A success on the
Friday, October 26, 2012
Once again a large contingent of MTA New York City Transit subway maintenance workers wrapped up yet successful FASTRACK effort, completing an impressive schedule of work on the Eighth Avenue Line just in time for Friday’s morning rush hour.
Hundreds of members of NYC Transit’s maintenance force accomplished a massive amount of work along tracks and in tunnels and stations stretching from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Jay Street-MetroTech, Brooklyn. They inspected signals, fixed rails and ties, scraped roadbeds, cleaned stations and power washed tunnel surfaces impossible to reach during normal train operation. Workers also replaced light bulbs and lighting fixtures and repaired platform edges—work that boosts efficiency while also providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
During the four-night series of shutdowns, maintenance workers each night completed work that included:
Signal: Serviced 48 signals, 27 switches, four train operator route punches, and replaced train holding lights.
Track: Corrected 1,016 third rail defects, installed 1,312 plates, installed 12 tie blocks, installed 31 rails, scraped 2,315 feet of muck, removed 6,815 bags of rubbish and 84,100 pounds of scrap and power washed 8,900 linear feet of tunnel surfaces.
Infrastructure: Sealed 66 of leaks, installed 655 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 900 linear feet of track drain, installed 90 column tags and 435 linear feet of no clearance signs, and made repairs to 59 square feet of benchwall.
Stations: Replaced 39 platform edge signs, 354 tunnel lights, 225 station lights, 74 column signs and 10 square feet of ADA tiles, repaired 530 square feet of rubbing board and inspected 12 fire extinguishers and performed maintenance work on CCTV cameras, monitors and on elevators and escalators.
The next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the Lexington Avenue lines between Grand Central-42 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, Brooklyn, for four consecutive nights beginning Monday, November 5.
System-wide, NYC Transit's weeknight ridership is approximately 250,000. The closures affect from 10% to 15% of those riders depending on the line segment.
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