on the Central Park West Line
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
MTA New York City Transit's comprehensive maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night on the Central Park West segment of the Eighth Avenue Line between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St on the and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the . The 7.4-mile long section of the line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions so that crews could perform a variety of tasks at stations and along the tracks between Midtown and Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights 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 their work assignments 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 no trains running along the more than 80-year old Central Park West segment of the Eighth Avenue Line, an army 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. They were also able to clear the track-bed of debris, and paint areas untouched in years, because they are not reachable during normal train operation. In addition, work crews were able to clean lighting fixtures, change bulbs, and repair platform edges. High-intensity station cleaning was also performed, providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievement by the Numbers
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort included correcting 57 third rail defects, scraping and cleaning 1,680 linear feet of track under and around the third rail, installing seven sections of track, 51 track tie blocks and 355 track tie plates. Maintaining the physical structure of the subway and keeping the train control system in good operating condition continued as workers repaired 32 leaks, repaired or replaced 70 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 750 linear feet of track, serviced four switches and serviced and tested 32 signals. Keeping the tracks clear and free of debris was also on last night’s agenda as workers removed 3,905 bags (37,500 pounds) of scrap and debris and cleaned 8,445 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails.
To enhance customer and employee safety and have stations that are aesthetically-pleasing, work crews replaced 75 feet of “no clearance” signs, 142 tunnel light bulbs, 214 station light bulbs, and nine platform edge signs. In addition, maintenance personnel cleaned ten linear feet of platform drain line, repaired/replaced 17 square feet of platform tile and repaired 25 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Work teams also scraped 5,250 square feet of paintable surface and painted 1,400 square feet, four stairway copings, and four K-A rails. K-A rail is the street level railing, usually painted green, that surrounds the station entrance/exit stairway and stairway coping is the concrete base below the K-A rail, usually painted black. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was included in the maintenance effort as 12 monitors and ten cameras were serviced.
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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