Last Stop, Bottom of the Ocean: The MTA Artificial Reefing Program

Thursday April 16

6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM


Between August 2001 and April 2010, MTA New York City Transit deployed more than 2,500 deaccessioned train cars to underwater locations off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Forming artificial reefs, the cleaned shells of these subway cars created a flourishing new habitat for varied sea life and improved nautical environments in areas of the ocean floor that were once barren deserts. 

Join us at the New York Transit Museum for a discussion with key individuals behind the Artificial Reefing Program: former Program Director, Michael Zacchea, former Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer, John Doherty, and Robert Martore, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Artificial Reef Program Manager, and learn the intricacies behind this unprecedented recycling program that provided the historic fleet of Redbird trains with a new life under the sea.

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