on the Queens Boulevard Line
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
MTA New York City Transit’s wide-ranging maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night on the busy Queens Boulevard Line resulting in no service on the between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center, and on the between Roosevelt Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge. Service on the and ended early in Queens. The six-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, June 7.
Suspending all train service on a subway line segment, on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, gives maintenance crews the chance to perform many 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 the nation’s largest rail transportation system.
With no trains running along the normally bustling Queens Boulevard Line, 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. Maintenance crews were also able to clear the track-bed of debris and paint areas that are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition to high-intensity station cleaning, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance activity include servicing and testing six signals, cleaning 1,100 linear feet of track drain, scraping 11,700 linear feet of track bed, removing 3,700 bags (34,000 pounds) of scrap and debris and repairing 18 leaks. Work crews also corrected 146 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 7,570 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail and repaired 20 feet of bench wall—an elevated walkway inside tunnels. A bench wall is used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure continued as workers inspected 7,400 linear feet of subway structure and made repairs to structural steel and 50 square feet of concrete. In addition, crews repaired or replaced 120 linear feet of handrail, installed or replaced 60 feet of “no clearance” signs and cleaned an additional 320 feet of “no clearance” signs.
To enhance customer and employee safety as well as improving the station environment, work crews replaced two tunnel lights bulbs, 12 platform edge signs, scraped 1,000 square feet of paintable surface, primed 4,600 square feet, and painted 1,800 square feet. To ensure customers can receive broadcast messages of service changes or other issues, maintenance crews inspected and tested the public address system at 33 locations, serviced 350 public address system speakers and 26 customer information screens. In addition, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was part of the maintenance blitz as one camera and four monitors were serviced. Preventative maintenance was also performed on elevators and escalators.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment experienced a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK episodes last year, 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 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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