on the Broadway Line
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's sweeping maintenance program—continued its second night on the Broadway Line necessitating the suspension of train service at stations in Manhattan. The more than seven-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights and concludes early Friday morning, October 4.
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 94-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 and testing 11 signals, inspecting 31 signals and inspecting 6,440 linear feet of subway structure. Track maintenance projects consisted of installing ten track tie blocks, 18 sections of rail, 181 track tie plates and scraping 11,505 linear feet of track. In addition, work crews removed 925 bags (10,000 pounds) of scrap and debris from the track. Keeping the direct current (DC) electrical power delivery system in good condition was an agenda item during last night’s maintenance operation as workers corrected 222 third rail defects and cleaned 4,825 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure continued as workers cleaned 800 linear feet of track, replaced 90 tunnel light bulbs, installed or replaced 120 feet of ‘no clearance’ signs and repaired or replaced 105 feet of handrail.
With a focus on customer and employee safety as well as station aesthetics, workers replaced 24 platform signs, scraped 10,040 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 1,700 square feet and painted 2,000 square feet. Work crews also performed preventative maintenance on elevators and escalators and serviced 18 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and 22 cameras.
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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