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A hot time for travel ...

100 degrees on Metrorail | Riding the rails
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Just when we thought the hottest days of summer were behind us, along comes a blast of heat. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures in the 90s will be with us throughout the week. Here are some survival tips we once published during the hottest days of the summer that are relevant no matter your mode of transportation.

These are some tips from AAA for auto safety in the heat.
-- Avoid breakdowns by checking: the car's coolant tank and radiator, hoses and belts, tires, oil, battery, air and fuel filters.
-- Have these items in the car, in case you do break down: flashlight with extra batteries, warning devices, such as flares or reflective triangles, first aid kit, a fully charged cell phone.
-- Don't even think about leaving the kids, the elderly or pets in a parked car.
-- Carry liquids for yourself and the others in the car. Encourage your passengers to drink more than their thirst requires. Children dehydrate much faster than adults.
-- After returning home, always remove the child first before removing the groceries and shopping bags.
-- If your child is in day care, make sure the center and workers have a plan that safeguards children from being left alone on buses, vans or in cars.
-- If you spot a child locked in a car on a hot day, call 911 right away.

-- Metrorail cars have their own cooling units. If it's hot in your car, it might be much cooler in the next car. Don't just sit there.
-- Help your fellow passengers by reporting the problem, either to the operator over the intercom, or by calling 202-637-1328 or by filling out this Metro comment form. Remember to tell them the car number.
-- In the stations, the wide open entrances, the presence of hundreds of passengers and the trains pushing warm air ahead of them all contribute to the heat.
-- The last underground station before the line goes above ground can be just ghastly. That's true at Union Station and at Ballston, for example.
-- Temperatures within the stations vary. Move around. In one of the portal stations, like Union Station, it may be slightly cooler on the side farthest from the outside air.
-- On any of our rail systems -- MARC, VRE or Metrorail -- the line operators may order the trains to slow down for safety, because heat kinks can develop in the rails.

Do you have a tip for dealing with the heat? Or did you have a particularly scorching ride on Metro or MARC? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to

By Michael Bolden  | August 30, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
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I hesitate to report a hot metro car because I'm afraid metro will offload that car and force us onto another jam packed car. On a too-hot car, at least there is a chance I might have room enough to fan myself. I just want to get home.

Posted by: gohoos9297 | August 30, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Do not do not do not report hot cars. At a minimum, the train will be delayed for "investigation" and the car will be emptied. The delays will proceed to screw everyone else in the system as your orange line train delays a blue line train which delays a yellow line train which delays a green line train. Additional crowding because of those delays will delay the red line.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I am not longer complain, I rather have a hot car than some overweight person all over me, one size does not fit all...

Posted by: shadon1 | August 30, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I no longer complain, I rather have a hot car than some overweight person all over me, one size does not fit all...

Posted by: shadon1 | August 30, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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