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Tropical Trains: It’s Twice As Hot On The Subte As It Is Outside

By | [email protected] | May 16, 2016 11:54am

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Despite the chilly autumnal breezes sweeping across the City of Buenos Aires causing you to turn your collar to the wind, there is a place where you can find the climes you were used to two months ago.

With many passengers complaining, La Nación launched an investigation into rising Subte temperatures. Astoundingly, they recorded a high of 32 Celsius despite it being just 15 outside.

According to the report, the hottest part of the 53 km underground network is the corridor which connects Line B with Lines C and D. Line B is the hottest line (of course), with peaks of 30 degrees, while Line A was 4 degrees, on average, cooler.

Red means hot. Photo via mapa-metro.com

Red means hot. Photo via mapa-metro.com

The City Government has pledged to install ventilation systems by 2018 to relieve the heat underground, but some want action sooner rather than later.

One employee, Patricia Dimarco, says working conditions are affected by the heat, “We constantly have to drink water and have a fan for a little bit of relief. It’s like that working next to ovens in a kitchen. In summer it can be 50 degrees.”

The plan is to build more air vents and improve on the current ones, as using air-conditioned trains will only increase the heat on platforms and in tunnels, ’cause physics. The cost is expected to go up to US $410 million as part of an overarching plan to improve the entire network.

Such sudden changes in temperature can be damaging to a person’s health according to medical experts, so the sooner something is done the better – especially when you consider it’s often twice as hot on the platform as it is above ground.