FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's sweeping maintenance program—continued its second night on the Broadway Line resulting in no trains at stations in Manhattan. The more than seven-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions under the Great White Way. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning,
Stopping all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours gives subway repair crews the opportunity to perform many jobs 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 nation’s largest rail transportation system.
With no train service on the 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
Significant accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort include servicing and testing four signals and six switches and replacing two switch components and two signal components. Track maintenance projects consisted of installing nine sections of track, 13 track tie blocks, 326 track tie plates, and cleaning 2,880 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure and clearing the track of debris continued as workers repaired 18 leaks, installed 180 feet of “no clearance” signs, cleaned 1,350 linear feet of track drain and repaired 100 square feet of benchwall. A benchwall is 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. In addition, work crews removed 6,266 bags (30,300 pounds) of scrap and debris.
With a focus on customer and employee safety, workers replaced 453 tunnel light bulbs, 16 blue emergency light bulbs and 25 station light bulbs, and repaired 180 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. An additional 1,500 feet of rubbing board was painted. Maintenance crews also repaired or replaced 16 square feet of platform tile, scraped 2,600 square feet of paintable surface area and primed and painted 5, 000 square feet.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was also serviced as workers optimized the picture on seven cameras and two monitors. Crews also performed preventative maintenance on elevators and escalators, serviced and tested two public address systems, and inspected, cleaned and tested 142 public address system speakers.
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.
Monday, April 15, 2013
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