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Seattle, WA 98104
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Hot-weather tips for Metro bus riders

With outside temperatures on the rise this week, Metro customers should plan for warmer temperatures inside buses, as well.

More than 30 percent of the buses Metro operates are air conditioned.*

When traveling on buses that are not air conditioned, passengers need to rely on air circulation to keep temperatures down.

Here are some tips to follow for both types of buses:

If your bus is air conditioned:

  • Keep the windows closed. It may sometimes feel like the air conditioning is not working well. That's because transit buses have significant glass surfaces that allow the sun to warm the interior. Bus doors also open and close frequently. These factors make it challenging to keep the interior cool. The best way for the air conditioning to be effective is to leave the windows closed.

If your bus is not air conditioned:

  • Open the side windows. There is a simple latch at the top of each window that allows the windows to tilt open. Multiple windows open on either side of the bus, and from front to back, provide good air circulation. You can ask the passengers in front or behind you to open their windows, as well.

If possible, travel early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler.

If you can, wait for a less crowded bus.

And don't forget to dress for the weather on these hotter days. Remove jackets and sweaters you wear in air conditioned buildings before you board the bus.

Metro also encourages you to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

For more hot weather tips and information visit the 'News' section on the King County home page.

* Metro started buying air conditioned buses in 2000. Since that time, KCM has purchased 408 new buses with air conditioning. Air conditioning is a standard feature ordered with all new buses.

Updated: July 28, 2009