on the Broadway Line
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
For the third consecutive night, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK maintenance program operated along Manhattan’s Broadway Line. The more than seven-mile long line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions at stations between the Whitehall St and Lexington Av/59 St. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and ends at 5 a.m. Friday morning, June 21.
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 better and more efficient way to repair and clean North America’s largest rail transportation system. Like New York City, the subway never sleeps.
While trains were no running 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
Major achievements from last night’s maintenance work included servicing and testing eight switches, servicing and testing nine signals, replacing components of two switches, and scraping and cleaning 9,900 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintenance crews also corrected 335 third rail defects, replaced four sections of track, four track tie blocks, 233 track tie plates and removed 2,225 bags (36,000 pounds) of scrap and debris from the track bed. Other repair and maintenance work consisted of fixing 58 leaks, repairing or replacing 80 feet of handrail, cleaning 1,200 feet of track drain, and inspecting more than 8,510 feet of subway structure.
Making the station environment safer, more attractive and pleasing for customers was also on the night’s agenda as crews replaced 70 tunnel light bulbs, four blue emergency light bulbs, scraped 2,500 square feet of paintable surface area, and painted 6,000 square feet. In addition, public address systems at four locations were inspected and tested and 232 public address system speakers were inspected, tested and cleaned. Preventative maintenance was also performed on six Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and ten monitors and on elevators and escalators.
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.
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