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antedeluvian
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Re: CD life - show me!
antedeluvian   2/17/2016 11:32:11 AM
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Elizabeth

The thing I'm more concerned about is if we'll still have CD readers in 30 years and software to decode the data.

Since it is possible to listen to (or a least access) an LP record via a scanner, maybe someone will come up with another access method for CDs when it becomes necessary.

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elizabethsimon   2/17/2016 11:00:00 AM
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The thing I'm more concerned about is if we'll still have CD readers in 30 years and software to decode the data.

 

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Re: PCC streetcars
JGrubbs   2/16/2016 6:21:52 PM
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Oops forgot the link.

http://www.jtbell.net/transit/types/light-rail/

 

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Re: PCC streetcars
JGrubbs   2/16/2016 6:19:57 PM
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Here is a website that has information and pictures of streetcar systems that are still in use and of new modern street car systems.

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Re: Everything old is new again
Max The Magnificent   2/16/2016 2:37:21 PM
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@David: ahh, forget it :-)

Currently running a victory lap around my office :-)

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Re: Everything old is new again
David Ashton   2/16/2016 2:01:25 PM
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@Max...ahh, forget it :-)

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Re: Everything old is new again
Clive"Max"Maxfield   2/16/2016 1:56:08 PM
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@David: ...haven't you ever seen a Zimbabwean before?

Before what?

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Re: Everything old is new again
David Ashton   2/16/2016 1:52:54 PM
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@Max haven't you ever seen a Zimbabwean before? :-)

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betajet   2/16/2016 1:33:21 PM
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Ah well, at least you still have Boston... and San Francisco!  SF has lots of historic streetcars from around the world.  The most picturesque are the ones from Milan.  You get on one of those and you're in an Italian Neo-Realist film (except that it's been colorized :-)  They also have a couple of open-air "boat trams" from Blackpool that are used for special occasions.

New Orleans still ran historic streetcars down Charles Street when I was there in the early 00s.  Unfortunately, I think "Desire" is now a bus :-)

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Re: PCC streetcars
antedeluvian   2/16/2016 1:10:47 PM
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traneus, Max et al

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (the MBTA) is still running PCC streetcars on one end of the Red Line (which has three ends), between Ashmont and Mattapan.

Toronto still has quite a few streetcar lines and is in the process of upgrading the streetcars. Unfortunatley the manufacturers are running way behind, and I think are about to be sued. Every now and again there is some debate about treplacing the lines with buses, but so far they have managed to hold their own.

Toronto is also building several LRTs. Quite how many is a matter of conjecture because city council keeps flip-flopping between extending the subway system(which they don't have sufficient funds for) and LRTs (which maybe they have funds for).

The area I live in (just north of Toronto) has a system of rapid transit buses intended to operate like a LRT with dedicated bus lanes etc.

And yet Toronto is far from mass transit nirvana. The car is still king.

 

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