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a Success On the 4 line icon Line

Over the course of two nights this week, as part of our FASTRACK maintenance and repair program, hundreds of New York City Transit (NYCT) employees performed tasks along a segment of the 4 line icon line between Bedford-Stuyvesant and Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. The work included cleaning and maintenance of station infrastructure elements, replacement of signs, repair and replacement of track components, track cleaning, and replacing light bulbs. This was the first FASTRACK effort for 2014.

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 this past Wednesday, January 8, an army of workers was deployed along the tracks between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn St while G service was replaced by free shuttle buses and F trains. Once again, NYCT 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 the G Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 3,201 bags of debris, removed 43,250 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 7,260 linear feet of track, inspected 6,500 linear feet of track, and installed 154 track tie plates. Generated 9,250 pounds of track scrap debris.

  • Third Rail Operations - Corrected 94 defects and scraped and cleaned 4,950 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Infrastructure - Replaced 73 feet of handrail and 264 light bulbs.  Repaired 48 leaks, cleaned 200 feet of drain line, performed maintenance in a pump plant and removed 800 gallons of waste from a pump room, and repaired 150 feet of bench wall, an elevated walkway inside tunnels used by maintenance personnel that also provides a means for customers and employees to exit the subway during an emergency.

  • Electronic Maintenance – Performed maintenance on 8 cameras and 6 monitors.

  • Station Environment - Replaced 32 platform signs.

    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


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