Monday, April 15, 2013
MTA New York City Transit’s intensive repair and maintenance program—FASTRACK—made a return engagement on the Great White Way last night. The seven and a quarter-mile long Broadway Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m this morning, and will shut down for the next three nights through early Friday morning resulting in no train service
at stations in Manhattan in both directions.
Suspending all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours gives maintenance workers the chance to perform many tasks on or near the tracks without having to stop work every few minutes while a train moves through the area. This is a safer and more efficient way to maintain and clean the largest and busiest rail transportation system in North America—a system that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With train service suspended on the more than 83-year old Broadway Line, 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, paint areas that are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews had an opportunity to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges. Workers were also able to do high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Key achievements from last night’s maintenance blitz include servicing and testing seven signals and one switch, replacing two track relays and three switch components, scraping 3,730 linear feet of track, and removing 4,783 bags (12,200 pounds) of scrap and debris. Making repairs to the subway’s physical infrastructure is also imperative as crews cleaned 1,000 feet of track drain, replaced or installed 400 feet of “no clearance” signs and repaired 20 leaks and 20 feet of benchwall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel and provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency. Workers also replaced 350 tunnel light bulbs, and 20 blue emergency light bulbs.
Making the station environment safer, more attractive and pleasing for customers is a top priority as work crews replaced six platform signs and 91 station light bulbs, repaired or replaced 13 square feet of platform tiles and repaired 500 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Workers also scraped 4,700 square feet of paintable area and primed and painted 2,700 square feet. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment also received attention as the picture was optimized on four monitors and 13 cameras. Three public address systems were inspected and tested, and 244 public address system speakers were inspected, cleaned, and tested.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in January 2012, experienced a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK operations, 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 our customers depend on to get them where they need to go—requires regularly scheduled maintenance to the critical components they 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%. Overall, FASTRACK is improving employee safety and service reliability.
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