on the Grand Concourse Line
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
For the second consecutive night, scores of subway maintenance workers assembled in 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, November 8.
Stopping 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 and subway transportation system.
With no trains in operation 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.
Achievements by the numbers
Major accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort include servicing 51 signals and others signals equipment and doing preventative maintenance on several components in the power substation. In addition, maintenance personnel corrected 81 third rail defects, scraped and cleaned 5,255 feet of track under and around the third rail, installed six sections of track and 344 track tie plates. Work crews also removed 2,205 bags (10,000 pounds) of scrap and debris and repaired or replaced 65 feet of handrail in the subway tunnel.
Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure continued as workers repaired 43 leaks, cleaned 950 linear feet of track drain and replaced 110 tunnel light bulbs. Enhancing employee and customer safety and the appearance of the subway station environment was on the night’s work agenda as crews scraped 7,900 square feet of paintable surface area, painted 8,300 square feet and repaired 70 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. In addition, technicians serviced seven Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and eight cameras.
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.
Monday, November 4, 2013