on the Queens Boulevard Line
Monday, June 3, 2013
Our intense maintenance initiative—FASTRACK—returned to the borough of Queens last night. The Queens Boulevard Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m suspending service on the between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center and on the line between Roosevelt Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge. Service on the and ended early in Queens. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next three weeknights 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
Highlights from last night’s maintenance effort included scraping 6,260 linear feet of track bed, removing 4,780 bags (27,000 pounds) of scrap and debris and repairing 28 leaks. In addition, work teams corrected 73 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 5,850 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail and inspected 6,600 linear feet of third rail. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure was also on the work schedule as crews repaired or replaced 100 feet of handrail, cleaned 500 feet of track drain line and repaired 45 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.
Work to enhance the customer experience and employee and customer safety was completed as workers replaced 60 tunnel light bulbs, four blue emergency light bulbs, 11 platform signs and three fire extinguishers. Maintenance workers also scraped 1,200 square feet of paintable surface area and primed 4,000 square feet. With a goal of making sure customers on station platforms can be informed of train service information and other events, crews serviced and tested public address and customer information screen systems at two stations and cleaned, serviced and tested 434 public address system speakers. In addition, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment received attention as the picture was optimized on four monitors and one camera.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experiences a significantly 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 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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