on theWashington Heights/Inwood Line
Monday, August 26, 2013
Last night our successful and innovative FASTRACK maintenance program returned to the Washington Heights/Inwood segment of the Line. Service was suspended in both directions from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. at five stations – 175 St, 181 St, 190 St, Dyckman St and 207 St.
Stopping all train service on a subway line segment, on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, gives maintenance crews the opportunity 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 service suspended along its northernmost stretch, 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
Highlights from last night’s maintenance effort included scraping 7,405 linear feet of track bed, removing 465 bags (9,000 pounds) of scrap and debris and fixing 32 leaks. In addition, work teams corrected 53 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 875 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail. Crews also replaced 78 linear feet of rail, 232 track tie plates and 12 track tie blocks.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure was also on the work schedule as crews cleaned 500 feet of track drain line and inspected 4,820 feet of subway structure. In addition, work to enhance the customer experience and employee and customer safety was front and center as workers replaced 460 light bulbs and repaired 123 linear feet of rubbing board – the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge, replaced or repaired 60 feet of handrails, scraped 1,800 square feet and painted 6,200 square feet in stations.
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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