on the Central Park West Line
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
MTA New York City Transit's comprehensive maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 207 St on the and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the
. The 8.77-mile long section of the subway was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions so that crews could perform a variety of tasks at stations and along the tracks between Midtown, Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, November 22.
Stopping all train service on a subway line segment, on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, gives maintenance crews the opportunity to perform their work assignments on or near the tracks without having to stop work to accommodate frequent train moves through the area. This is a better work environment for employees and a far more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest rail transportation system.
With no trains running along the more than 80-year Eighth Avenue Line, an army 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. High-intensity station cleaning was also performed, providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievements by the numbers
Noteworthy accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort included installing nine sections of track, 42 track tie blocks, 214 friction pads and 347 track tie plates. Maintaining the physical structure of the subway and keeping the train control system in good operating condition continued as workers repaired 24 leaks, repaired or replaced 20 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 550 linear feet of track drain, and serviced and tested five switches and 49 signals. Keeping the tracks clear and free of debris was also on last night’s agenda as workers removed 6,270 bags (49,600 pounds) of scrap and debris and cleaned 5,190 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails.
To enhance customer and employee safety and improve station aesthetics, work crews replaced four station light bulbs, 290 tunnel light bulbs, nine platform signs and replaced 30 square feet of sidewalk ventilation grating. In addition, maintenance personnel installed 11 linear feet of platform drain line and repaired seven square feet of damaged concrete and 80 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Work teams also scraped 3,800 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 5,000 square feet and painted 6,500 square feet. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was included in the maintenance blitz as ten monitors and nine 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.
Accomplishments:Monday, November 18, 2013
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