Temperatures and comfort aboard mass transit

Tzu-Ping Lin, Ruey-Lung Hwang, Kuo-Tsang Huang, Chen-Yi Sun, and Ying-Che Huan, Passenger thermal perceptions, thermal comfort requirements, and adaptations in short- and long-haul vehicles, International Journal of Biometeorology 54, 221–230

Although the energy requirements of mass transit systems depend in part on the interior temperatures needed for passenger comfort, benchmarks for such analysis are lacking. This study uses field measurements and a survey of more than 2,000 passengers in Taiwan to evaluate thermal comfort. The comfort zones ranged from 22.4 to 28.9°C (72.3–84.0°F) in short-haul vehicles and 22.4 to 30.1°C (72.3–86.2°F) in long-haul vehicles.

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