on the Lexington Avenue Line
Monday, May 20, 2013
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Photo Courtesy: NYC Transit/ Marc A. Hermann
Last night MTA New York City Transit’s highly-successful FASTRACK maintenance program returned to the Lexington Avenue Line. This was the first of four nights of our repair effort on the East Side of Manhattan between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St. Express service on the four-mile long line segment was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and will be for the next three nights through early Friday, May 24. On weeknights express service usually ends around midnight.During the closure service runs local in both directions between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St and service ends early.
Suspending all train service on a line segment or designated track 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 work environment is better and a more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest and busiest rail transportation system—a system that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With train service suspended on the express tracks of the nearly 95-year old Lexington Avenue 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. 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. We also performed high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance blitz include servicing two switches, 17 signals, installing six sections of track, 29 tie blocks, and 154 track tie plates. Keeping the subway’s physical structure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is vital to a sound operation as workers scraped 6,662 linear feet of track, removed 1,950 bags (45,000 pounds) of scrap and debris and repaired 20 linear feet of benchwall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel and provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency. Crews also repaired or replaced 85 feet of handrail, corrected 80 third rail defects and scraped and cleaned 2,555 linear feet of track under and around the third rail.
With an eye on customer and employee safety as well as having an aesthetically-pleasing station environment, workers replaced eight platform signs, 56 tunnel light bulbs, 215 station light bulbs, and repaired or replaced eight square feet of floor tile. In addition, workers washed 45 light fixtures, painted 25 station columns and performed preventative maintenance on elevators and escalators.
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 critical components you never see. Pumps, signals, track, and power are just some of the vital system equipment we are focusing on so that we can continue providing our riders with train service that is safe and reliable.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experiences a significantly 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 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 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.
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