A success on the
trains resumed their normal routes this morning after completion of MTA New York City Transit's latest round of FASTRACK closures along the Seventh Avenue Line. Once again hundreds of Transit workers were busy in tunnels and stations performing a four-night blitz of inspections, repairs and maintenance chores as well as cleaning and painting jobs. This time, the work focused on infrastructure between 34th St-Penn Station and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, Brooklyn and between 34th St-Penn Station and South Ferry.
NYC Transit maintenance personnel once again took advantage used a train-free environment to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs and repair platform edges. FASTRACK also allowed for intense levels of station cleaning, all things that improve efficiency while also providing a visible improvement to the station environment. On the maintenance side, employees inspected signals, replaced rails and ties, scraped roadbeds and painted areas impossible to reach during normal train operation.
• Signals: Serviced 69 signals, serviced ten switches, supported the Track Division on various rail jobs.
• Track: installed 14 rails, removed 4,839 bags of rubbish, removed 16,000 pounds of scrap and debris, installed 523 plates, installed 91 tie blocks, generated more than two tons of scrap debris, scraped 1,160 feet of track.
• Stations: caulked and secured 800 feet of rubbing board brackets, replaced 122 tunnel lights, replaced 709 station light bulbs replaced 79 square feet of ADA tiles.
• Elevators and Cables: Crews inspected manholes between South Ferry and 34 St-Penn Station, repaired communications cable, inspected manholes and ducts between Nevins St and Clark St, in Brooklyn.
As always, Transit workers were on hand at major transfer hubs to direct customers to nearby trains. Only subway line segments with substantial subway alternatives are selected for the overnight shutdowns. So, in addition to nearby lines, other lines that don't usually operate during the late night hours continued to operate in order to help accommodate customers. In order to avoid further inconvenience, other service diversions in the area affected by the closure were avoided.
During the four-night series of shutdowns, more than 800 maintenance workers each night completed hundreds of tasks, an effort that would have taken months under normal operations.
FASTRACK is returning to the Eighth Avenue Line beginning Monday, October 22 and running for four consecutive weeknights. The lines will be affected from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., suspending Eighth Avenue service between 59 St-Columbus Circle in Manhattan and Jay St-MetroTech in Brooklyn and the World Trade Center station in both directions.
The final FASTRACK overnight closure for 2012 will be on the Lexington Avenue lines between Grand Central-42 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, Brooklyn on November 5-9.
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