a Success on the Broadway Line
FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's (NYCT) aggressive maintenance program — returned to the Broadway line in Manhattan from March 3 to 7. The suspension of service allowed hundreds of NYCT employees seven hours of uninterrupted access to station and tunnel infrastructure, signal and security equipment, and track and third rail components, where they performed a wide range of cleaning and maintenance tasks.
Each evening, starting 10 PM and ending 5 AM the following morning, prior to the morning rush, train service was suspended along the 7.3-mile long line segment. trains ran in Brooklyn and Queens only, service ended early in Manhattan and Queens, and trains were rerouted via the 6 Av line. Alternate service was available at nearby stations on the 8 Av, 7 Av, 6 Av, and Lexington Av corridors. Customers were able to travel to and from Manhattan by transferring to other lines at Queensboro Plaza, 5 Av/42 St-Bryant Pk, Jay St-MetroTech, and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, and by taking the between Queens and Manhattan.
Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "The FASTRACK program has been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that operates around the clock, providing a safer and more productive work environment for employees while improving train service reliability and station appearance for our customers."
Highlights of the work completed during the Broadway Line FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 52,650 pounds of scrap debris in 4,702 bags; removed 154,150 pounds of scrap debris in 8,961 bags; scraped 43,619 feet of track and inspected 27,950 feet; and installed 20 track rails, 658 track plates, 117 tie blocks, and 85 friction pads.
- Third Rail Operations - Corrected 559 defects and cleaned 24,945 feet of track under and around the third rail.
- Infrastructure – Repaired/replaced 205 feet of handrail and repaired 99 leaks; cleaned 800 feet of drain line; and replaced 1,030 light bulbs.
- Station Environment - Scraped 9,050 square feet of station wall, primed 10,070 square feet, and painted 26,740 square feet. Repairs were performed on 960 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge, while another 3,210 feet was painted. Station lighting improvements consisted of cleaning 149 lighting fixtures and replacing 20 fluorescent light fixture ballasts and 1,242 light bulbs. Also replaced 16 platform signs and repaired 400 feet of water line.
- Signals – Serviced 10 signals and tested 40, while four switches were serviced and 12 tested. Four switch components were replaced. Other maintenance work was performed on signal components and equipment, and crews performed 70 First-of-the-Month Inspections.
- Power Substation – Maintenance tasks included substation cleaning, rectifier controls, and ground protection.
- Electronic Maintenance – Performed maintenance of 27 closed-circuit television cameras and 16 monitors. Repaired and/or serviced 259 public address (PA) speakers, 23 PA/customer information systems, one microphone, two security digital video recorders, and two PA microphone consoles.
The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over four consecutive weeknights or weekend days, 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 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.
Our next overnight FASTRACK closure will take place March 10 – 14 on the 6 Av Line in Manhattan. There will be no service in both directions at the14 St, 23 St, 34 St-Herald Sq, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 47-50 Sts, and 57 St 6 Av stations in Manhattan.
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