on the Queens Boulevard Line
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
MTA New York City Transit’s aggressive FASTRACK maintenance program 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. and this FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights 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 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 10,995 linear feet of track bed, removing 3,645 bags (36,500 pounds) of scrap and debris and repairing 20 leaks. In addition, work teams corrected 153 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 1,890 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail, replaced six sections of track, 38 tie blocks and 335 tie plates. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure was also on the work schedule as crews repaired or replaced 105 feet of handrail, and cleaned 750 feet of track drain line.
Work to enhance the customer experience and employee and customer safety was completed as workers replaced 14 platform signs, scraped 4,300 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 1,000 square feet and painted 10,000 square feet, one stairway coping, and one street railing. Street railing is usually painted green and surrounds the station entrance/exit stairway and stairway coping is the concrete base below the street railing and is usually painted black. Work teams also painted 285 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge and performed escalator and elevator maintenance work. In addition, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment received attention as preventative maintenance work was performed on five monitors and 15 cameras.
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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