Old subway cars dumped in sea to create artificial reef

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Old subway cars dumped in sea to create artificial reef

This actually is a good idea, not only for the fish, but also for the removal of unwatned rubbish, the subway cars break down in 50 years and in the meantime they will get covered in corals.

The link below includes a good video.

Seventeen-ton retirees, some 600 of them, will soon be living out their golden years on the Jersey Shore, where they will see plenty of scuba diving and fishing.

They are part of more than 1,600 stainless-steel passenger and work-crew subway cars that will head to their new homes off the Garden State and farther down the Eastern Seaboard starting in the late fall. Some have zipped down the track since the early 1960s and will continue to work in retirement -- as artificial reefs housing schools of fish while providing divers with an underwater glimpse of New York icons.

"They create a cave-like structure that let young hatchlings mature," said Mike Zacchea, a self-described reef dean for New York City Transit who is also an assistant chief of operations. "Within 30 days, marine life attaches to the car body."

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By netchicken: posted on 1-10-2007








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