on the Central Park West Line
Monday, November 18, 2013
Last night, the far-reaching arm of our FASTRACK maintenance program came to Manhattan’s West Side, Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx. Service was suspended between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 207 St on the and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the . These line segments were shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. This FASTRACK closure continues for the next three weeknights through early Friday morning, November 22.
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 and subway transportation system.
With service suspended between Midtown and Upper Manhattan and service suspended between Midtown 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, thereby providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievements by the numbers
Highlights from last night’s maintenance effort included correcting 130 third rail defects, scraping and cleaning 2,700 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail and replacing 30 square feet of sidewalk ventilation grating. The train-free work environment gave workers the opportunity to repair/replace 155 feet of handrail, repair/replace and clean 100 feet of “no clearance” signs and replace 177 tunnel light bulbs. Having tracks that are in good condition is key to a safe and sound operation as workers replaced seven tie blocks, seven sections of track, 312 tie plates and 356 friction pads, and removed 2,102 bags (46,400 pounds) of scrap and debris. In addition, maintenance workers scraped 4,575 linear feet of track bed.
Work to enhance the customer experience and employee and customer safety was part of last night’s agenda as workers replaced 10 platform signs, repaired 24 square feet of damaged concrete, and repaired 565 feet and painted 4,900 linear feet of rubbing board – the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Workers also scraped 8,000 square feet of paintable surface area and painted 6,800 square feet and performed maintenance on 25 Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) monitors and 15 cameras.
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 employees 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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