on the Lexington Avenue Line
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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MTA New York City Transit's maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night on the Lexington Avenue Line. To accommodate this important effort, and service ran express in both directions between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St, and service ended early. Local service on this four-mile long line segment was suspended in both directions from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. The service change continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, March 29.
Stopping all train service on designated track(s) for seven continuous hours on four consecutive nights 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 for train movements. The section of the Lexington Avenue Line between the 51 St station and the 96 St station is on two levels. Local trains are on the upper level and express trains are on the lower level. With local and express service on separate levels, maintenance crews have a safe work environment and there is less inconvenience for customers as train service on the Lexington Avenue Line continues to run, albeit only serving express stations.
With the service change in place along the nearly 95-year old Lexington Avenue Line, a large contingent 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. They were also able to clear the track-bed of debris, and paint areas untouched in years, because they are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges. High-intensity station cleaning was also performed providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort include installing 12 sections of track, 20 track tie blocks, 182 track tie plates, and cleaning 1,990 linear feet of track drain. In addition, workers serviced 22 signals, performed direct current (DC) feeder breaker maintenance, sealed 35 leaks, repaired or replaced 105 feet of handrail, corrected 66 third rail defects and made repairs to 16 feet of benchwall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel and for exiting the subway in an emergency.
To improve customer and employee safety as well as to enhance the station environment, maintenance crews replaced six platform edge signs, 53 tunnel light bulbs, eight blue (emergency) tunnel light bulbs, 390 station light bulbs, and washed 67 station light fixtures. Workers also scraped, primed and painted 2,500 square feet of paintable surface and repaired or replaced ten square feet of floor tile. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was also included in the maintenance blitz as five cameras and two monitors were serviced.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment has resulted in a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK operations last year, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 for 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, March 25, 2013
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