Tuesday, May 7, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's intensive maintenance and repair program—continued its second night on the Fourth Avenue Line resulting in no trains at stations in South Brooklyn between the 36 St and the 95 St stations. The three-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, May 10.
Suspending 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 train service suspended on the Fourth Avenue 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 five switches, installing three sections of track, five track tie blocks, 119 track tie plates, and cleaning 9,015 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails. Maintenance crews also corrected 46 third rail defects and scraped and cleaned 1,210 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure and clearing the track of debris continued as workers repaired 57 leaks, installed or replaced 175 feet of “no clearance” signs, cleaned 550 linear feet of track drain and repaired 15 square feet of damaged concrete. In addition, work crews repaired or replaced 85 linear feet of handrail and removed 2,621 bags (13,000 pounds) of scrap and debris from the track bed.
With a focus on customer and employee safety and enhancing the appearance of subway stations, workers replaced seven platform signs, 220 tunnel light bulbs, ten blue emergency light bulbs, and repaired 130 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Maintenance crews also repaired or replaced 85 feet of handrail, scraped 5,100 square feet of paintable surface area and primed and painted 2,600 square feet. With a goal of making sure customers on station platforms can be informed of train service information and other events, crews serviced four public address systems, inspected, cleaned and tested 95 public address system speakers and six customer information screens.
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, May 6, 2013
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