When Was Air-Conditioning Introduced into the NYC Subway System?
In 1970, after fifteen years of failed attempts to air-condition subway cars, nine percent of cars were cool. Mayor Lindsay's promise to cool the entire system by 1980 proved untenable due to the city's budget crisis. By 1985, fifty-seven percent of the cars had air conditioning. Twenty-five years later all cars have A/C but the lack of frequent servicing remains an impediment to a guaranteed cool ride.