Memories of last winter are fading rapidly as transit agencies from Ottawa to Washington are addressing the special challenges of keeping service running — and customers cool — in the summer. The Washington Post paints a none-too-appealing picture of the impacts of an early heat wave on Metrorail (DC):
Hot stations and rail cars are already leaving some riders drenched in sweat. Tourists with cameras around their necks crowd around fare machines trying to figure out which pass to buy. And open-toed sandals and flip-flops are making their appearance, sometimes getting caught in Metro’s balky escalators.
And other agencies are faring no better. CBC News says that OC Transpo (ON) pulled 18 articulated buses out of service after the air conditioning broke down, and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail customers face delays west of Boston because of heat-related speed restrictions on the CSX tracks.