Washington’s Metrorail system, gearing up to transport thousands of passengers to the Mall for the Fourth of July fireworks display, is reporting few problems other than an occasional warm and stuffy rail car, spokesman Dan Stessel said Wednesday.
“It is not a systemic problem,” Stessel said of complaints from passengers that some cars appeared to lack air conditioning.
Rail cars become overheated inside as the day gets warmer and doors open to allow passengers on and off the trains, bringing in hot air along with hordes of riders, Stessel said
As reports come in about cars without air conditioning, Stessel said, “we take them out of service.”
That was little consolation to the approximately 150 passengers heading home Tuesday night on a Green Line train that was unable to move forward shortly after leaving the Prince George’s Plaza station headed towards Greenbelt.
As the train sat idle on the tracks near the College Park Station for about 30 minutes, a group of passengers decided to “self-evacuate,” as Stessel put it, around 6:20 p.m. The outside temperature was still in the 90s.