on the Grand Concourse Line
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's intensive maintenance program continued its third night along the line in the Bronx 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 segment shutdown continues tonight and concludes at 5 am Friday morning, April 12.
With all train service suspended on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, maintenance workers can work on 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—a system that runs 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
When trains were not running on the Grand Concourse Line, which opened in 1931, 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 that 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 effort include servicing 11 signals and two switches, and inspecting an interlocking, the arrangement of signals and switches that allow trains to move from one track to another. Keeping the tracks in good condition is critical as work crews replaced 11 sections of track, 40 friction pads, four tie blocks and 246 tie plates. Maintenance workers also corrected 152 third rail defects, inspected 17,000 feet of third rail and scraped and cleaned 1,935 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintaining the physical infrastructure is vital as maintenance personnel cleaned 700 feet of track drain and 525 feet of “no clearance” signs, repaired or replaced 20 linear feet of handrail and sealed 46 leaks.
With an eye toward improving employee and customer safety, customer convenience and the appearance of the subway station environment, work crews replaced 20 tunnel light bulbs and 19 station platform signs, repaired 25 square feet of damaged concrete and 110 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. In addition, 8,875 square feet of paintable surface was scraped and 4,475 square feet was primed and painted. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems received attention as the picture was optimized on 12 monitors and 19 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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