Fast Track This Week – B,D,F,M

March 14, 2016

    March 14 – 18

    FASTRACK is a subway maintenance, cleaning, and repair program that shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive weeknights, allowing our employees to perform a number of critical maintenance jobs. The line shutdown approach has proven successful in that, under normal conditions in our 24/7 system, the scope and breadth of this important work would be impossible to accomplish with customers and trains moving through work areas. Thus far, since FASTRACK began in 2012, the results have had a positive impact on service with a reduction in train delays and a decrease in the number of track fires, while realizing cost efficiencies and a lower accident rate for employees.

    FASTRACK tasks typically include:
    Track – remove debris and repair or replace tie blocks and running rails.
    Third Rail Operations – clean and remove debris from under and around the third rail.
    Signals – perform general maintenance on signals and switches and replace dispatcher holding lights.
    Infrastructure – repair or replace handrails, signs, and tunnel lighting. Clean track drains and repair water damage/leaks.
    Electronic Maintenance – optimize performance of closed-circuit television monitors and cameras. Inspect and test    public address system equipment.
    Station Environment – perform high-intensity station cleaning and painting as well as perform elevator and escalator   repair work. Clean vents and drains.

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    Service Changes

    No service at 6 Av stations: 14 St, 23 St, 34 St, 42 St, 47-50 Sts, and 57 St

    FASTRACK begins weeknights at 10 PM and ends 5 AM the next morning. This service change will run nightly from March 7 – 11 and March 14 – 18. Read on for more information.

    D subway and F subway trains are rerouted via the 8 Av line
    B subway and M subway service ends early in Manhattan

    How will trains operate?

    D subway Rerouted and operates in two sections as follows:

    • Between 205 St and 145 St, via A subway local between 145 St and W 4 St, and via F subway to/from 2 Av.
    • Between Stillwell Av and W 4 St station, the last stop.

    F subway Rerouted via E subway between W 4 St and Roosevelt Av, in both directions.

    S subway Special shuttle trains run between Lexington Av/63 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Roosevelt Island, every 20 minutes.

    F subway and M subway service ends early each night (times are approximate):

    Manhattan-bound service in Brooklyn and Queens ends at 9:30 PM.
    • Service in Manhattan is available until 10 PM.

    What are the travel alternatives?

    • Use 8 Av A subwayC subwayE subway stations for D subway and F subway trains.
    • For D subway service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, transfer between D subway sections at B’way-Lafayette St.
    • Take the special S subway shuttle for service to/from Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island, and 21 St-Queensbridge
    • Transfer between special shuttle train at Lexington Av/63 St and 4 subway5 subway6 subwayN subwayR subway trains at Lexington Av/59 St via out-of-system transfer.