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The Hottest Subway Car In NYC Is #1872 On The 1 Line

One of my favorite things to do during my commute, besides searching for subway etiquette violations to expose on Gothamist, is to photograph the train car number when I realize that the air-conditioning isn't working. That way, I can send a helpful Tweet to @NYCTSubway and help the MTA target which train cars need some time at the workshop.

Then, I realized that I had Tweeted about this same train car on Tuesday!

And the MTA's social media team (literally some of the most patient people in the world) responded:

"If needed".... inspired by @MJHDBQ, I did some digging, and there have been many complaints about this specific train car from this month, last month, last year, 2016, 2015...

So what gives? When Gothamist explored this topic in 2011, we learned that one factor is that older train cars' air-conditioning system can be a "challenge". In 2016, an MTA spokesperson explained to WNYC that newer train cars (you know, like the ones on the F or L train) "have separate HVAC systems, where if one fails, you can use another within that car" but the R62As, used mostly for 1 and 6 train service, are from the 1980s. "The technology at the time provided for one compressor for each of the air units in the car," an MTA spokesman told us in 2011. "So if you lost that one compressor, you basically lost all of the air for that entire car."

Today, MTA spokesman Shams Tarek told me, "Cars with faulty HVAC systems don’t wait for regularly scheduled maintenance - they’re taken out of service and fixed and returned to service immediately."

In addition to notifying the MTA, another helpful gesture is to warn others who are about to board the hot train car that there's no air-conditioning. Most people will appreciate it, while others will welcome the opportunity to Live Like A Victorian.

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