on the Nassau Street Line
Monday, April 1, 2013
Last night MTA New York City Transit’s intensive maintenance program—FASTRACK—began on the Nassau Street Line. The 1.8-mile long line segment in Lower Manhattan was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and will be closed for the next three nights through early Friday morning. During the closure, there is no train service between Essex St and Broad Street.
Stopping all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours gives work crews a significant uninterrupted block of time 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 work environment is much safer, and a more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest and busiest rail transportation system—a system that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With train service suspended on the more than 82-year old Nassau Street Line, which runs through the City’s Financial District, a small army 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. They were also able to clear the track-bed of debris, and paint areas untouched in years, because they are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges. We also performed high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance blitz include servicing and testing five signals and three track switches, and installing six sections of track, and 59 track tie plates. Repairing and cleaning the subway’s physical infrastructure allowed work crews to correct 63 third rail defects, inspect 2,300 linear feet of third rail and scrape and clean 720 linear feet of track under and around the third rail and 2,385 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails. In addition, workers repaired or replaced 70 linear feet of handrail, replaced 700 feet of “no clearance” signs and removed 3,415 bags (12,800 pounds) of scrap and debris. Repairs were also made to 20 feet of benchwall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel as well as a means for both employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency.
Making the station environment safer, more attractive and pleasing for customers is a top priority as workers scraped, primed and painted 4,500 square feet of paintable surface, replaced five platform signs, repaired or replaced 16 square feet of floor tile, and repaired 27 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension affixed to the platform edge. Maintenance workers also replaced 150 tunnel light bulbs, 15 blue (emergency) light bulbs, five station light bulbs, serviced the public address system at two locations and inspected, cleaned and tested 140 public address system speakers.
Since being introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment has resulted in a considerably lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK operations last year, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 for 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 our customers depend on to get them where they need to go—requires regularly scheduled maintenance to the critical components they 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%. Overall, FASTRACK is improving employee safety and service reliability.
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