on the Central Park West Line
Monday, September 16, 2013
Last night our FASTRACK maintenance program came to the Central Park West portion of the Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan for the first time. The line segment was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St on the and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the . This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next three weeknights through early Friday morning, September 20.
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 between Midtown and Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, 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 correcting 40 third rail defects, scraping and cleaning 2,135 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail and repairing eight square feet of damaged concrete and one square foot 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. Maintenance crews also serviced eight switches and 27 signals.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure was also on the work schedule as crews inspected 7,025 linear feet of the subway’s physical structure, cleaned 1,480 feet of track drain line and fixed 30 leaks. In addition, work to enhance the customer experience and employee and customer safety was front and center as workers replaced 236 tunnel light bulbs, 220 station light bulbs and painted 21 linear feet of rubbing board – the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Workers also replaced six platform signs, six stairway handrails and scraped 7,600 square feet of paintable surface.
Since its introduction in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment has resulted in a considerably 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 for 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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