on the Nassau Street Line
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
MTA New York City Transit's maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night on the Nassau Street Line. The nearly two-mile long line in Lower Manhattan was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and during this time, there was no service between the Essex St station and the Broad St station. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights and concludes early Friday morning, April 5.
Suspending all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, gives subway repair crews the opportunity 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 safer and more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest rail transportation system.
With no trains running along the 82-year old Nassau Street Line through the City’s Financial District, an 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 light bulbs, and repair platform edges. Workers were also able to do high-intensity station cleaning, resulting in visible improvement to the station environment.
Major accomplishments from last night’s maintenance activity include servicing six signals and three switches, correcting 63 third rail defects, and scraping and cleaning 2,650 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure continued as workers repaired or replaced five feet of handrail, installed or replaced 330 feet of “no clearance” signs and repaired 39 leaks and 20 feet of benchwall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel and provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency.
With a focus on customer and employee safety and improving the station environment, workers replaced 74 tunnel light bulbs, eight blue (emergency) light bulbs, repaired or replaced 15 square feet of platform tiles and scraped, primed and painted 6,000 square feet of paintable surface area. Workers also serviced three Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, two station public address systems and inspected, cleaned and tested 127 public address system speakers.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in January 2012, experienced a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK operations, 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 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.
Monday, April 1, 2013
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