New York City has a lot old rusty broken down subway cars. David Ross, an NYC transit official, had a pretty unorthodox idea about what they could do with them.
On instructions from the EPA, they stripped the old hulking cars of wheels, motors, windows and any traces of oil or gas before loading them onto a big barge.
One by one the cars were pushed over the edge, far off the coast of Delaware.
After they sink, the iron giants are perfect for hosting coral. The reef, Delaware officials explained, needed as many hard surfaces as possible to create “an enriched invertebrate community”
This is what an NYC subway car looks like after 5 years of being submerged in the ocean.
And this is what an NYC subway car looks like after 10 years of being submerged in the ocean.