Subway secrets

We take the temperature of the transit system, from cold to hot.

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4, 5, 6 at 42nd St--Grand Central
This is the first station to use a water-based cooling system. Gene Russianoff, staff attorney with the Straphangers Campaign, suggests standing in the middle of the platform to benefit from the technology.

1 South Ferry station
In 2009, the overhaul of this way-downtown spot was completed, and one of the new perks it offered (in addition to allowing all cars to fit in the station and not just the first five) was a cooling system. The tourists must be thrilled.

L train
The riders aren't the only super-cool thing about this line: Its cars got a perfect score on the MTA's 2010 summer-temperature test.

73--78 degrees
"Our criteria for cooling cars during the summer is that they stay between 73 and 78 degrees," says Ortiz.

14th St--Union Sq
"It is the only station with fans on the platforms," says MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz says. "They're meant to circulate the air. But if all you have is hot air down there, it's not going to help much."

Franklin Ave S and F train
Per a 2010 MTA survey, of all the cars tested, only 83 percent on the S were within proper temp range, and only 87 percent on the F.

Hope for the future?
Ortiz notes that mega projects such as the Second Avenue subway and the extension of the 7 will have some type of temperature control.

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