Inquirer staff report:

New Jersey reportedly has ended a program to use stainless steel subway cars on artificial reefs off the coast because the cars already in place are crumbling much faster than projected.

The Press of Atlantic City reports today that a survey of 48 New York subway cars placed at the Atlantic City reef showed that 46 were destroyed after only 7 months in the water. The cars had been expected to last for 25 to 30 years.

New Jersey had planned to use as many as 600 of the New York subways cars in the reef program, but it is being terminated after only about 100 cars have been placed on two of the state's 15 artificial reefs, which were created to provide habitat for fish.

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