on the Queens Boulevard Line
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
MTA New York City Transit’s wide-ranging maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night on the bustling Queens Boulevard Line from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. During this time, service was suspended in both directions at five local stations – 36 St, Steinway St, 46 St, Northern Blvd and 65 St. and trains ran express in both directions between Roosevelt Av and Queens Plaza and service ended early in Queens. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, August 16.
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 local tracks on the 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 included correcting 54 third rail defects, and scraping and cleaning 3,245 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail. Maintenance personnel also replaced 78 linear feet of rail, 24 track tie blocks and 209 track tie plates.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure continued as workers cleaned 300 linear feet of track drain, repairing or replacing 100 linear feet of handrail and replacing 36 square feet of ventilation grating. Workers also scraped 5,810 linear feet of track bed, and removed 2,330 bags (17,300 pounds) of scrap and debris
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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