Wednesday, April 17, 2013
For the third consecutive night, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program operated along the Great White Way. The more than seven-mile long Broadway Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m suspending service in both directions at
stations in Manhattan. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and ends at 5 am Friday morning, April 19.
With all train service stopped on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, maintenance workers have an opportunity to perform numerous 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 repair and clean North America’s largest rail transportation system. Like New York City, the subway never sleeps.
While trains were not running 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 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. Work crews also performed high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Major achievements from last night’s maintenance work include servicing nine switches and ten signals, testing nine switches, inspecting 6,235 linear feet of third rail, and scraping and cleaning 2,050 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintenance crews also corrected 257 third rail defects, and removed 6,933 bags (22,200 pounds) of scrap and debris from the track bed.
Work to make the station environment safer, more attractive and pleasing for customers was also performed last night as crews replaced 615 tunnel light bulbs, 14 blue (emergency) light bulbs, repaired or replaced eight square feet of platform tile, scraped 6,000 square feet of paintable surface, and primed and painted 4,500 square feet. Preventative maintenance was also performed on elevators, escalators and a station public address system.
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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