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FASTRACK a Success on the N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway Broadway Line in Manhattan


FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — returned to the N subway Q subway R subway Broadway line in Manhattan for the first of two consecutive weeks. Hundreds of New York City Transit employees performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.

Subway service along the 7.3-mile-long line segment was suspended from 10 PM each night until 5 AM the next morning. N subway trains ran in Brooklyn and Queens only, Q subway trains in Manhattan were rerouted via the D subway 6 Av line, and R subway service ended early. 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 7 subway between Queens and Manhattan.

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 for our customers."

Highlights of the work completed during the Broadway Line FASTRACK:

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Track – Cleaned 31,493 feet of track and removed 47,000 pounds of scrap debris. Replaced 10 rails, 906 track plates, 32 tie blocks, and 860 friction pads.

Check mark Third Rail Operations – Cleaned 4,010 feet of track under and around the third rail and addressed 480 defects.
Check mark Infrastructure – Grouted 89 leaks. Performed repairs to 268 feet of benchwall, 360 feet of handrail, and structural steel. Inspected 95 square feet of concrete. Replaced 735 tunnel light bulbs.
Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 8,675 square feet of station area. Primed 22,975 square feet and painted 27,530 square feet of station surface. Repaired 45 feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Replaced 28 platform signs. Replaced 1,480 station light bulbs, washed 974 fixtures, and replaced six ballasts. Installed 100 feet of drain line. Replaced four ADA tiles. Chopped 23 square feet of concrete.
Check mark Signals – Performed maintenance and repair work of signal components
Check mark Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 21 CCTV cameras and 17 monitors, as well as DVR equipment.


The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive nights, 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 train 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.

FASTRACK continues on Broadway N subway Q subway R subway July 13 – 17.


Monday, July 6, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015

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