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FASTRACK a Success on the F Subway In Queens


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the F subway Line in Queens for the second 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 second week of the

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Track – Scraped and cleaned 12,145 feet of track and removed 60,700 pounds of debris.  Installed 424 tie plates, 33 rails, 65 friction pads, and 11 tie blocks. Performed walk-through inspection of 4,010 feet of track. 

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 1,840 feet of track under and around the third rail and corrected 186 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 58 leaks.  Repaired 160 feet of handrail. Tested and inspected 15 square feet of concrete.
Replaced 346 light bulbs.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 15,442 square feet of station area. Primed 32,860 square feet of station surface and painted 36,400 square feet. Replaced 109 light bulbs, washed 105 fixtures, and replaced two ballasts. Replaced 31 platform signs. Repaired 43 feet of rubbing board. Installed 15 feet of drain line. Chopped seven square feet of concrete. Repaired 20 stairway stringers.
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 comes to the E subway in Queens next week, September 28 – October 2.


Monday, September 21, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015

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