Sunday, September 21, 2008
• Seated – 25
• Wheelchair – 2
• Total – 27
• Standing - ?
- Length: 34 feet, 2-1/4 inches
- Speed: 47 mph
- Maximum grade: 12.5%
- Range between recharges "under typical urban conditions": 124 mi
- Has air conditioning
- Unknown (to me) whether it has heat
- "1 minute of charge = 1 kilometre" (0.62 mi)
- Charger voltage: 386 V
- Charger power: 70 kW
- Battery temperature: 270° C (518° F)
- Cost of first bus: $US 460,000 (as of 9/21/08)
This is really second-generation technology. The exciting part lies in what could be done with third-generation battery or supercapacitor technology.
Still, I stand by my verdict that push polling should end - it's destroying legitimate surveys. It's really a kind of Prisoners' Dilemma problem. We all would be better off if push polling ended. However, it is against the interest of any individual push pollster to cease. So, we will be stuck with them until the survey business crashes. :-(
Friday, September 12, 2008
BTW, the phone number on the caller ID was spoofed: 323-763-8732. I called back to find it not in service.
Friday, September 5, 2008
First question of session:
Alexandria, VA: Why has the slowdown on the Blue/Yellow Lines between Braddock Road and Nat'l Airport not been publicized? When will service return to normal? Another communications failure has befallen Metro.
Reply: Hi Alexandria! As you most likely are aware, we often have speed restrictions in place after conducting major track work. This is to ensure that the new trackbed, which was just installed over the Labor Day Weekend, has settled and is safe for trains to ride on at full speed. The speed restriction means that the trains are moving slower through the stretch of track that was replaced. It?s not actually delaying anyone?s trips.
Let's see. The Blue/Yellow lines have some speed restrictions (i.e., lowered speed limits), but that is not causing delays. Perhaps in another universe this is true, but, in ours, it is false. Lowered speed limits cause increased travel times, that is, delays. Normal service will resume when the track is ready. I really didn't know that. But, then I asked a more precise question about when it will be ready. A different view of reality and a nonanswer from someone without answers.
Alexandria, va: The idea of a enabling a walking transfer between Farragut North and Farragut West has recently popped up. What are your thoughts on implementing this? In what kind of timeframe can this be done?
Reply: Hello Alexandria. Actually the idea of a ?walking transfer? is something that has been considered and I believe is actively being explored. It is something that is part of our next fare software upgrade. Once that is in place, we should be able to move forward with that idea. It would work by allowing riders x amount of minutes (that would be determined later) to walk between the Farraguts.
I'll spare my rant about last night's Redskins game for another post. I can hear the rejoicing now.