on the Broadway Line
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's sweeping maintenance program—continued its second night on the Broadway Line resulting in no trains at stations in Manhattan. The more than seven-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions under the Great White Way. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights and concludes early Friday morning, June 21.
Halting 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 is a better work environment for employees and a more efficient way to perform maintenance and clean the North America’s largest rail transportation system.
With no trains riding the rails on the more than 83-year old Broadway Line, hundreds 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. Maintenance crews were also able to clear the track-bed of debris and paint areas that are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition to high-intensity station cleaning, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Significant accomplishments from last night’s maintenance activity included servicing six switches, replacing switch components, and servicing and testing ten signals. Track maintenance projects consisted of installing three sections of track, six track tie blocks, 206 track tie plates and scraping 17,345 linear feet of track. Keeping the direct current (DC) electrical power delivery system free of imperfections was an agenda item during last night’s maintenance operation as workers corrected 318 third rail defects, cleaned 7,260 linear feet of track under and around the third rail, and inspected 6,800 feet of third rail.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure and clearing the track of debris continued as workers repaired 58 leaks, cleaned 750 linear feet of track drain and repaired 25 square feet of bench wall—an elevated walkway inside tunnels. A bench wall is used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency. In addition, work crews removed 2,670 bags (11,600 pounds) of scrap and debris.
With a focus on customer and employee safety and having stations that are aesthetically-appealing, workers replaced 240 tunnel light bulbs, 23 blue emergency light bulbs and scraped 3,000 square feet of paintable surface area and painted 6,250 square feet. Work crews also performed preventative maintenance on elevators and escalators.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in January 2012, has resulted in a significantly lower employee accident rate. 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.
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