on the Lexington Avenue Line
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Photo Courtesy: NYC Transit/ Marc A. Hermann
This past Tuesday night marked the second of four consecutive nights scheduled for this week’s FASTRACK Lexington Avenue Line. During a FASTRACK line closure, we stop train traffic so that our workers can address maintenance needs en masse in a work zone without interruption due to train service in the area. In addition to being a safer work environment, it's a more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation's largest and busiest rail transportation system.
This week, we’re focused on the “Express” tracks on a four mile long segment of the Lexington Avenue Line between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St. This particular FASTRACK allows us to take advantage of the bi-level track layout. While we provided service on the upper level "Local" tracks, a maintenance blitz was in progress on the lower level "Express" 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. We also performed high-intensity station cleaning, providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Highlights from last night include servicing 19 signals, one switch, installing three sections of track, 30 tie blocks, and 160 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 5,520 linear feet of track, removed 2,460 bags (59,400 pounds) of scrap and debris and repaired 100 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 70 feet of handrail, corrected 113 third rail defects and scraped and cleaned 3,670 linear feet under and around the third rail.
With an eye on customer and employee safety as well as having an aesthetically-pleasing station environment, workers painted 13 station doors, replaced 52 tunnel and 183 station light bulbs, and repaired or replaced ten square feet of floor tile. In addition, workers washed 54 light fixtures, painted 22 station columns and performed preventative maintenance on elevators and escalators.
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 his/her 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, May 20, 2013
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