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The Spectacular Sight Of Train Carriages Being Dumped Into The Ocean

Of all the things you’d expect to find at the bottom of the ocean, a small village of old New York train carriages may not cross your mind. But for over a decade, train carriages have been discarded into the Atlantic in an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life. Photographer Stephen Mallon was lucky enough to witness and document the spectacle over a three year period.


Here's How Many Bridges NYC Would Need If Everyone Drove 

Manhattan has plenty of bridges — they’re its most recognisable landmarks, really — but exactly how many more would it need if every last person drove a car? Matt Taylor, a transit engineer, has seen this bizarro-Manhattan, and it’s not pretty.


Inside New York City's Dazzling New $US1.4 Billion Subway Station

It’s taken many years and over a billion dollars to complete the Fulton Center in New York City, a transit mega-hub that replaces the subway station destroyed on September 11. Today, the light-filled station finally opened to the public — but it almost didn’t happen at all.


The First Driverless Transit System In The US Starts Rolling In 2017

Since 2011, Honolulu’s been busy building a $US5.2 billion solution to help alleviate the mind-blowing traffic congestion that’s come to define life on Oahu’s South Shore. The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 32km, 21-station elevated train — and it will be the first completely driverless rail system in the US.


Design Your Own Fantasy Public Transport System With This Tool

For would-be Transportation Czars who have grander ideas for the buses and trains in your town, Transitmix helps you draw a fantasy transit system for your city that’s specific down to the block. And it’s got a bunch of real-world features that can help you calculate everything from ridership to operating costs.


A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC's Newest Train Tunnel

New York City’s new 2nd Avenue subway line is a construction project of truly monumental scale. Decades of planning and billions of dollars have led to the near-completion of Phase 1 of the tunnel running underneath Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Gizmodo was lucky enough to take a tour through a section of the caverns and passages that will soon be a bustling subway line.


Adorable Tokyo Metro Posters Remind Passengers To Be Polite

Since 1974, Tokyo’s Metro has created cute, quirky posters for their subway system to remind passengers of proper etiquette. Each fiscal year they roll out a new set of characters as the ambassadors of good manners, and for 2014 they have just revealed a new mascot (he’s the lion in the center poster).


What If Every Single Train Map Was Designed By The Same Person?

Transit maps are as unique as the cities they represent. To know Tokyo’s subway, you have to know the quirks of its subway map; to navigate New York City, you have to familiarise yourself with its mapping idiosyncrasies too. But what if design was standardised across every city in the world?


How The Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building A Railroad Empire

In the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy 15 boring machines to build a sprawling new train system. And that’s nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states.


Ice Age Fossils Are Being Unearthed By L.A.'s Subway Construction

A 19-metre deep shaft being dug for Los Angeles’s newest subway line is filled with buried treasure. The so-called Subway to the Sea is still nine miles from the beach, but excavation has already revealed some creatures from the ocean floor…the prehistoric ocean floor!


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