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Sweltering Metro trains, boiling riders

Who's responsible: Metro
Number of votes to fix: 1

Larry Strongin has been riding Metro five-to-six days a week for over 20 years, but he said he reached a boiling point with the system on Thursday. He entered the Capitol South station around 5:30 p.m. to catch an Orange Line train home to Rosslyn.

Like most of us, the Democratic National Committee employee was suffering with the record 102-degree heat that day, but the car he stepped onto provided no relief. He said it had no air conditioning. Neither did a second one he tried. Finally, he jumped off and waited for a Blue Line train.

Better luck?


The Blue Line train was sweltering -- with no air conditioning, Strongin said.

"It felt like a steambath. Not only that, there was so many people on train, you felt like sardines in can," Strongin lamented. "They just raised fares 18 percent. Most people I know were lucky to get an 18 percent pay increase over last 5 years."

Strongin's problems were not isolated. The Post's Dr. Gridlock found one car's temperature was 100 degrees last week. The Post's Ann Scott Tyson also found some riders were peeved at the temperatures on trains.

Metro officials acknowledged the problem last week.

"We are aware that there are issues because of the extreme heat," said Steve Taubenkibel, a Metro spokesman.

He suggested riders try switching cars and report air conditioning problems to a Metro hotline at 202-637-1328. When Metro finds cars with AC problems, Taubenkibel said the transit agency isolates them or takes them out of service.

Problems with the heat? Tell us in the comments below or file a gripe above.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 11, 2010; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , The District , Unfixed , Virginia  
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it doesn't do any good to call Metro; but what I did notice the last few days I rode the metro, was the metro employees sure do make certain THEY have fans by their offices! I mean, how much would it really cost for Metro to install heavy-duty industrial fans in every station.

Posted by: HotHead | July 11, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

As an asthmatic, no way I'm stepping foot on those trains. I doubt my inhaler would save me in 100 degrees, trapped on a train.

Posted by: Libramom | July 12, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Watch, Metro will use the issues with the air conditioning in the cars as part of the justification for another set of fare increases before the end of the year.

Posted by: mika_england | July 15, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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