on the Grand Concourse Line
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
For the second consecutive night, an army of subway maintenance workers descended on the Bronx as MTA New York City Transit's FASTRACK program continued along the Grand Concourse line between the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station and the 205 St station. The five-mile long line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions. This FASTRACK line closure continues for the next two nights and concludes early Friday morning, July 19.
Halting all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours gives work crews a significant uninterrupted block of time 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 more efficient way to perform maintenance and clean the North America’s largest rail transportation system.
With no trains riding the rails on the more than 80-year old Grand Concourse line, 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
Significant accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort include servicing 38 signals, testing 45 signals and doing preventative maintenance on several components in the power substation. In addition, maintenance personnel corrected 179 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 1,745 feet of track under and around the third rail, installed two sections of track, 171 friction pads, and 283 track tie plates. Work crews also removed 2,179 bags (4,000 pounds) of scrap and debris.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure continued as workers repaired 40 leaks, cleaned 800 linear feet of track drain and repaired 20 square feet of damaged concrete. Also, crews installed or replaced 1,002 feet of “no clearance” signs, repaired or replaced 80 feet of handrail, inspected 9,470 linear feet of subway structure and replaced 24 station platform signs.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in January 2012, has resulted in a significantly lower employee accident rate. During FASTRACK operations, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during 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 our customers depend on to get them where they need to go—requires regularly scheduled maintenance to the critical components they 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%. Overall, FASTRACK is improving employee safety and service reliability.
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