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While rider attention is naturally drawn to MTA New York City Transit’s Fix&Fortify projects to rebuild the Sandy-damaged Montague and Greenpoint Tubes, the day-to-day job of maintaining the subway system continues.

For four nights this week, hundreds of NYC Transit employees performed FASTRACK duties along a five-station stretch of the E line iconM line iconR line icon Queens Boulevard Line. The work involved repair and replacement of track components, track cleaning and debris removal.

Debuting back in January 2012, FASTRACK targets subway lines in segments for comprehensive maintenance, cleaning and repair.  It has been highly successful in considerably 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 perform such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, chores that are impossible to accomplish while customers and trains are moving through the area.

Beginning last Monday, August 12, an army of workers was deployed along both local tracks of the Queens Boulevard Line between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Av. as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights.  Once again NYC Transit repair and maintenance crews took full advantage of an uninterrupted seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Joseph Leader, Acting Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, “We are continuing to fine-tune and improve our FASTRACK efforts, which have been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock.”

Highlights of the work completed during Queens Boulevard Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 4,235 bags of debris, removed 29,000 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 11,515 linear feet of track, replaced six tie blocks and 176 track tie plates. Generated 7,100 pounds of track scrap debris,

  • Third Rail Operations - corrected 26 defects and scraped and cleaned 4,040 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Signals – Maintained one rail/switch location.

  • Station Environment – Replaced 25 feet of handrail.  Replaced 25 feet of handrail.  Sound and tap 55 square feet of ceiling, which identifies for repair areas of loose ceiling material.

The next FASTRACK will take place beginning Monday, August 26, as New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance blitz to Upper Manhattan. A line icon Line service will be suspended between 10 p.m. and l 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, August 26 to early Friday morning, August 30. There will be no A line icon train service between 168 St and 207 St.

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


Monday, August 12, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013



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