on the Central Park West Line
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
FASTRACK wrapped up its third night at stations and along the tracks between Midtown, Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx. The 8.77 mile-long section, between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 207 St on the
and 161 St-Yankee Stadium on the , was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions. This closure gave work crews the opportunity to perform maintenance and repair tasks. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and concludes at 5 a.m. Friday morning, November 22.
With all train service suspended on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours, maintenance workers have an opportunity to perform numerous repair and maintenance tasks on or near the tracks without having to stop work to accommodate frequent train moves through the area. This is a better work environment for employees and a far more efficient way to maintain and clean North America's largest rail and subway transportation system.
When trains were not running 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. 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. We also performed high-intensity station cleaning providing a visible improvement to the station environment.
Achievements by the numbers
Important achievements from last night's maintenance agenda included servicing and testing 12 switches, servicing 28 signals, testing 26 signals, and replacing four track relay devices. Making sure the tracks are in good condition and free of litter was included in the maintenance agenda as workers replaced five sections of track, 34 track tie blocks, 206 friction pads, 322 track tie plates and scraped and cleaned 9,360 linear feet of track bed. Work teams also removed 2,200 bags (24,500 pounds) of scrap and debris, fixed 148 third rail defects and cleaned 1,855 linear feet of track under and around the third rail. In addition, maintenance workers fixed four leaks, repaired or replaced 40 linear feet of handrail, replaced 279 light bulbs and replaced nine square feet of sidewalk ventilation grating and repaired 21 square 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.
With a focus on customer and employee safety and having stations that are attractive and clean, workers replaced 31 platform signs, repaired or replaced 14 square feet of platform tile and repaired ten square feet of damaged concrete. Maintenance crews also scraped 4,900 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 9,520 feet and painted 5,000 square feet. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was included in the maintenance effort as 16 monitors and 16 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.
Accomplishments:Monday, November 18, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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