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a Success on the F line icon Line

— MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the F line icon line this week, between Greenwich Village in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.  The suspension of service allowed hundreds of New York City Transit (NYCT) employees seven hours of uninterrupted access to perform a wide range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal and security equipment, and track and third rail components.

Starting late evening Monday, February 24 and ending Friday, February 28, prior to the morning rush, train service was suspended along the 3.3-mile long, five-station section of the subway between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech. F line icon trains were rerouted via the F line icon and alternate service to the closed stations was provided by free shuttle buses and the D line icon and J line icon trains. NYCT repair and maintenance 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, "The FASTRACK program has been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock, providing a safer and more productive work environment for employees while improving train service reliability and station appearance for our customers."

Highlights of the work completed during the F Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 60,900 pounds of scrap debris in 9,199 bags; removed 170,800 pounds of scrap debris in 12,607 bags; scraped 27,130 feet of track; inspected 11,700 feet of track; and installed 11 rails, 934 track plates, and 680 friction pads.

  • Third Rail Operations - Corrected 347 defects and cleaned 15,635 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Infrastructure – Repaired/replaced 312 feet of handrail and grouted 28 leaks.  Repaired 57 feet of bench wall, the elevated walkway inside tunnels used by maintenance personnel, and which provides a means of evacuation during emergencies).  Replaced 658 light bulbs, cleaned 1,030 feet of drain line, and removed 750 gallons of waste.

  • Station Environment - Scraped 16,350 square feet of station wall, primed 5,800 square feet, and painted 29,200 square feet.  Other areas receiving a fresh coat of paint included FDNY stand pipe, stairway safety and coping, and 4,520 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Repairs were also performed on 300 feet of rubbing board. Cleaned 469 lighting fixtures and replaced 10 fluorescent light fixture ballasts and 1,143 light bulbs. Also repaired 10 feet of water damaged wall and corrected 21 other defects.

  • Signals – Serviced and tested 27 signals.  Tested 23 switches and serviced two. Replaced components of three signals and repaired holding lights at two locations.  Provided track division support at three locations, including maintenance of 18 rails/switches.  Also serviced and tested a total of 29 other pieces of equipment.

  • Electronic Maintenance – Performed maintenance of 20 closed-circuit television cameras and 10 monitors. Repaired and/or serviced 555 public address (PA) speakers, 42 PA/customer information systems, 12 microphones, a security digital video recorder, and seven PA microphone consoles.

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 will take place March 3 – 7 on the N line icon Q line icon R line icon Broadway line in Manhattan. There will be no service at N line icon Q line icon R line icon stations in Manhattan in both directions.


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Monday, February 24

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