Even some Metro cars which have working air conditioning have people cooking in the heat on their commute home.
Metro conductors told commuters to stay away from the darkened rail cars: They are too hot. But even inside a car considered acceptable for passengers, the temperature measured by ABC7 was 95 degrees.
In light of the extreme weather conditions, Metro made an exception to its "no drinking" policy. Customers are now allowed to carry and drink bottles of water on the system. The exception applies to bottled water only—on buses, in stations and aboard trains—and will remain in effect through system closing on Sunday night, Metro stated.
Some passengers said they felt hotter on the train than outside. Metro dispatched some 40 technicians to try to get the air conditioning working again on overly warm cars.
Over-worked cooling systems apparently keep conking out. Commuters who use metro bus had to wait at stops where the temperature soared well above 100 degrees.
Tanya Middleton envies those who get to commute in the comfort of a cool car or don't have to venture out at all in this heat. Middleton was waiting at a bus stop.
“It feels like it's 200 hundred degrees out here, no joke,” she said. “It's like you are walking in a shower but you are outside.”
Metro plans to keep technicians working to get the air conditioning going on those hot cars until rush hour is over.