At first it may look like an environmental travesty. The photographs below show 40 year old NYC subway cars being dumped with reckless abandon into the Atlantic Ocean.
On closer inspection, (and after a little explanation) you will understand that the reasons for doing so are good.
The practice of dumping used subway cars into the ocean is not a new idea. States across the US are now doing the same, in order to create a stable habitat for marine life in absence of the natural reefs that mankind has helped diminish over the years.
The cars pictured here, are among 1,662 that have been retired by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Four more subway-car reefs are planned off the coast of Maryland, and since 2001 others have been created in Delaware and New Jersey waters from an earlier batch of about 1,200 cars released by the MTA. Positive developments by all accounts.
[Image Credits: Stephen Mallon]