FASTRACK Success on the Queens Blvd EFMR Line

We brought our FASTRACK maintenance program to Queens this week with hundreds of Transit workers descending into tunnels and stations on the Queens Boulevard Line, replacing and repairing items from light bulbs to damaged structural steel.

FASTRACK debuted in January 2012 and targets subway lines in segments.  It has been highly successful in considerably reducing the time for maintenance and repair tasks while improving the level of safety for work crews, who no longer have to share tracks with trains moving through the work area.  In addition to addressing important maintenance, work crews also have the chance to do such jobs as high-intensity station cleaning and station painting, chores that are impossible to do with customers waiting for trains.

Beginning last Monday, June 3, an army of workers were deployed along the six-mile long Queens Boulevard Line as train service was suspended for four consecutive nights at E line icon F line iconM line icon R line icon stations between 5 Av-53 St/21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Av.  Repair crews took full advantage of an uninterrupted seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Joseph Leader, Acting Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said, “Our FASTRACK maintenance initiative is a ’Triple Crown’ winner: customers benefit from improved service reliability while reducing the chance of an employee getting injured on the job, and the program saves money.”

Highlights of the work completed during Queens Boulevard Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 14,528 bags of debris, removed 140,600 pounds of scrap debris, scraped and cleaned 64,415 linear feet of track, replaced 177 tie blocks, 1,344 tie plates, 33 running rails, 308 friction pads.
  • Third Rail Operations - corrected 532 defects, scraped and cleaned 12,370 feet of track under and around the third rail and inspected 6,600 feet of third rail.
  • Signals - Serviced and tested 27 signals, and supported Track Department on 14 rail and switch jobs.
  • Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 360 linear feet of handrail, cleaned 2,250 linear feet of track drain, repaired 65 square feet of bench wall, installed or repaired 1,340 feet and cleaned 360 feet of “no clearance” signs, performed maintenance at one pump room and sealed 82 leaks. 
  • Electronics Maintenance - Optimized pictures on 16 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and 25 CCTV cameras, completed inspecting, servicing, and testing public address systems at 51 locations, 28 customer information screens and 1,116 public address system speakers. 
  • Station Environment - Replaced 45 platform signs, 78 tunnel light bulbs, repaired 1,290 linear feet of rubbing board, high-intensity washing of six stations, scraped 2,200 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed 13,800 square feet and painted 9,800 square feet.

The next FASTRACK will take place beginning Monday, June 10, as MTA New York City Transit brings this repair and maintenance blitz to Upper Manhattan.  The A line icon Line will be shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 10 to early Friday morning, June 14. There will be no train service between 168 St and 207 St.

Be sure to check our website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.