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.
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.
and trains are rerouted via the 8 Av line
and service ends early in Manhattan
How will trains operate?
Rerouted and operates in two sections as follows:
- Between 205 St and 145 St, via local between 145 St and W 4 St, and via to/from 2 Av.
- Between Stillwell Av and W 4 St station, the last stop.
Rerouted via between W 4 St and Roosevelt Av, in both directions.
Special shuttle trains run between Lexington Av/63 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Roosevelt Island, every 20 minutes.
and 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 stations for and trains.
- For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, transfer between sections at B’way-Lafayette St.
- Take the special 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 trains at Lexington Av/59 St via out-of-system transfer.