Friday, September 19, 2008

BART's policy on train temperature, does anyone know?

Can any of you share with the rest of us BART's official policy, if there is one, on train temperature control, or is it up to the train operator's personal discretion? Asking because too often when the train is over-packed, with body temperatures rising, on a scorching day in the 80s/90s, the AC is not on. But yet on a cooler but still sunny day in the high 60s, like much of this week, the AC would be blasting, and passengers are shivering.

Just would like to learn what's behind the decision making here. Please do share! Thanks!


Pantograph Trolleypole said...

I think its a tough thing. For example, on the Pittsburgh Bay Point Line it could be 100 degrees in Concord and 70 in San Francisco. I'm not sure the cars can regulate temperature between those extremes without making at least one person uncomfortable

Anonymous said...

Operators have no direct control over the temperature (or varying temperatures) on each train car. They can only turn off (cycle) the HVAC in the lead car.

Anonymous said...

With the Hayward shops down, not everything gets fixed. Lots of cars have broken HVAC and cab windows that can't be closed (the counterbalance is broken, so it takes a large force to close the window). Unfortunately, that makes the cab noisy, so it's hard for central to contact a train.

The emphasis is on getting the cars rolling, so HVAC gets triaged out. But, always call in the car number on the intercom, preferably on a quiet,outdoor stretch of track. That way, the TO can call in the hot car, and eventually it will get fixed.