A success on the
MTA New York City Transit's wide-ranging maintenance program, FASTRACK, this morning concluded a weeklong stint along the Sixth Avenue lines. Once again, hundreds of Transit workers inspected, repaired, maintained, cleaned and painted subway infrastructure in stations and tunnels between 59 St-Columbus Circle and W 4 St stations.
Transit employees inspected signals, replaced rails and ties, scraped roadbeds, cleaned stations, and painted areas impossible to reach during normal train operation. Workers also cleaned lighting fixtures, changed bulbs and repaired platform edges while performing intense levels of station cleaning, including the removal of tons of refuse.
As a result of focusing the FASTRACK closures along segments where substantial alternate service is available, customers are now more accustomed to this new way of performing critical maintenance. Many customers simply switch to another line, often available at the same station complexes.
During the four-night series of shutdowns, more than 800 maintenance workers each night completing hundreds of tasks, an effort that would have taken months under normal operations. Work included:
• Track: Corrected 76 third rail defects, installed 173 plates, installed 26 tie blocks, installed 5 rails, installed, scraped 1,606 feet of muck, removed 2,380 bags of rubbish, and removed 9,000 pounds of scrap.
• Infrastructure: Sealed 10 square feet of leaks, installed 100 linear feet of handrail, repaired one roof beam, and made repairs to 64 square feet of benchwall.
• Stations: 24 drains cleaned, tunnel lighting repairs, completed scheduled fire alarm inspections and performed maintenance work on CCTV cameras, monitors and on elevators and escalators.
The next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the Seventh Avenue lines from 34 St-Penn Station to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. and South Ferry for four consecutive nights beginning Monday, October 15.
System-wide, NYC Transit's weeknight ridership is approximately 250,000. The closures affect from 10% to 15% of those riders depending on the line segment.
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