What’s better than cramming 60 or more complete strangers into a BART car? How about cranking up the heat in that car 10 to 15 degrees more than the surrounding temperature. Perfect. It’s like hot yoga, but instead of fit girls in yoga pants, you have smelly-cheese guys in ripped jeans. Instead of downward dog, you’re just standing there, staring at your flickering reflection in the window, listening to Radiohead on your iPhone, wondering when your life started spinning so rapidly out of control. Where is she now, you wonder? Gone. Gone, forever. Like tears in rain.
And then you think, “It’s a bit too hot in here. A few degrees lower would be nice.”
BART has received numerous complaints about the temperature of cars. The reason is 230 BART cars (about 1/3 of them) have not received the air conditioning upgrade that was given to the rest of BART system in the 90’s, but are still in use. Worse, many of these outdated cars carry faulty remote sensors in their air ducts, and lack proper signaling to activate the heating/cooling systems. And if there’s one thing people notice on their morning commutes, it’s every minor source of possible discomfort.
BART officials are aware of the problem and have already replaced the AC units of 80 cars so far, with plans for renovating 24 more in a month. Of course, we may also look forward to “The Fleet of the Future,” which is coming out sometime in 2017, and features such things as sleek bike racks, noise-cancelling insulation, and more energy-efficient cars.
Perhaps they could use some of those sexy new Google Nests too?