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a Success on the F line icon Line in Manhattan and Brooklyn

FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the line between Greenwich Village in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn this week. Hundreds of NYC Transit employees performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

Subway service was suspended from 10 PM each night until 5 AM the next morning, as an army of workers was deployed along the 3.3-mile long, five-station segment of the subway between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech. F line icon trains were rerouted via the A line icon and alternate service was provided by free shuttle buses and the D line icon and D line icon trains.

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 Broadway Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Scraped and cleaned 37,520 feet of track; installed 14 track rails, 1,026 track plates, and 744 friction pads. Generated 31,400 pounds of scrap debris in 6,219 bags and removed 74,700 pounds of scrap debris in 6,263 bags;

  • Third Rail Operations - Corrected 155 defects and cleaned 18,005 feet under and around the third rail.

  • Infrastructure - Repaired 148 leaks and 75 square feet of damaged concrete; cleaned 950 feet of drain line; repaired or replaced 406 feet of handrail; and replaced 564 light bulbs.

  • Station Environment - Scraped 3,540 square feet of paintable station surface and primed 6,840 square feet. Painted 34,080 square feet of station surface, including 58 columns and 48 stairway safety markers. Patched/repaired eight square feet of station concrete surface. Station lighting improvements included replacing two fluorescent light fixture ballasts and 10 light bulbs. Serviced one station agent booth.

  • Signals - Tested 12 switches and serviced 10 switches and cut sections. Tested 43 signals and serviced 34 signals. Completed multiple work orders for maintenance, repair, and replacement of more than 30 other switch and signal components.

  • Electronic Maintenance - Serviced 10 closed-circuit television cameras and six monitors, as well as other electronic security equipment and 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 FASTRACK closure occurs June 16-20 in Brooklyn, along the 4th Avenue N line icon R line icon line between 95 St and 36 St.


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