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Sluggish A/C on new MTA buses

Oh baby, it’s hot inside.

Spanking new buses running on the M15 and Bx12 lines have been broiling in recent days because of problems with the air conditioning systems when its hotter than 90 degrees outside, amNewYork has learned.

Since Tuesday, riders have been begging bus operators to jack up the air conditioning on the $688,000 buses, according to union officials.

The MTA has taken some of the buses out of service and temporarily replaced them with older models, a NYC Transit spokeswoman said. Officials wouldn’t say how many buses have been affected.

“The expectation of New Yorkers is that the bus will cold,” said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign. “You’re talking about the elderly and babies. They are most vulnerable to a hot bus.”

Early this year, the MTA unveiled its fleet of 90 new buses on its new “select bus service” routes, which operate faster by allowing riders to pay before they board.

The models are under warrantee, and engineers expected to have the buses back on the road shortly, said Nadine Bernard, a spokeswoman for Nova Bus, the manufacturer.

“It’s an adjustment based on the conditions in New York,” Bernard said.

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Other heat-related transit problems yesterday included:

- Outages along the F and G trains in Brooklyn, with the MTA having to use generators to restore service.

- Delays and route changes on the A, C and E trains in Brooklyn because of power problems.

- Escalators and elevators at two Brooklyn stations were temporarily put out of service to conserve energy.

Tags: mta , new york city , transit

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