on the Queens Boulevard Line
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
FASTRACK—MTA New York City Transit's ambitious maintenance initiative—continued its third night along the Queens Boulevard Line. The six mile-long line was closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m, with 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. This FASTRACK line segment shutdown continues tonight and concludes at 5 am Friday morning, March 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 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 repair and clean North America’s largest rail transportation system. Like New York City, the subway never sleeps.
The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experienced a dramatically lower employee accident rate. During last year’s FASTRACK work, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during all other maintenance activities. 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.
When trains were not running along the normally bustling Queens Boulevard Line, which opened in 1933, 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.
Important achievements from last night’s maintenance agenda include servicing six signals, four switches, replacing 17 sections of track, 212 track tie plates, 83 tie blocks and repairing 12 leaks and 395 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension of the platform edge that is parallel to the side of the train. Work crews also cleared 850 linear feet of track drain, installed or replaced 140 linear feet of “no clearance” signs and replaced 50 feet of handrail. Keeping the subway’s physical structure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is also vital to a sound operation as workers scraped 3,785 linear feet of track and removed 3,003 bags (4,400 pounds) of scrap and debris and inspected one under-river tunnel.
With a focus on customer and employee safety as well as enhancing the station environment, workers replaced 439 tunnel light bulbs, 38 blue (emergency) tunnel light bulbs, and seven platform edge signs, Maintenance crews also scraped 3,100 square feet of paintable surface area, primed 7,700 square feet and painted 5,800 square feet. In addition, technicians serviced 13 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and 16 cameras. Public address systems at three locations were inspected and tested and 333 public address system speakers 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.
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