The University Transportation Research Center at the City University of New York is hoping to solve the city’s ever growing garbage problem by adopting pneumatic tubes to move trash out of the city. Instead of having massive piles of trash for early-morning garbage trucks to pick up, transporting trash via underground sewers, as bizarre as it might seem, can be the way around the issue. The proposed plans was designed to mimic a functioning system built in 1975 when Roosevelt Island was turned into a residential area.
The team at the research center responsible for the study identified two sites that would suit installation of a pneumatic trash system: the High Line in Chelsea and the Second Avenue subway. While costs of each retrofit would be about $10.5 million, the team is confident in the amount the success these improvements would bring. The ultimate goal is to clear the streets of New York and reduce the noise pollution caused by garbage trucks. In addition, the retrofits would decrease the level of greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent.
Should the plan become a reality, it will make drastic improvements to current conditions within the city.