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a Success on the F subway Line


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — came to the F subway line for the second of two consecutive weeks of overnight work between Greenwich Village in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. Service was suspended between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech from 10 PM (11:30 PM Monday night) to 5 AM each night.  F subway trains were rerouted via the A subway line and free shuttle buses and the D subway and J subway trains provided alternate service.

NYC Transit workers took advantage of the train-free access to perform a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

Wynton Habersham, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "FASTRACK has proven to have a significant impact on decreasing delays – both in terms of consolidating maintenance forces in a concentrated area and in terms of proactive maintenance that improves service delivery.”


Highlights of the work completed during the second week of the F subway Line FASTRACK:

  • Track – Replaced two rails, 590 plates, 21
    tie blocks, and 865 friction pads.  Removed 151,700 pounds of scrap debris.

  • Third Rail Operations Cleaned 570 feet under and around the third rail and corrected 16 defects.

  • Infrastructure – Cleaned 500 feet of center trough drains and five muck drains.

  • Station Environment Scraped and cleaned 5,500 square feet of station area.  Primed 7,300 square feet of station surface.  Painted 19,020 square feet of station surface, including 3,020 feet of rubbing board.  Replaced 133 light bulbs and 11 ballasts. Replaced 35 ADA tiles. Repaired 58 steps and risers.

  • Signals – Completed various signal equipment repairs.

  • Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 10 CCTV cameras.



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.

This is the final scheduled FASTRACK of 2016.  FASTRACK will return in 2017.



Monday, October 31, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016


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