They are on the bottom.
Almost all scrapped cars new York subway expects to be the last big trip. First, they dismantle the trucks, glass, doors, some trim and equipment, will remove all hazardous materials and technical liquids. Something goes to the dump, something in the processing, but something will be sold to everyone.
Then gutted the car should be disinfected by treating with steam and loaded on a barge that will take them into the open ocean. Among the people keen on new York subway it is called the “barge of death”. At the point of destination, the cars will be thrown overboard, it will sink to the bottom of the ocean and will soon become home to thousands of fish and marine organisms.
Not all cars fall to the bottom. Part of the leave for later use in official purposes, as part of give to the transport Museum and stored at the depot.
Program to create artificial reefs appeared when the MTA company (it operates metro) faced the problem of disposing of a large Park of wagons released in the 60-ies. Their production used asbestos-containing materials, making the disposal in the usual way economically disadvantageous. Then they decided to drown. It is believed that asbestos is harmful only if exposed to air and in the water it supposedly loses its hazardous properties. Not everyone agrees, but the government gave the go-ahead and the cars began to drop into the waters of the Atlantic ocean.
Since the beginning of 2000s, in this way have already disposed of 2 580 cars.
MTA company claims that dumping cars into the ocean they saved more than $ 12 million.
26 miles off the coast of the state of Delaware artificial reef called Redbird. Redbird is the name of a series of cars of the new York subway, the sides of which at the time was painted a deep red to combat graffiti. To create this reef in a small area was flooded 714 cars, 86 tanks and armored vehicles, 8 tugboats and barges, and 3,000 tons of the wheels of the trucks. For 7 years the fish population has increased there 4 times.
Photo by Stephen Mallon, Express Water Sports, text samsebeskazal