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Queens Boulevard Line

This week our FASTRACK maintenance program returned to Queens with hundreds of Transit workers going into tunnels and stations on the Queens Boulevard Line, replacing and repairing items from light bulbs to damaged rail.

FASTRACK debuted in January 2012 and targets subway lines in sections.  It has been highly successful in significantly reducing the time for maintenance and repair tasks while improving the level of safety for work crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area.  In addition to addressing important maintenance, work crews also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, chores that are impossible to do with customers waiting for trains.

Beginning last Monday, October 14, an army of workers were deployed along a six-mile long portion of the Queens Boulevard Line as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights at 
E line icon M line icon F line icon R line icon stations between 5 Av-53 St/21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Av.  Repair crews took full advantage of an uninterrupted seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, “Thanks to FASTRACK, the inspections, repairs and preventative maintenance and cleaning we do over four consecutive nights is making the subway system safer, cleaner and more reliable.  The program also reduces the chance of an employee getting injured on the job and saves money.”

Highlights of the work completed during Queens Boulevard Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 6,929 bags of debris, removed 119,400 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 65,215 linear feet of track, replaced 112 tie blocks, 1,311 tie plates and 15 running rails.

  • Third Rail Operations - corrected 657 defects, and scraped and cleaned 9,430 feet of track under and around the
    third rail.

  • Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 105 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 1,200 linear feet of track drain, repaired 30 square feet of damaged concrete, replaced 132 light bulbs and sealed 50 leaks.  Sound and tapped 137 square feet of ceiling, which identifies for repair areas of loose ceiling material. 

  • Electronics Maintenance - Optimized pictures on 20 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and 35 CCTV cameras and repaired public address system speakers.

  • Station Environment - Replaced 53 platform signs, scraped 16,950 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed 12,700 square feet and painted 25,500 square feet and nine columns.  Repaired 455 linear feet and painted 1,950 linear of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.

  • Engineering - Inspected 18,345 linear feet of subway structure.

The next FASTRACK will take place beginning Monday, October 28, as MTA New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance blitz to Manhattan’s East Side between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, October 28 to early Friday morning, November 1.

From Mon to Thu, 4 Line icon local service begins earlier in both directions between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St and 5 line icon service ends early in Manhattan each night.

Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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