Janet Babin, Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
Overnight subway service on a large part of New York’s City’s Seventh Avenue Subway line will be suspended from Monday to Thursday this week as part of the MTA’s so-called Fast Track program to fix subways more quickly without having to stop for train traffic.
Last month, MTA implemented the first-ever Fast Track program with an overnight shut down of large parts of the No. 4, 5 and 6 subway lines. The authority says crews were able to complete 300 tasks during the four night outage, work that would normally have taken weeks or even months to complete.
An MTA spokesman said the Fastrack program will save $600,000 in labor costs because more work is completed in a shorter amount of time. The projected savings for the year is more than $10 million, according to authority.
After the red line suspension, the next overnight closures will be on parts of the Sixth Avenue B,D and F lines, February 27 to March 2.