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The MTA Artificial Reefing Program

Thursday, February 18 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$10/ Free for Members
color image of a Redbird train being reefed

Join us once a month for Transit After-Hours: a series of conversations, presentations, workshops, and performances inspired by Transit Museum exhibitions and collections. Come together online, share ideas, and learn about transit and NYC history.  

Last stop, bottom of the ocean! Between August 2001 and November 2003, MTA New York City Transit deployed more than 1,269 decommissioned Redbird 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 after-hours for a panel discussion with key individuals behind the Artificial Reefing Program: former Program Director, Michael Zacchea, and Robert Martore, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Artificial Reef Program Manager. Together, we will discover the intricacies behind this unprecedented recycling program that provided the historic fleet of Redbird trains with a new life under the sea.   


Please Note: This discussion will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.

Thank you for supporting the Transit Museum!

Photo: Redbird Reefing, 2001; New York Transit Museum. 


Thursday, February 18
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$10/ Free for Members
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