Old MARTA Railcars Head to the Atlantic Ocean

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) today shipped off the first of two railcars bound for the Georgia coast and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.

MARTA is partnering with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Reef Project to contribute railcars from MARTA’s original fleet as they are replaced by the new CQ400 railcars in coming years. The Reef Project deploys large objects to the bottom of the ocean that over time develop into reef habitats for marine wildlife.

Two older model railcars have been stripped of hazardous materials and contaminants. The dismantled railcars were then inspected and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for deployment as artificial reef material. The first of the two railcars was loaded onto a truck at MARTA’s South Yard this morning and will be delivered to the East Coast Terminal in Savannah on Friday, Sept. 8. The second will be picked up Monday, Sept. 11 and delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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