on the Lexington Avenue Line
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
MTA New York City Transit's FASTRACK maintenance program continued its second night on the Lexington Avenue Line. To facilitate this important initiative, and service ran express in both directions between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St and service ended early. Local service on this four-mile long line segment was suspended in both directions from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. The service change continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, September 13.
Stopping all train service for seven continuous hours on four consecutive nights gives work crews a significant uninterrupted block of time to perform many tasks on or near the tracks without having to stop work every few minutes for train movements. The section of the Lexington Avenue Line between the 51 St station and the 96 St station has tracks on two levels. Local trains operate on the upper level and express trains operate on the lower level. With local and express tracks on separate levels, maintenance crews have a safe work environment and there is less inconvenience for customers as train service on the Lexington Avenue Line continues to run, albeit only serving express stations.
During the service change between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St, a large contingent of maintenance workers were able to inspect signals and switches, repair and replace track rails and cross ties, clean track floors, perform elevator and escalator repair work, repair water damage, clear drains, and clean stations. They were also able to clear the track bed of debris, and paint areas untouched in years, because they are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges. High-intensity station cleaning was also performed providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort included installing nine track tie blocks, 279 track tie plates and cleaning 800 linear feet of track drain. Workers also scraped 10,730 linear feet of track, removed 1,490 bags (12,600 pounds) of scrap and debris, corrected 104 third rail defects and scraped and cleaned 1,520 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail. In addition, crews serviced and tested two track switches and 17 signals, fixed 21 leaks and repaired or replaced 100 feet of handrail.
To improve customer and employee safety as well as to enhance the station environment, maintenance crews replaced station light bulbs, 350 tunnel light bulbs, repaired or replaced 16 square feet of floor tile, scraped 1,950 square feet of station platform and repaired 80 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Workers crews also primed 800 square feet of paintable surface and painted 2,325 square feet and 11 stairway copings and K-A rails. K-A rail is the street level railing, usually painted green, that surrounds the station entrance/exit stairway and stairway coping is the concrete base below the K-A rail. Stairway coping is usually painted black. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was included in the maintenance effort as six monitors and six cameras were serviced.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experiences a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK events last year, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during all other operations. An LTA is a job-related incident that results in the inability of an employee to perform their duties for at least one working day beyond the day of the incident
How this Impacts Service
Reliable service - service you can depend on to get you to where you need to go when you need to get there - requires regularly scheduled maintenance to the critical components you never see. FASTRACK is having a positive impact on service reliability as train delays on subway lines that have undergone FASTRACK maintenance have dropped 4.4% and track fires have declined by 50%. FASTRACK is improving employee safety and service reliability.
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