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Bus Station's Roof Is Too Low.  
User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2628 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

The Washington DC transit system (Metro) built a new bus terminal at one of their subway stations for the comfort of their passengers. One problem: nobody measured the height of the bus.

http://www.nbc4.com/news/10502273/detail.html?dl=headlineclick

OOPS!  banghead   ashamed 

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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

I was hoping someone drove thru it before they found out.


Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

Quoting Bohica (Thread starter):
OOPS!

My thoughts exactly!

Lew


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

I took an accident similar to this once, a stupid Greyhound driver left his route and drove the passenger to his mobile home (in all fairness just in case ORD2pm is reading this, the driver was just helping a passenger) didn't see the overhead extension from the post office and oops. I'm sure Greyhound management didn't appreciate it.

User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 3):
(in all fairness just in case ORD2pm is reading this, the driver was just helping a passenger)

 rotf  Lovin it!

Lew


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 3):

I've worked with at least 4 guys who have "delivered" bridges. Suprisingly, they weren't fired, at least for those offenses.



Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Almost as bad as the french who built an aircraft carrier that wasnt long enough for the planes to land on.... Oops  Silly


That'll teach you
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 6):
Almost as bad as the french who built an aircraft carrier that wasnt long enough for the planes to land on.... Oops

Little do you realise that the real purpose of the Navalised Rafale (the Rafale SU - Single Use) is to keep the production line open longer.  Smile


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

N00bs!!! What a bunch of tards. Big grin

- Justin  Wink


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

The problem is that it was ok for the older busses, but not high enough for those that use Compressed Natural Gas and other 'clean' fuels as their tanks are located on the roof of the bus, raising their height. It seems to me that the structure was too low in the first place, probably due to various reasons that made sense then. Maybe they could lower the street level of the busses paths or reconfigure the busses so their fuel supplies don't raise the height of the busses.

User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

^it said it was built below an office I think, so the first floor prevents it being higher.

They could dig out the road though.


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Quoting Bohica (Thread starter):
The Washington DC transit system (Metro) built a new bus terminal at one of their subway stations for the comfort of their passengers. One problem: nobody measured the height of the bus.

Just another bright move by the Washington Metropolitan Area transit authority. They continually bitch about not being funded properly, but can't seem to get the basics down, like making sure you buy buses that fit the stations you have already constructed.


User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Reminds me of when I lived in SE London, British Rail (as it then was) bought a new set of trains to replace the 40 year old slam door trains and they made a slight cock up with the dimensions. In that the trains were too big to go through Blackheath and Penge tunnels.

Cue massive disruption as the tunnels were dug out to allow these new trains to run.

A second cock up with these trains, the contract to build them was split between two manufacturers. The trains are joined with a powered coupling that not only couples the trains but also connects the control buses, electrics, air etc. When the second manufacturer got the wiring diagram it somehow got reversed so they could only run one manufacturers trains together with the same set until everything was rewired. You see it's not just Airbus that does this kind of thing.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

DC wants a REAL bus station with a high enough roof?

This is a REAL bus station with a really really high roof, built right ontop of a train station's platforms!











Intermodal transportation at its finest...

Our Swiss friends or those who have visited Switzerland should recognize this station...

Getting back to the topic, here in Denver there are two city bus stations. One that is below the ground and one that is in an office building, much like this new DC station.

The one that is in an office building has a ramp right at the entance since the area for the buses is actually slightly below ground because of ceiling height. This was the only way to do it unless they made the 2nd floor of the office building really high, which they did not want to do.

If this DC station is not slightly below ground, perhaps they should attempt to dig up the existing bus parking space and make it slightly below ground as others have suggested.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 13):
If this DC station is not slightly below ground, perhaps they should attempt to dig up the existing bus parking space and make it slightly below ground as others have suggested.

Apparently not possible.

Quote:
Other solutions, such as raising the bus station's ceiling -- the lowest floor of an office building -- are unrealistic, officials say. Same for lowering the floor, which is at street level. Digging down would be costly and could affect the building's foundation.

Just another massive waste of government money where no one will be held accountable.


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 14):

Just another massive waste of government money where no one will be held accountable.

Nothing new here, reminds me of Boston's big dig..Heck the person in charge will more than likely get promoted.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 13):
Our Swiss friends or those who have visited Switzerland should recognize this station...

That looks very much like Chur to me, beginning of the beautiful Arosa metre gauge line?

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2121 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2115 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 9):
Maybe they could lower the street level of the busses paths or reconfigure the busses so their fuel supplies don't raise the height of the busses.

Lowering the street level is more likely than reconfiguring the buses. This would by no means be a simple fix and by looking at this picture, you'll understand why.

This particular bus here is powered by Natural Gas. Some hydrogen powered coaches have similar roofs as this one, however it extends right from the front of the bus, all the way to the rear.

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Having a roof over this type of vehicle is also potentially a safety hazard. Natural Gas is lighter than air, so when it is released into the atmosphere, naturally, it goes up. The gas is also very explosive. That being said, you can see why having a roof over a natural gas bus is not the greatest of ideas. This is also one of the reasons why the Toronto Transit Commision has rebuilt their Natural Gas units, into diesels.

Mark



You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Being involved with the transit industry, my observation is roof clearance situations are usually the fault of the building designer failing to take into account the standard motor vehicle clearances. We had such a situation here in Tucson, Arizona with a pedestrian bridge known locally as the "Rattlesnake" bridge (it was made to look like a rattlesnake). The designers originally made the verticle clearance too low-to the point that a normal tractor trailer would hit it (and did-TWICE before the bridge was built with the proper clearance). At Tucson International Airport, the terminal overhang at the landside dropoff on the upper level was designed improperly-again leaving insufficient clearance for commercial vehicles (specifically motorcoaches). It is now marked with a flashing amber light and low clearance sign.


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User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16):
That looks very much like Chur to me, beginning of the beautiful Arosa metre gauge line?

Sure is. And the Glacier Express (Express train to Brig, average speed 30 Km/h)


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