NYCT crews take care of Brooklyn track maintenance work

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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Track crew installing new tie plates.
NYCT/Marc A. Hermann

For the first time, New York City Transit's (NYCT) FASTRACK maintenance program came to the 2, 3 and 4 lines in Brooklyn between Crown Heights and Downtown Brooklyn.

The repair and fix-up effort consists of deploying hundreds of subway maintenance workers in tunnels and stations along a designated line segment inspecting, repairing and servicing components that are vital to a safe and sound operation.

Beginning January 27, train service was suspended along the local tracks between Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Ctr. and Franklin Ave. on four consecutive nights. Repair crews took full advantage of the seven-hour work windows to make repairs and perform maintenance activities. Most of the section of the 2, 3 and 4 lines in Brooklyn between Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Ctr. and Franklin Ave. is bi-level; local trains are on the upper level and express trains are on the lower level. The separation of the local and the express tracks gave maintenance crews a work environment that was free of trains and was also less disruptive to customers’ regular travel patterns.

Crews generated 7,657 bags of debris, removed 173,847 pounds of scrap and debris, scraped and cleaned 19,736 linear feet of track, replaced 201 tie blocks and installed 657 plates. They also cleared 223 identified defects, scraped and cleaned 13,680 feet of track under and around the third rail. As it pertained to infrastructure, crews repaired or replaced 300 linear feet of handrail, replaced 317 light bulbs, cleaned 450 linear feet of track drain and sealed 53 leaks, among many other maintenance tasks.