on the Central Park West Line
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
FASTRACK wrapped up its third night at stations and along the tracks of the Central Park West portion of the Eighth Avenue Line. The 7.4 mile-long section was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St on the and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the . This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and concludes at 5 a.m. Friday morning, September 20.
With all train service suspended on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, maintenance workers have an opportunity to perform numerous repair and maintenance tasks on or near the tracks without having to stop work every few minutes while a train moves through the area. This is a better work environment for employees and a far more efficient way to maintain and clean North America's largest rail transportation system.
When trains were not running on the Central Park West Line between Midtown and Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, 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. We also performed high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Important achievements from last night's maintenance agenda included servicing five switches, servicing and testing 36 signals, replacing seven sections of track, 63 track tie blocks, 457 track tie plates and scraping and cleaning 8,805 linear feet of track bed. Work teams also removed 3,961 bags (33,200 pounds) of scrap and debris, fixed 64 third rail defects and cleaned 1,680 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. In addition, maintenance workers repaired or replaced 137 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 950 feet of track drain, installed or replaced 32 feet of “no clearance” signs and fixed 30 leaks.
With a focus on customer and employee safety and having stations that are attractive and clean, workers replaced 137 tunnel light bulbs, 118 station light bulbs, eight platform signs, and repaired 10 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Maintenance crews also scraped 6,325 square feet of paintable surface, primed 2,100 feet and painted 9,125 square feet, three stairway copings and K-A rails. K-A rail is the street level railing, usually painted green, that surrounds the station entrance/exit stairway and stairway coping is the concrete base below the K-A rail, usually painted black. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was included in the maintenance effort as 12 monitors and 11 cameras were serviced.
Since its introduction in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment has resulted in a considerably lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK events last year, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 for 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 you can depend on to get you to where you need to go when you need to get there - requires regularly scheduled maintenance to the critical components you 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%. FASTRACK is improving employee safety and service reliability.
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