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FASTRACK a Success on the F Subway In Queens


FASTRACK —MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — came to the F subway Line in Queens for the first of two consecutive weeks.  NYC Transit workers took advantage of 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. F subway trains were rerouted via the E subway to/from Jamaica Center as service was suspended between 179 St and Briarwood.  Free shuttle buses provided customers with alternate service.

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 first week of the

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 6,236 feet of track and removed 44,600 pounds of debris.  Installed 504 tie plates, 31 rails, 68 friction pads, and 13 tie blocks. 

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,775 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 184 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 117 leaks.  Replaced 88 light bulbs.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 45,600 square feet of station surface area.  Replaced 892 light bulbs, washed 546 fixtures, and replaced four ballasts.  Replaced 32 platform signs.  Chopped and repaired five square feet of concrete.  Installed 10 feet of drain line.  Repaired 20 feet of water line.
Check mark Signals – Performed maintenance work on signal grounding equipment and control lines.


The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive nights, 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.

FASTRACK continues on the F subway next week, September 21 – 25.


Monday, September 14, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015

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