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FASTRACK on the Broadway N subwayQ subwayR subway in Manhattan

FASTRACK — MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program — concluded a second consecutive week on the N subway Q subway R subway Broadway line in Manhattan.  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 32,840 feet of track and removed 24,763 pounds of scrap debris.  Replaced 13 rails, 1,098 track plates, 42 tie blocks, and 608 friction pads.

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Third Rail Operations Cleaned 3,360 feet under and around the third rail and addressed 311 defects.

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Infrastructure – Grouted 132 leaks.  Inspected 30 square feet of tunnel surface.  Poured 16 square feet of concrete.  Performed structural steel repairs.  Installed new drip pan.  Replaced 686 tunnel light bulbs.

Check mark Station Environment – Scraped and cleaned 28,900 square feet of station area.  Primed 20,625 square feet and painted 14,775 square feet of station surface.  Replaced eight platform signs.  Replaced 370 light bulbs and washed 234 fixtures.  Installed 73 feet of drain line.  Replaced two ADA tiles.  Chopped 57 square feet of concrete.  Installed three drip pans.
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Signals – Serviced two switches and replaced components.  Serviced four rail/switch locations and tested seven switches.  Performed other maintenance and repair work of switch and signal components.

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Electronic Maintenance – Serviced 13 CCTV cameras and seven monitors, including six cables/connections.


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.

Our next FASTRACK comes to the Q line icon Fourth Av Line in Brooklyn July 27 – 31 and August 3 – 7.


Monday, July 13, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015

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