Who's Got The Hottest Metro Station
The station I get the most heat complaints about is Metro Center. In Monday's comments in Summer of Discontent on Metro, it popped up again.
HistoryAnn wrote: "One factor in my decision to drive to work is the temperature at Metro Center. Whether I'm commuting to Archives or Virginia Square I need to change trains at Metro Center (unless I walk the greater distance to Judiciary Square to catch the red line). For health reasons, I can't take the heat."
So Monday afternoon, as the temperature rose to 94 degrees outside, I carried a digital air thermometer into some of the underground stations and took some readings. Look for the full results of this informal survey on the Sunday, Aug. 16, Commuter page in The Post, but here's what I found Monday in spot checking stations, mostly on the Red and Green, and Yellow lines and at the transfer stations.
-- There was a range of 10 degrees among the stations. I went after stations that I thought would show different characteristics: older stations, newer stations, transfer stations, deep down stations and transition stations, where the next stop is above ground.
-- The coolest was deep underground at the relatively young Forest Glen Station, where I got a reading of 79 degrees on the platform at 6:23 p.m. (I got there by taking the Red Line up from outdoor Fort Totten, where the reading was 95.4 degrees at 5:57 p.m.
-- Topping the chart on my survey was Union Station, where the tunnel ends as the Red Line rises toward the outdoors. On the side of the platform nearest the end of the tunnel, the thermometer recorded 89.6 degrees at 2:33 p.m. When I walked to the other end of the platform, where the tunnel heads downtown, the reading dropped slightly to 88.5 degrees.
-- I spent a lot of time at Metro Center, since it's been the source of so many complaints. The maximum reading of 84.4 degrees was on the Red Line platform at 3 p.m. But I got that while standing away from the big fans and Port-A-Cool portable air conditioners. When I stood in front of the air conditioner, the temp was 82.6. I found another spot on the platform, where I could feel cool air coming from vents in the escalator bank. The temp there also was 82.6. Down below, on the Blue/Orange Line platform, I got a reading of 81.3 degrees.
-- All other temperatures were somewhere in the 80s. Farragut North registered 87 degrees at 3:27 p.m. Medical Center was 85 degrees at 3:55 p.m. Navy Yard was 83.8 at 4:37 p.m. L'Enfant Plaza was 85.8 on the Green/Yellow Line platform at 4:50 p.m. and 86.7 degrees on the Blue/Orange platform below a few minutes later.
This afternoon, I plan to visit more stations on the Blue, Yellow and Orange lines. What do you think of the results so far?
August 11, 2009; 8:29 AM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, hot stations
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