Temperatures may be cool this week, but in 10 days, riders along Metro’s Red Line may notice that the Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations feel warmer than normal because of dysfunctional “chillers.”
Metro says the two adjacent stations won’t get chilled air when cooling season starts on May 15 “due to a leak in a cooling line off Metro property.” The damaged line, per Metro, runs between the chiller plant and the two stations.
Those same stations also saw warmer-than-usual temperatures last summer because of a leaky line.
“Permits have been requested to allow Metro’s contractors to begin excavation of Connecticut Avenue to inspect and repair a leak in the underground line,” Metro says in an advisory. “If all goes as planned, chiller service is expected to be restored to Dupont Circle [and] Farragut North by July 1, 2016.”
During that month and a half, Metro says tunnel and ventilation fans will provide some relief. “However, even with these efforts, the stations will seem warmer than usual until repairs are completed,” it says.
According to the transit agency, chillers can cool a station to 85 degrees if it’s at least 91 degrees outside. Hope you don’t get stuck in a hot car!
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