on the Washington Heights/Inwood Line
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's pro-active maintenance initiative—continued its third night along the Washington Heights/Inwood Line. The 2.35 mile-long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m suspending service in both directions at stations between 175 St and 207 St in Upper Manhattan. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and concludes at 5 am 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.
When trains were not running on the Washington Heights/Inwood Line, which opened in 1932, 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
Important achievements from last night's maintenance agenda include performing maintenance at a power substation, correcting 158 third rail defects, and cleaning 5,145 linear feet of track under and around the third rail and 200 linear feet of track drain. Workers also installed five sections of track, 177 friction plates and scraped 7,410 linear feet of track and removed 3,758 bags (27,800 pounds) of scrap and debris.
Maintenance of the subway’s physical infrastructure was included as work crews fixed two leaks and repaired 50 linear 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, with a focus on customer and employee safety and station appearance, workers replaced 12 platform signs and performed preventative maintenance on four 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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