Mark Groce: I'm Mark Groce and you're listening to an “In the News” podcast on TransitTrax, New York City Transit's podcast service.
NYC Transit is taking a new approach to how they perform critical inspections and maintenance of subway components that are necessary to providing reliable service. FASTRACK is a comprehensive program that allows NYC Transit to perform those functions and upgrade stations, tracks, and signals in less time, at less cost. Joe Leader is the Vice President of NYC Transit Maintenance of Way.
Joe Leader: Tonight we’re going to start FASTRACK on the 7 Av line. This is the first FASTRACK for 7 Av, so it starts February 13, Monday night at 10 p.m. and it will last four nights.
Mark Groce: FASTRACK’s first operation took place in January on the 4, 5, and 6 lines between Grand Central 42- St and Atlantic Av. There, crews performed over 300 tasks in four days and transit workers will do the same on the 7 Av line.
Joe Leader: To improve safety and reliability, we will be replacing tracks, switches, replacing rail components, and performing power and signal maintenance – work similar to what we did on the Lexington Av 4, 5, and 6 lines. In addition NYC Transit will improve the station environment by repairing platform edge, wall tiles, and lighting, as well as scraping paint. And we will also be performing elevator and escalator maintenance.
Mark Groce: And how will this affect service? Larry Gould is the Senior Director of Operations Planning.
Larry Gould: Beginning on Monday night we have our FASTRACK maintenance shutdown on the 7 Av line. This shutdown will move service between 34 St-Penn Station and Atlantic Av on the number 1, 2, and 3 trains. During the shutdown, there’ll be no number 2 service between Penn Station and Atlantic Av. However there will be number 5 service all night running from 241 St White-Plains Rd in the Bronx to Flatbush Av Brooklyn.
On the number 1 train there will be no service between 34 St-Penn Station and South Ferry. For people in Manhattan, you can take the N, Q, or R on the Broadway subway and connect at Atlantic Av to go towards Brooklyn, or you can take the A and C on the 8 Av subway and connect with 59 St to go toward the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. We’ll have a free substitute bus that will connect the number 2 train at 135 St, 248 St-Lenox Terminal stopping at 145 and Lenox for customers who normally ride on that branch.
Mark Groce: Weekend service disruptions that got you off track may become a thing of the past because FASTRACK is a new way of working on the rails.
For Transit Trax I'm Mark Groce. Thanks for listening, and thanks for riding with NYC Transit.