Subway cars like these will still run instead of being sunk for reef use due to the MTA’s financial crisis. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit.
Over the last few years, MTA NYC Transit has found a useful way to retire subway cars whose run in passenger service was up. Instead of the cars just rotting away & serving no purpose, the agency would have them sunk into the ocean to become reefs.
However during these tough financial times, even the best of intentions face the powerful budget axe. The agency has scrapped their latest plan to sink 290 subway cars. Eyewitness News has more in this extremely brief report:
The MTA has put the brakes on a plan to go out with the old and in with the new when it comes to hundreds of subway cars.
The cash-strapped agency has decided to keep 290 old subway cars in service instead of sinking them into the sea as planned.
The cars date back as far as the 1960s and are mostly used on the A and C lines.
The move will save the MTA $1.3 million in shipping and cleaning costs associated with sinking them to become artificial reefs.
While unfortunate, I applaud the agency for saving money wherever it can. While $1.3M is a mini drop in the bucket, every dollar counts in the bigger picture. Hopefully they can continue to find ways to save money while not hurting the riders or its operations.
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