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a Success On theN line iconQ line icon R line icon Broadway Line

Earlier this week MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program returned to the
 N line iconQ line icon R line icon Broadway Line with hundreds of Transit workers going into subway tunnels and stations under the Great White Way to repair and replace items ranging from blown light bulbs 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 fourth 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 has been great.  We are able to do preventative maintenance and repair work more efficiently, employees have a better work environment and customers have stations that are more attractive and in better condition.”

Highlights of the work completed during the Central Park West FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 6,600 bags of debris, removed 65,000 pounds of scrap and debris, cleaned 47,465 linear feet of track, replaced 37 tie blocks and installed 500 plates and 58 sections of rails.

  • Third Rail Operations - cleared 928 defects and scraped and cleaned 16,190 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Signals - Serviced and tested four switches and 33 signals and supported Track Department on 21 rail/switch maintenance jobs.

  • Infrastructure - Installed/repaired 240 linear feet of “no clearance’’ signs, repaired/replaced 305 linear feet of no handrail, cleaned 3,505 feet of track drain, inspected 18,350 linear feet of subway structure and replaced 321 tunnel light bulbs.

  • Electronics Maintenance - Optimized picture on 30 monitors and 40 cameras, inspected and tested one digital video recorder.

  • Station Environment - Replaced 213 station light bulbs, 30 platform signs, repaired/replaced 19 square feet of platform tile, repaired 106 linear feet of rubbing board (the fiberglass extension of the platform edge), scraped 26,590 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed 21,000 square feet and painted 16,600 square feet.

  • Elevators & Escalators - Performed preventative maintenance on six units, repaired 20 units, cleaned and lubricated four units.

  • The next FASTRACK will take place in Brooklyn this weekend on the D line icon and N line icon lines. On Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., there will be no D line icon service between Stillwell Av and Bay Parkway and noN line icon service between Stillwell Av and 86 St.

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


    Monday September 30, 2013
    Tuesday October 1, 2013
    Wednesday October 2, 2013


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