on the Queens Boulevard Line
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
MTA New York City Transit's comprehensive maintenance program—FASTRACK—continued its second night on the busy Queens Boulevard Line resulting in no service on the between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center, and on the between Roosevelt Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge. Service on the and ended early in Queens. The six-mile long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. suspending service in both directions. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues for the next two nights through early Friday morning, March 22, 2013.
Suspending all train service on a subway corridor on four consecutive nights for seven continuous hours gives subway repair crews the opportunity to perform many jobs on or near the tracks without having to stop work every few minutes while a train moves through the area. This is a safer and more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest rail transportation system.
Introduced in January 2012, the FASTRACK project environment experienced a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees. During FASTRACK episodes last year, 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.
With no trains running along the nearly 80-year old Queens Boulevard Line, a large contingent 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.
Key accomplishments from last night’s maintenance effort include installing 17 sections of track, 63 track ties, 236 track tie plates, 400 friction pads and cleaning 200 linear feet of track drain. In addition, workers scraped 4,275 linear feet of track, removed 2,775 bags (13,700 pounds) of scrap and debris, serviced two signals and inspected one interlocking, the arrangement of signals and switches that allow trains to cross from one track to another. Maintaining the subway’s physical infrastructure and keeping the delivery of electrical service in good operating condition continued as workers inspected one under-river tunnel, repaired or replaced 265 linear feet of handrail, installed/replaced 90 feet of “no clearance” signs and sealed 11 leaks.
To enhance customer and employee safety as well as enhancing the station environment, work crews replaced 466 tunnel lights bulbs, 40 blue (emergency) tunnel lights, and seven platform edge signs. Workers also scraped 7,550 square feet of paintable surface, primed 4,550 square feet, and painted 1,500 square feet and repaired 14 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension of the platform edge, that is parallel to the side of the train. To make sure customers can be kept informed of any ongoing service changes, maintenance crews inspected and tested the public address system at two locations, and serviced 276 public address system speakers. In addition, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment was part of the maintenance blitz as seven cameras and two monitors were serviced.
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.
Monday, March 18, 2013
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