on the Lexington Avenue Line
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's intensive subway maintenance initiative continued its third night underground on Manhattan’s East Side. From 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., there was no service at local stations on the Lexington Avenue Line between the Grand Central-42 St station and the 125 St station. During the shut down, and service made express stops only and service ended early. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown happens again tonight and concludes at 5 a.m. Friday morning, March 28.
Stopping all train service on a line segment or designated tracks on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours gives work crews a large 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. The section of the Lexington Avenue Line between 45 St and 100 St is bi-level. 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 train-free work environment and there is less disruption to customers’ regular travel patterns. Train service on the Lexington Avenue Line continues to run, albeit at express stations only.
When trains were not running on the Lexington Avenue Line’s local tracks, 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. 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. Work crews also performed high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Major achievements from last night’s maintenance effort include servicing 16 signals, and replacing two signal relays, five sections of track, 11 track tie blocks and 221 track tie plates. Maintenance crews also corrected 87 third rail defects and scraped and cleaned 1,255 linear feet of track under and around the third rail and 3,345 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails. Keeping the subway’s physical infrastructure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is also critical as crews repaired or replaced 40 linear feet of handrail, cleared 1,650 linear feet of track drain and removed 4,136 bags (11,250 pounds) of scrap and debris.
To improve worker and employee safety and the appearance of the station environment, work crews, replaced 12 tunnel light bulbs, 369 station light bulbs 12 platform signs, washed 83 light fixtures and scraped, primed and painted 2,400 square feet of paintable surface area. In addition, subway maintenance personnel sealed 25 leaks, performed direct current (DC) feeder breaker, pump room and elevator and escalator maintenance. Repairs were also made to 25 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.
Since its introduction in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment has resulted in a considerably lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK events 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 you can depend on to get you to where you need to go when you need to get there - requires regularly scheduled maintenance to the critical components you 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 %. FASTRACK is improving employee safety and service reliability.
Monday, March 25, 2013
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