Wednesday, May 8, 2013
For the third consecutive night, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program operated along the tracks of the Fourth Avenue Line in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The three-mile long line segment was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m suspending service in both directions between the 36 St station and the 95 St station. This FASTRACK shutdown continues tonight and ends at 5 am Friday morning, May 10.
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 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 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 and repair work include servicing two switches and nine signals, correcting 142 third rail defects and scraping and cleaning 2,555 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Keeping the tracks in good condition is critical to this maintenance effort as crews installed nine new sections of track, 247 track tie plates, eight tie blocks and removed 2,805 bags (18,100 pounds) of scrap and debris from the track bed. Repairs to the subway’s physical infrastructure also took place as workers repaired or replaced 70 linear feet of handrail, installed or replaced and cleaned 600 feet of “no clearance” signs and fixed 65 leaks.
Work to make the station environment experience safer, more attractive and pleasing for customers was also performed last night as crews replaced 20 tunnel light bulbs, repaired 340 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Maintenance crews also scraped 3,700 square feet of paintable surface area and primed and painted 4,400 square feet.
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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