FASTRACK returns to Manhattan June 2

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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MTA/Patrick Cashin

On June 2, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit's (NYCT) FASTRACK program will return to Manhattan stations along the N, Q and R lines. For four consecutive weeknights the N, Q and R trains will not stop at stations in Manhattan.


Joseph Leader, senior vice president for the Department of Subways, said, “Our FASTRACK efforts have been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that provides a safer work environment for employees and improves train service reliability for our customers.”

During our previous FASTRACK along this corridor in March 2014, NYCT repair and maintenance crews completed many tasks along this 7.3-mile long segment of the N, Q and R lines.

Workers tested 40 signals and 12 switches and installed 20 track rails, 658 track plates, 117 tie blocks and 85 friction pads. Infrastructure workers repaired/replaced 205 feet of handrail, repaired 99 leaks, cleaned 800 feet of drain line and replaced 1,030 light bulbs. Workers also painted, repaired 960 feet of rubbing board and replaced 16 platform signs.

FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period, allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks.

NYCT’s next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the F line between B’way-Lafayette St. and York St. beginning June 9 and ending June 13.



Categories: Ballast, Ties, Rail, ON Track Maintenance, Rapid Transit/Light Rail