In New York a major track renewal and component replacement project along the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Queens Boulevard Line will begin on April 7. The track closure will be in effect 24 hours a day as the tracks and support equipment are completely replaced with new ties, tie blocks, plates and rails.
Using as a foundation the success of its FASTRACK program in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, MTA New York City Transit is launching another efficiency-based track improvement initiative. In this case, a section of track will be closed over a brief period of consecutive days rather than for a long series of weekends. Performing the project in this manner reduces the time needed to complete work and limits its impact on riders.
Previously, this type of track work would extend over many weeks, with closures taking place over a series of weekends. At times when the tracks were available, trains would move through the work area at reduced speeds throughout the length of the project, decreasing the number of trains that could operate, increasing crowding and slowing trips.
“Performing the work in this manner will allow us to complete this project over nine consecutive days, which will enable the work to be done more quickly and less expensive,” said MTA NYC Transit President Thomas Prendergast.