What gets done during MTA work?

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 17:03:05-04

Let’s check the work from the recent effort to clean a section of subway line. Should we get the white gloves out? We know there will always be some amount of grime down there. It’s interesting to see how the MTA describes the clean up effort.

Here’s an updated posting from Wednesday, March 27, 2013 on the FASTRACK work along the Lexington line: (from

“Major achievements from last night’s maintenance effort include servicing 16 signals, and replacing two signal relays, five sections of track, 11 track tie blocks and 221 track tie plates.  Maintenance crews also corrected 87 third rail defects and scraped and cleaned 1,255 linear feet of track under and around the third rail and 3,345 linear feet of track trough, the space between the rails.  Keeping the subway’s physical infrastructure in good condition and clearing the track of debris is also critical as crews repaired or replaced 40 linear feet of handrail, cleared 1,650 linear feet of track drain and removed 4,136 bags (11,250 pounds) of scrap and debris.

To improve worker and employee safety and the appearance of the station environment, work crews, replaced 12 tunnel light bulbs, 369 station light bulbs 12 platform signs, washed 83 light fixtures and scraped, primed and painted 2,400 square feet of paintable surface area.  In addition, subway maintenance personnel sealed 25 leaks, performed direct current (DC) feeder breaker, pump room and elevator and escalator maintenance.  Repairs were also made to 25 feet of benchwall, an extension of the station platform that is located in tunnels and used by maintenance personnel and for exiting the subway in an emergency.”

Dirty subway stations