on the Washington Heights/Inwood Line
Monday, June 10, 2013
Last night MTA New York City Transit’s successful FASTRACK program—an intensive maintenance and repair effort—returned to the Washington Heights/Inwood Line in Upper Manhattan. The 2.35-mile long line segment was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and will be closed for the next three nights through early Friday morning resulting in no train service in both directions at the five stations between 175 St and 207 St.
Stopping all train service on a subway corridor 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 is a better work environment for employees and a far more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest rail transportation system.
With train service suspended on the more than 80-year old Washington Heights/Inwood 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. Maintenance crews were also able to clear the track-bed of debris and paint areas that are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition to high-intensity station cleaning, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Major accomplishments from last night’s maintenance blitz include servicing 31 signals, installing seven sections of track and 155 track tie plates. Repairing the subway’s physical infrastructure and cleaning the underground system is also crucial as crews performed maintenance on the DC (direct current) feeder breaker and other components in the power substations, cleaned 420 linear feet of track drain, 11,925 linear feet of track bed and repaired six feet of bench wall—an elevated walkway inside tunnels. A bench wall is used by maintenance personnel and also provides a means for employees and customers to exit the subway during an emergency. In addition, workers corrected 68 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 9,455 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail, removed 2,006 bags (11,500 pounds) of scrap and debris and replaced 234 tunnel light bulbs.
Making the station environment safer, more attractive and pleasing for customers is a top priority as workers replaced seven platform edge signs, scraped 6,000 square feet of paintable surface and repaired six linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Also, work crews performed preventative maintenance on six escalators and elevators and inspected, cleaned and tested public address systems at four locations.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experienced a dramatically lower employee accident rate. During last year’s FASTRACK work, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during all other maintenance activities. 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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