras and 16 monitors, as well as DVR servicing.
Check mark 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 R line iconR line iconR line iconR line iconCentral Park West lines in Manhattan, July 28 August 1.


Monday, July 21, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014

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