La Metrou

New York-ezii au gasit o modalitate inedita de a scapa de garniturile vechi de metrou
Recif din vagoane de metrou
– Patru sute de garnituri vor fi aruncate pe fundul oceanului, in largul Portului Cap May * In Atlantic au mai fost aruncate in ultimii ani si barci vechi, 28.000 de tone de ciment, 8000 de tone de pneuri vechi si 86 de vehicule militare, printre care si tancuri
Orasul New York a gasit o modalitate foarte originala de a se debarasa de garniturile vechi de metrou: scufundarea lor in ocean, unde devin un fel de recif artificial, transmite Mediafax. Primele garnituri dintr-o serie de patru sute au fost aruncate in Atlantic marti, in largul portului Cap May (New Jersey) si altele le vor urma in zilele urmatoare, a anuntat, miercuri, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Vagoanele de metrou vor intalni pe fundul oceanului resturile unor barci vechi, 28.000 de tone de ciment, opt mii de tone de pneuri vechi si 86 de vehicule militare – printre care si tancuri, scufundate in ultimii ani de catre statul Delaware.
Aceste recifuri artificiale permit dezvoltarea vietii submarine si atrag pestii, spre marele beneficiu al industriei alimentare locale. Scufundarea acestor vagoane in locul reciclarii lor permite economisirea a zece pana la 13 milioane de dolari, a precizat Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
In prealabil, ele sunt golite de scaune si de orice fel de materiale care ar putea contamina apa. In curs, se poarta discutii cu alte state de pe coasta de Est care sa permita scufundarea de vechi vagoane, metroul din New York propunandu-si sa le inlocuiasca in cel mai scurt timp cu altele noi. (D.M.)


„Next stop: artificial reef!”

published in misc by montejorge on Apr 17 2007 06:24 PM

On the coast of Slaugther Beach in Delaware, USA, the underwater landscape is being modified. Where before was inhospitable and deserted bottom of the sea, now there’s and incredible artificial reef, with wagons from out-of-use subway trains. The name Red Bird, the name of this project, pays homage to the traditional New York subway company.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is responsible for this programme created a few years ago and that has been able to repopulate the bottom of the sea with fish and other marine species, thanks to the crafty use of these wagons. According to Jeff Tinsman, in charge of this programme: „a truly luxurious condominium has been created for the fish”. There are 666 old cars that rest at the bottom of the sea, ensuring the development of sea life as well as of fishing and diving. There are more than 10 000 tours each year, in search of fun, fish and amzing pictures.

Because of its success (which had been doubted, at first), Delaware is now facing a new problem: the lack of carriages. That’s because other cities are showing interest in the project, and competition for carriages is ferocious. The fact is, when an idea is good and helps the planet, nothing is better than it being copied. What’s most interesting, though, is that when you see the wagons, that once carried thousands of passengers, being lifted into their final voyage, you get a ghastly feeling. On the other hand, the subway is now going to house whole new inhabitants.


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