It’s still all in the very, very preliminary phases but NYC officials are apparently thinking of (finally!) installing air conditioning systems at subway stations across town. What a day to be alive.
According to an official press release, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is looking for information about cooling technologies that could be deployed across the city's transportation system. If you've taken the subway even once during the sweltering summer months, you know what big of a deal this is.
"With extreme heat conditions on the rise and expected to increase further amid the effects of climate change in the next few decades, the MTA is seeking information on innovative ways to cool subway stations, particularly for passenger-occupied zones on platforms," reads the exciting press release.
And in an effort to kill two birds with one stone, officials are hoping that any solution will actually help the city's disposition towards all things eco-friendly as a whole. In fact, although many individual subway cars are equipped with air conditioning, the MTA is seeking proposals to lower temperatures on platforms in specific without causing environmental damage.
"This solicitation invites leading organizations to propose strategies to MTA Construction & Development for cost-effective station cooling, particularly low-emissions solutions that align with the MTA’s commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2040," reads the document.
Seems like a no-brainer.
Yes, the weather has finally turned a bit cooler, but it’s still hot as hell waiting for the A train (or any train for that matter) underground.
Running for the train and longingly seeking a reprieve from heat up in the street, only to find out that it’s just as hot (if not hotter) down below will never not throw us for a loop—which is why we’re so excited about this piece of news, despite it being way too soon to get too excited.