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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Hot cars on Metro: Have you boarded one? (#hotcar)


(Andrea Bruce/TWP) (Andrea Bruce - STAFF)
Unless you were carting around an air conditioning unit yesterday, you may have noticed that Thursday was the hottest June 9 on record in Washington, and a 102-degree high resulted in a hellish commute for some Metro travelers.

Metro customers frustrated with overheated rail cars with little or no working air conditioning began logging their routes and sharing their trips on Twitter by using the hashtag #hotcar.

One voice present in the conversation? Metro itself. Spokesman Dan Stessel jumped into the official Metro Twitter account to log complaints.

Stessel said he was also working closely with local blog FixWmata, which contains a “Hot Car List,” to keep his eyes on customer complaints like this one:

Car 5029 has barely to no AC. I'm pretty sure breeze is generated by passengers fanning themselves. #HotCar @unsuckdcmetro @FixWMATAless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Stessel said he planned on forwarding complaints tweeted to that account to maintenance crews. (One caveat, Stessel added, is that cooling systems in rail cars are only meant to knock the temperature down 15 to 20 degrees, which means functioning cars could still have temps upwards of 80 degrees.)

The good news, Stessel added?

“It’s going to be 80 degrees tomorrow.”

Temps were actually hovering around 89 degrees at noon, which is better than yesterday’s 96, but the Friday commute may feel similarly steamy.

Are you riding in a #hotcar today? Tweet your route and car number to Metro. using that hashtag and watch the conversation here:

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