on the Queens Boulevard Line
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's ambitious maintenance initiative—continued its third night along the Queens Boulevard Line. The six mile-long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. with 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 and Manhattan. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and concludes at 5 a.m. 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 transportation system.
With no trains running along the normally bustling Queens Boulevard Line, which opened in 1933, 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
Important achievements from last night’s maintenance agenda include correcting 154 third rail defects, scraping and cleaning 1,112 linear feet of track under and around the third rail, replacing three sections of track, 38 tie blocks and 410 tie plates. Work crews also cleaned 450 linear feet of track drain, replaced 31 tunnel light bulbs, and repaired 22 leaks and 10 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Keeping the subway’s physical structure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is also vital to safe and reliable subway service as workers scraped 17,215 linear feet of track, removed 8,127 bags (31,900 pounds) of scrap and debris and inspected 5,770 linear feet of subway structure.
With a focus on customer and employee safety as well as improving the station environment, workers replaced five station light bulbs, scraped 4,700 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 2,800 square feet and painted 6,400 square feet. In addition, technicians serviced 14 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and 16 cameras. Three public address system speakers were serviced and preventative maintenance work was performed on escalators and elevators.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experienced a dramatically lower employee accident rate. During last year’s FASTRACK work, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during all other maintenance activities. 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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