on the Washington Heights/Inwood Line
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
MTA New York City Transit's wide-ranging maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night in Washington Heights and Inwood on the line resulting in no trains at stations between 168 St and 207 St. The 2.35-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions in Upper Manhattan. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights and concludes early Friday morning, June 14.
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
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance blitz include correcting 127 third rail defects, servicing and testing 54 signals, installing eight sections of track, 180 track tie plates and scraping and cleaning 5,205 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure and keeping the delivery of electrical service in good operating condition continued as workers repaired two leaks, repaired or replaced 80 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 960 linear feet of track drain and performed maintenance on several components in the power substations. Workers also removed 4,100 bags (31,800 pounds) of scrap and debris, replaced 133 tunnel light bulbs and eight blue emergency lights.
To enhance customer and employee safety, customer convenience and have stations that are aesthetically-pleasing, work crews scraped 7,700 square feet of paintable surface, painted 1,200 square feet and performed preventative maintenance on. elevators and escalators.
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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