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a Success on the F line iconSixth Avenue Line


Over the course of four nights this week, as part of our FASTRACK maintenance and repair program, hundreds of NYC Transit employees performed tasks along a  3.3-mile segment of the F line icon line between Downtown Brooklyn and Greenwich Village. The work included repair and replacement of track components, track cleaning and replacing light bulbs. This was the 29th and final FASTRACK effort for 2013.

Debuting in January 2012, FASTRACK targets subway lines in segments for comprehensive maintenance, cleaning and repair.  It has been highly successful in considerably reducing the time for maintenance and repair tasks while improving the level of safety for work crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area.  In addition to addressing important maintenance activities, work crews also have the chance to perform such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, chores that are impossible to accomplish while customers and trains are moving through the area.

Beginning last Monday, December 2, an army of workers was deployed along both tracks of the F line icon Sixth Avenue Line between Jay St-MetroTech and W 4 St as train service was rerouted via the A line icon line for four consecutive nights. Once again, NYC Transit 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: "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."

Highlights of the work completed during Sixth Avenue Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 9,614 bags of debris, removed 51,000 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 27,870 linear feet of track, and replaced six tie blocks, six sections of track and 1,125 track tie plates. Generated 33,400 pounds of track scrap debris,

  • Third Rail Operations - Corrected 296 defects and scraped and cleaned 11,015 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Signals - Serviced 12 signals, tested 102 signals, and performed maintenance at six rail/switch locations.

  • Infrastructure - Replaced 110 feet of handrail and 627 tunnel light bulbs.  Repaired 49 leaks, 60 square feet of damaged concrete, 45 feet of drain line and 35 feet of bench wall, an elevated walkway inside tunnels.  A bench wall is used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for customers and employees to exit the subway during an emergency.

  • Station Environment - Scraped 5,100 square feet of paintable surface, primed 6,600 square feet, and painted 7,800 square feet.  Replaced 33 station light bulbs, 42 platform signs and repaired/replaced 24 square feet of platform tiles.  Repaired 285 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.


In 2014, FASTRACK is expanding and will include new subway corridors. Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.

Monday, December 2, 2013

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