on the Grand Concourse Line
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
For the second consecutive night, hundreds of subway maintenance workers descended on the Bronx as MTA New York City Transit's FASTRACK program continued along the line between the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station and the 205 St station. The five-mile long Grand Concourse Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m suspending service in both directions. This FASTRACK line closure continues for the next two nights and concludes early Friday morning, April 12.
Suspending all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, gives maintenance workers the opportunity to perform numerous tasks 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—a system that runs 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
With no trains running along the almost eight-decade old Grand Concourse Line, 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 not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change light bulbs, and repair platform edges. Work crews were also able to perform 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 32 signals, testing 38 signals and inspecting an interlocking, the arrangement of signals and switches that allow trains to move from one track to another. In addition, maintenance personnel corrected 173 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 1,020 feet of track under and around the third rail, installed seven sections of track, 15 tie blocks, 108 friction pads, and 300 track tie plates.
With the objective of making the station environment safer for customers and employees while enhancing its appearance, workers replaced six tunnel light bulbs and 20 platform signs, cleaned two station drains and repaired 160 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Also, 6,900 square feet of paintable surface was scrapped and 5,550 square feet was primed and painted. Closed Circuit Television systems received attention as the picture was optimized on six monitors and 13 cameras.
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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