on the Lexington Avenue Line
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Photo Courtesy: NYC Transit/ Marc A. Hermann
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's intensive subway maintenance initiative continued its third of four nights underground on Manhattan’s East Side. The fix up and repair effort was in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in tunnels and stations along the local tracks of the Lexington Avenue Line between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St. During the closure, service runs local in both directions and service ends early. This line segment shutdown happens again tonight and concludes at 5 a.m. Friday morning, November 1.
This FASTRACK allows us to take advantage of the bi-level track arrangement on the Lexington Avenue Line. The section between 45 St and 100 St is on two levels. Normally, local trains operate on the upper level and express trains operate on the lower level. With train operation limited to the upper level, maintenance crews have a train-free work area. This service change is also less disruptive to customers’ regular travel patterns. Train service on the Lexington Avenue Line continues to run, although there is only local service.
Hundreds 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. We also performed high-intensity station cleaning, providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Highlights from last night include installing four sections of track, 17 tie blocks, and 290 track tie plates. Keeping the subway’s physical structure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is key to a sound operation as workers scraped 8,685 linear feet of track and removed 1,800 bags (12,000 pounds) of scrap and debris. Crews also corrected 79 third rail defects, and scraped and cleaned 5,995 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Thirty-six leaks were fixed and workers replaced 166 light bulbs.
With an eye on customer and employee safety and improving the appearance of the station environment, work crews repaired or replaced 32 square feet of floor tile, scraped 2,100 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 4,600 square feet and painted 3,000 square feet. In addition workers performed preventative maintenance on escalators and elevators, serviced four Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and repaired eight linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.
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 his/her 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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