MTA New York City Transit Expands FASTRACK Program for 2013

Citing an increase in productivity and significant decreases in employee accidents and maintenance costs, MTA New York City Transit announces plans to expand its successful FASTRACK maintenance program to Manhattan's Broadway Line and, for the first time, line segments outside of the Central Business District and Downtown Brooklyn.

FASTRACK was introduced last January, devoting four straight week nights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, station and on tracks. To make this happen, service is completely suspended within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. This gives free access to the system, allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks without the concern of having to "clear up" to allow trains to pass.

"Over the past year we have found this to be an extremely effective way to maintain a subway system that operates around the clock, seven days a week," explained NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast. "We have seen concrete benefits in the way the system is being maintained through FASTRACK and we are now ready to roll it out to other line segments."

The benefits derived from FASTRACK have been dramatic in several areas including a net productivity gain of nearly $17 million, a significant savings over performing this work either under traffic or through general orders even though overtime is required. Along FASTRACK corridors, there has been a 50 percent reduction in track fires. Incidents and delays were reduced 5.7 percent and 4.4 percent respectively January through October 2011 and 2012 year-to-year. The Lost Time Accident Rate stands at 1.38 for FASTRACK compared with an overall rate of 2.41 for subways, a significant improvement.

The new FASTRACK corridors include: the Broadway NQR south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street; the A Line between 168th Street and 207th Street, in upper Manhattan; the Concourse Line D between 161st and 205th Streets; the Queens Boulevard Line EFMR between 5th Av/53rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue; the Lexington Avenue Local 6 between 45th and 100th Streets; and the Lexington Avenue Express 45 also between 45th and 100th Streets.

New additions to the 2013 FASTRACK initiative include weekend daytime FASTRACK affecting DQ service between the Coney Island Creek Bridge and the North Stillwell Interlocking. This daytime work is slated to determine whether FASTRACK will work as well on some outdoor line segments. For reasons of safety, maintenance work is not performed on outdoor tracks during non-daylight hours.

One-week FASTRACK efforts are slated for the Sixth/Eighth Avenue Lines ABCD between 59th-Columbus Circle and 168th-Broadway and 161st -River Avenue; Nassau Street-Broad Street-Essex St J; the Fourth Avenue Line between 36th and 95th Streets D NR and 2 along Nostrand Avenue south of Franklin Avenue.

These FASTRACK efforts have been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods.