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B, D, F Subway Lines Set for Nighttime Closures

By Jill Colvin | February 17, 2012 8:15pm
The B/D/F line will be the next to close for the MTA's FASTTRACK program.
The B/D/F line will be the next to close for the MTA's FASTTRACK program.
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MANHATTAN — The B, D and F subway lines are the next to face nightly closures for repairs.

There will be no service on the Sixth Avenue lines from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning Feb. 27 and lasting through March 2, the MTA announced Friday.

The closures are part of the transit authority's FASTRACK program, which aims to speed through construction and subway maintenance by shuttering scores of stations at once.

The MTA just wrapped up four nights of work on the 1, 2, 3 lines, from 34th Street-Penn Station to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, where 800 maintenance workers fanned out to inspect signals, replace rails and ties, and clean and paint locations that are usually impossible to reach.

Workers also gave stations a facelift, changing 2,500 light bulbs in subway tunnels and station platforms, cleaning light fixtures and station drains, scraping and painting station ceilings, and cleaning platforms, the MTA said.

Staff also removed a whopping 15,000 bags of rubbish, 17,000 pounds of scrap material, and removed muck and mud from 19,000 feet of tracks.

The work would have ordinarily taken months, the MTA said.

“Prior to FASTRACK, workers would have to pick up their tools, make certain the area was safe and then move out of the way every time a train moved through,” MTA senior vice president Carmen Bianco said in a statement.

“Now, workers can continue performing their tasks in an uninterrupted manner,” he said.

After the B, D and F, crews will focus on the Eighth Avenue A, C and E lines, which will be closed for four nights beginning March 12 from the 59th Street-Columbus Circle to Jay Street-MetroTech stations.