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Maiden Appearance On An Elevated Line, During Daytime Hours and On the Weekend
Our FASTRACK intensive maintenance program came to an elevated line in southern Brooklyn this weekend, and it was the first time NYC Transit performed this critical work during the daytime. During this two day shutdown, there was no service between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Bay Parkway on the line and 86 St on line from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21. Work accomplished during the closure included tasks ranging from hanging wire baskets to keep debris from falling to the street below to replacing rail.
Joseph Leader, Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer for the Department of Subways said, “For employee safety reasons, all work on outdoor and elevated structures is scheduled during daylight hours. FASTRACK has proven to be a success in terms of employee safety and we were able to continue that success here in Brooklyn. FASTRACK is a winner.”
Major achievements from the weekend’s maintenance work include servicing two switches and eight signals and installing various switch components at the Bay 50 St interlocking, the arrangement of signals and switches that allow trains to move from one track to another. Work crews also replaced rails and welded several frogs, a switch component that permits the wheels on one rail of a track to cross to an intersecting rail.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK maintenance program targets subway lines in segments. Repair crews no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area and are 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.
The next FASTRACK will take place in Brooklyn beginning Monday, May 6, as this repair and maintenance effort comes to the Fourth Avenue Line. The Fourth Avenue Line will be shut down between the 36 St station and the 95 St station from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, May 6 to early Friday morning, May 10. The Shuttle will be suspended and trains will be rerouted via the in both directions between Stillwell Av and 36 St. Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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