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FASTRACK Moves Along on A C in Brooklyn

Work along A line in Brooklyn
Work along A line in Brooklyn
New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance program— returned to the A Subway Line IconC Subway Line Icon lines in Brooklyn between East New York and Downtown Brooklyn for two nights this week.  Hundreds of New York City Transit (NYCT) employees performed a range of cleaning and maintenance tasks of station and tunnel infrastructure, signal equipment, and track and third rail components.
This past Monday and Tuesday, February 10 and 11, train service was suspended as an army of workers was deployed along the tracks between Jay St-MetroTech and Broadway Junction.  Free shuttle buses and J Subway Line IconL Subway Line Icon trains provided alternate service, and C Subway Line Icon service ended early.  NYCT repair and maintenance crews took full advantage of an uninterrupted seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
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 A Subway Line IconC Subway Line Icon Line FASTRACK: 
  • Track - Generated 3,100 bags of debris and removed 2,615 bags; generated 13,300 pounds of scrap debris and removed 89,250 pounds of scrap debris; scraped and cleaned 5,360 linear feet of track; and installed 612 track tie plates and 72 friction pads. 
  • Third Rail Operations - Corrected 93 defects and scraped and cleaned 4,015 feet of track under and around the third rail. 
  • Infrastructure – Repaired/replaced 190 feet of handrail and replaced 70 feet of “No Clearance” signs.  Repaired 48 leaks and 53 feet of bench wall (the elevated walkway inside tunnels that is used by maintenance personnel, and which provides a means of evacuation during an emergency).  Replaced 205 light bulbs, cleaned 650 feet of drain line, removed 1,600 gallons of waste, and performed pump plant maintenance.
  • Station Environment - Replaced eight platform signs, 348 light bulbs, and lighting fixture ballast. Scraped 14,400 square feet of station wall and primed 500 square feet of wall.  Repaired two drains and 360 feet of rubbing board (the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge).
  • Signals – Tested and serviced two switches and 19 signals.
  • Electronic Maintenance – Performed maintenance of six CCTV cameras and nine monitors. 

The FASTRACK program, which began in 2012, shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over 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 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 overnight closure will take place February 24 - 28 on the F line between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  There will be no service at B’way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway, and York St in both directions.