on the Nassau Street Line
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's aggressive maintenance initiative—continued its third night under the streets of the City's Financial District. The Nassau Street line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m suspending service in both directions between the Essex St and Broad St stations in Lower Manhattan. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and ends at 5 am Friday morning, April 5.
With all train service stopped on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, maintenance workers have an opportunity to perform numerous jobs 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 repair and clean North America's largest rail transportation system. Like New York City, the subway never sleeps.
When trains were not running on the Nassau Street Line, which opened in 1931, hundreds of maintenance workers were able to inspect signals and switches, repair and replace track rails and cross ties, clean track floors, track drains and stations, perform elevator and escalator repair work and repair water damage. They were also able to clear the track bed of debris, and paint areas that are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change light bulbs, and repair platform edges. Maintenance personnel were also able to do high-intensity station cleaning, resulting in visible improvement to the station environment.
Important achievements from last night's maintenance agenda include servicing seven signals, two switches, testing seven signals, performing 12 signals inspections, and repairing 50 water leaks. Workers also made repairs to 20 linear feet of bench wall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency. In addition, repair crews corrected 78 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 450 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Keeping the subway's physical structure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is vital to a sound operation as workers scraped 2,240 linear feet of track bed and removed 3,472 bags (15,100 pounds) of scrap and debris.
With a focus on customer and employee safety and having stations that are attractive and clean, workers replaced 78 tunnel light bulbs, eight blue (emergency) tunnel light bulbs, eight platform signs, and removed 30 graffiti hits or markings. Maintenance crews also scraped, primed and painted 4,500 square feet of paintable surface area, and repaired or replaced 12 square feet of platform tile.
The FASTRACK program, 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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