makes a clean sweep on the Grand Concourse Line
MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program came to the Bronx earlier this week along the Grand Concourse Line with a repair, maintenance and clean-up campaign ranging from cleaning “no clearance” signs to replacing rail. This is FASTRACK’s second appearance on the line from the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station to the 205 St station.
Beginning Monday, April 8, hundreds of maintenance workers were deployed along the five-mile long line as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. Repair crews completed many tasks each night during the seven-hour work window.
“FASTRACK has been very successful in shortening the time for maintenance tasks while increasing the level of safety for workers who no longer have to share tracks with moving trains,” said Joseph Leader, Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer for the Department of Subways. “While maintenance chores are attended to, workers also take the opportunity to power wash and paint stations, jobs that are impossible to do with customers waiting for trains.”
Highlights of the work completed during Grand Concourse Line FASTRACK:
- Track - Generated 11,228 bags of debris, 14,900 pounds of scrap debris, removed 59,800 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 7,995 feet of track, replaced 30 tie blocks, installed 1,002 plates, 31 running rails, 200 friction pads.
- Third Rail Operations - cleared 396 defects, scraped and cleaned 3,890 feet of track under and around the third rail, inspected 31,130 feet of third rail.
- Signals - Serviced 85 signals, and five switches; tested 96 signals, and inspected two interlockings.
- Infrastructure – Sealed 178 leaks, cleaned 1,125 feet of no clearance signs and 2,840 feet of track drains, repaired/replaced 131 feet of handrail, scraped 880 feet of track trough, repaired 45 square feet of chipped concrete.
- Electronic Maintenance - Optimized pictures on 21 monitors and 40 cameras.
- Station Environment - Replaced 74 platform signs, 165 tunnel light bulbs and 17 blue (emergency) light bulbs, scraped 27,225 square feet, painted and primed 20,425 square feet, and repaired 525 linear feet of running board.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK maintenance program targets subway lines in segments. Repair crews no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area and are 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.
The next FASTRACK will take place in Manhattan beginning Monday, April 15, as this repair and maintenance effort comes to the Broadway Line. The Broadway Line will be shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, April 15 to early Friday morning, April 19. There will be no train service at stations in Manhattan and Court St, Brooklyn. Service will be suspended between Lexington Av/59 St, Manhattan and Court St, Brooklyn. Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.
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