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WASHINGTON (AP) As temperatures hover around triple digits in the D.C. area, some Metrorail riders are complaining about sweaty commutes on cars with air conditioning problems.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency is facing challenges with air conditioning on trains.

When rail cars get too hot, Metro closes them off to riders and keeps the train running. Metro does not have exact numbers for how many rail cars have been taken out of service because of air conditioning problems, but Metro Assistant General Manager David Kubicek says less than 10 percent of rail cars are affected.

Board member Jeff McKay, who represents Fairfax County, says he keeps getting trapped on sauna-like rail cars. He has requested a report from Metro staff detailing how many rail cars are affected.

Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtopnews.com
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