on the Queens Boulevard Line
Monday, October 14, 2013
Our intense maintenance initiative called FASTRACK returned to Queens last night. The Queens Boulevard Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. with service suspended on the between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center and on the between Roosevelt Avenue and 21 St-Queensbridge. Service on the and ended early in Queens. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next three weeknights through early Friday morning, October 18.
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 and subway 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 scraping 14,605 linear feet of track bed, removing 1,883 bags (27,500 pounds) of scrap and debris and repairing eight leaks. Work crews also corrected 106 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 2,160 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail and replaced four sections of rail, 312 tie plates and 19 tie blocks.
To enhance customer and employee safety as well as improving the station environment, work crews replaced 12 platform edge signs, scraped 6,500 square feet of paintable surface, primed 2,000 square feet, and painted 4,000 square feet. Workers also repaired 160 linear feet of rubbing board – the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. In addition, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and people moving equipment was part of the maintenance blitz as four cameras, one monitor and escalators and elevators were serviced.
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.
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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