Good News and Bad News for Dupont Metro Riders

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Now that monsoon season is nearly over our temps are expected to get back to normal, we should hit 80 tomorrow, 85 on Wed. and 87 on Thurs. according to the Weather Channel…and Anthony Adragna reports: “Dupont Circle may be air-conditioned again by JULY!”

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  • Considering I was told by Metro….wait, let me pull up the email and quote them directly: “Metro’s station cooling system is not designed to maintain a specific temperature, as air conditioning does in commercial buildings or residences. Rather, Metro’s system is designed to provide a 6-degree difference between inside and outside temperatures…” well you can decide how much effect the chillers might have even if they worked.

  • Nice sign. Contractors have “begin” their work.

  • You have to wonder why Metro even continues to operate the station heating and cooling equipment.

    Per their own budgets, it costs them tens of millions per year in electricity just to heat and cool the stations and another 15 million per year in capital dollars to fix the heating and chiller equipment. God knows how many of their “top notch” employees they pay to operate and maintain it.

    I haven’t been in all the worlds subway systems but I’ve been in enough to know that heating and cooling is purely an unneeded luxury that was foolishly built into this system and is pretty unique in terms of the worlds mass transit systems.

    The stations are underground so the temperatures stay relatively static year round and the trains themselves are heated and cooled, so this seems like some pretty low hanging fruit for Metro to simply “turn off”. It would free up quite a bit of money every year for them to dedicate to real issues.

    • As someone who had to commute daily through Farragut North last August when the chillers were out, I can undeniably say the temperatures do not stay relatively static year round.

      • Could not agree with CHGal more.

        • I could also not agree more. I commute from Dupont and last summer was unbearable. By the time the train arrived, I was usually drenched in sweat. I always assumed it would be cooler underground in the summer – no. That station felt hotter than outside.

      • +1000. Farragut North was unbearably hot last summer, much hotter than outside temps even. As was Dupont.

    • Ashy Oldlady

      The best answer would be to pave over the train tracks and turn the Metro tunnels into bike lanes. I mean, why not? That seems to be the best solution to all of our transportation problems!

    • And isn’t one of the things that makes us better than New York that our subway stations are not unbearably sweltering in the summer (at least when the equipment works)?

    • Blithe

      I spent many years taking taking the subway trains in NYC. I’ve spent many years taking the Metro trains in DC. I VERY much appreciate the heating and cooling equipment, and very much disagree with your perception that the “temperatures stay relatively static”. While I agree that maintaining the temperature is not as high up on the list of priorities as, say, maintaining safe trains, I want to make it clear that at least some of Metro’s customers do not regard the cooling as “purely an unneeded luxury”. With maintenance issues, wait times on crowded platforms may be 20 minutes or more. In the summer, the heat and humidity can make a lengthy wait unbearable — and I say this as someone who is often wielding a folding paper fan and, when I can, a frozen water bottle, while I hover as close to the cooling tower as I can get.

    • Given all the delays and wait times inherent in most Metro commutes, do you really want people waiting on sweltering platforms in the summer?

  • Having a cooling system on hot days >>>> Not having coolers on hot days

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