This video came out a few years ago on National Geographic when the R160 subway cars were introduced in New York City, but it’s nonetheless still an awe-inspiring view at the Alstom factories which produces the NYC subway cars. Start at 2:44 to ignore the amazed voice-over about the reprogrammable “LCD monitor” (which was a great improvement at the time).
Mosaika Art & Design, Ceramic mosaic, 2005, Place des arts metro station (Green line)
It is an art gallery visited by millions each year, yet only a few people actually take the time to look at the art that adorns its walls. Like the New York City transit system, the Montreal subway system is full of commissioned art work. Each of the 68 stations is decorated in a unique manner and numerous works of art are integrated on the subway platforms, staircases and crossing points.
Boro Taxis can be hailed on the street or using a smartphone and are intended to serve the outer boroughs where the yellow taxis aren’t quite as familiar of a sight. These green taxis pick up anywhere except on Manhattan’s east side south of 96th Street and on the West side south of 100th Street.
Subway cars, like all pieces of technological equipment, become obsolete at some point. But how do you dispose of something so big and heavy in an environmentally conscious way? It turns out that, since 2001, old subway cars have been dumped into East Coast waters to form artificial reefs. This is perhaps the most creative method of repurposing that we’ve come across thus far–and we’ve seen lots!