on the Broadway Line
Monday, September 30, 2013
For the fourth time this year, MTA New York City Transit’s intensive repair and maintenance program—FASTRACK— is making an appearance on the Broadway Line. Work began last night as the seven and a quarter-mile long Broadway Line was shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. this morning. The line will be shut down for the next three nights through the early morning of Friday, October 4.
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 94 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’s appearance.
Achievement by the Numbers
Key achievements from last night’s maintenance blitz included servicing and testing six signals, servicing two switches, replacing switch components, scraping 5,195 linear feet of track, and removing 935 bags (11,000 pounds) of scrap and debris. Making repairs to the subway’s physical infrastructure is also imperative as crews cleaned 1,150 feet of track drain, replaced or installed 120 feet of “no clearance” signs and installed or replaced 105 feet of handrail.
The operational integrity of the direct current (DC) electrical power delivery system, the physical condition of the tracks and the subway’s physical structure were key agenda items during last night’s maintenance operation as workers corrected 198 third rail defects, cleaned 4,085 linear feet of track under and around the third rail, and replaced 23 sections of track, 62 track tie plates and nine tie blocks. Work crews also inspected 5,470 linear feet of subway structure and replaced 131 tunnel light bulbs.
Enhancing the customer experience and employee and customer safety was front and center as workers scraped 4,350 square feet of paintable surface, primed 5,300 square feet and painted 2, 800 square and serviced nine Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and 12 cameras. Maintenance teams also replaced six platform signs, and repaired 95 linear feet of rubbing board – the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge.
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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