a Success On the Fourth Avenue Line
Earlier this week, MTA New York City Transit's FASTRACK maintenance program came to Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue Line with hundreds of Transit workers going into tunnels and stations to repair and replace components that are vital to safe and reliable train service, and a safe and improved station environment. These tasks ranged from changing light bulls to replacing rails.
Train service on the more than three-mile long line segment was suspended for four consecutive nights between the 36 St station in Sunset Park and the 95 St station in Bay Ridge. Repair crews took full advantage of the seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Joseph Leader, Acting Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, “Our FASTRACK program continues moving to new segments of the vast subway system. We have been able to improve the safety and reliability of subway service while also enhancing the appearance and attractiveness of stations and providing a safer work environment for maintenance crews.”
Highlights of the work completed during Fourth Avenue Line FASTRACK:
- Track – Generated 10,678 bags of debris, removed 51,900 pounds of scrap and debris, cleaned 40,360 linear feet of track, replaced 22 tie blocks, installed 594 plates, 20 sections of rails.
- Third Rail Operations - Cleared 553 defects, scraped and cleaned 17,815 feet of track under and around the third rail, inspected 7,000 feet of third rail.
- Signals – Serviced 10 switches, supported Track Department on five rail/switch maintenance jobs.
- Infrastructure – Installed/repaired 845 linear feet of no clearance signs, cleaned 820 feet of track drain, repaired/replaced 245 feet of handrail, sealed 156 leaks, removed 800 square feet of track graffiti,
- Electronic Maintenance - Inspected and tested 14 public address systems, inspected, cleaned and tested 95 public address system speakers and six
customer information screens.
- Station Environment – Replaced 29 platform signs, 412 tunnel light bulbs, 26 blue emergency light bulbs, 10 station light bulbs, repaired 885 linear feet and painted 5,600 linear feet of rubbing board, scraped 18,300 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed and painted 15,025 square feet of paintable station surface area.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK maintenance program has been highly successful in significantly reducing the time for maintenance tasks and improving the level of safety for repair crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area. While critical maintenance jobs are attended to, workers also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, jobs that are not possible to do with customers waiting on platforms for arriving trains.
The next FASTRACK will also take place in Brooklyn, on the and lines. On Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be no service between Stillwell Av and Bay Parkway and no service Between Stillwell Av and 86 St. Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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