on the Broadway Line
Monday, June 17, 2013
MTA New York City Transit’s intensive repair and maintenance program—FASTRACK—returned to the Broadway Line last night. The seven and a quarter-mile long Broadway Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. this morning, and will shut down for the next three nights through early Friday morning resulting in no train service at stations in Manhattan in both directions.
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 far more efficient way to maintain and clean the nation’s largest rail transportation system.
As a result of the service suspension on the more than 83-year old Broadway 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
Key achievements from last night’s maintenance blitz included servicing and testing 12 signals, servicing seven switches, testing 13 switches, replacing switch components, scraping 7,900 linear feet of track, and removing 2,026 bags (33,000 pounds) of scrap and debris. Making repairs to the subway’s physical infrastructure is also imperative as crews cleaned 700 feet of track drain, replaced or installed 405 feet of “no clearance” signs and fixed 46 leaks.
The operational integrity of the direct current (DC) electrical power delivery system and the physical condition of the tracks were key agenda items during last night’s maintenance operation as workers corrected 249 third rail defects, cleaned 6,600 linear feet of track under and around the third rail, inspected 4,350 feet of third rail, and replaced seven sections of track and 202 track tie plates. Crews also performed preventative maintenance on five elevators and escalators.
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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