Skip to main content
To homepage

a Success on theN line iconQ line iconR line iconBroadway Line

Earlier this week MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program returned to the
N line iconQ line iconR line icon Broadway Line with hundreds of Transit workers going into tunnels and stations to repair and replace items ranging from water leaks to worn rails.

Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK program targets subway lines in segments and has been highly successful in significantly reducing the time for maintenance tasks while improving the level of safety for repair crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area.  In addition to addressing critical maintenance, workers also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, tasks that are impossible to do with customers waiting for trains.

Beginning last Monday, for the third time this year, an army of workers were deployed along the more than seven-mile long line as train service was suspended on four consecutive nights at  N line iconQ line iconR line icon  stations in Manhattan.  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 is a winner.  We are able to do preventative maintenance and repair work more efficiently and employees have a safer work environment.” 

Highlights of the work completed during Broadway Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 11,703 bags of debris, removed 166,300 pounds of scrap and debris, cleaned 67,645 linear feet of track, replaced six tie blocks, installed 787 plates, 18 sections of rails.

  • Third Rail Operations - cleared 1,255 defects, scraped and cleaned 6,905 feet of track under and around the third rail, inspected 11,150 feet of third rail.

  • Signals - Serviced 25 switches, 44 signals, tested 44 signals, 31 switches, supported Track Department on ten rail/switch maintenance jobs.

  • Infrastructure - Installed/repaired 405 linear feet of “no clearance” signs, repaired/replaced 80 linear feet of no handrail, cleaned 2,650 feet of track drain, repaired 25 feet of bench wall, sealed 178 leaks,

  • Electronics Maintenance - Optimized picture on 18 monitors and 64 cameras, inspected and tested 28 public address systems, inspected and tested ten customer information screens, inspected, cleaned and tested 505 public address system speakers.

  • Station Environment - Replaced 820 tunnel light bulbs, 48 blue emergency light bulbs, scraped 15,400 square feet of paintable station surface area, painted 22,250 square feet of paintable station surface area, high-intensity cleaned one station.

  • Elevators & Escalators- Performed preventative maintenance on two units, repaired 18 units, cleaned and lubricated one unit.

The next FASTRACK will take place in the Bronx beginning Monday, July 15, on the Grand Concourse Line. The D line line will be shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, July 15 to early Friday morning, July 19. There will be no train service between the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station and the 205 St station.  Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.

Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.


Monday June 17, 2013

Tuesday June 18, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


  • Google Translate