Letters to the EditorGoogle supercool
I am submitting the following public letter to Google for publication.
Dear Google: I am your loyalest pet old superfan in Mountain View. I'd be happy to grovel for the gigasupermagicfast interwebs access for Mountain View, but much more important is my need to be the Coolest Damn Granny on Earth!
Obviously you must test the magic crazyfast connections in our mutual hometown. Whenever I call the White House to push healthcare or call the Speaker's office or the Leader's office, I say I'm calling "from Mountain View, Home of Google" or "I'm calling from Mountain View California, GoogleLand."
I was the earliest adopter of instant and total pride in being a Google nut. How could I possibly bear not having the fastest connection? Being the ultra-coolest is extremely essential for the wellbeing of a cool old person. You're going to make some old geek in Duluth cooler than me? Please do not break my heart.
Bikes good for Caltrain
More bicycles are good for Caltrain. After a modest increase in onboard bicycle capacity, Caltrain's fare-box revenue increased by more than $350,000 in 2009, and the payback period was less than six months. The bike capacity increase also enhanced Caltrain's service reliability, improved on-time performance, and reduced the number of automobile miles driven.
With such favorable outcomes from the bike capacity increase and with continued unmet demand for onboard bike space, we recommend that Caltrain improve service consistency this spring, such that all trains can carry 80 bikes.
Currently bike capacity varies unpredictably from 40 to 80 bikes per train. Cyclists with paid tickets are left behind due to inconsistent bike capacity. Service consistency is crucial to avoid driving away paying customers.
Service consistency can be achieved by replacing only 2 percent of seats with bike racks on existing rolling stock. No negative impact on total ridership is expected, because all trains have empty seats at peak load, and Caltrain predicts stagnant ridership through 2014.
Adding more bike capacity in 2010 is expected to improve Caltrain's performance akin to the performance improvements of 2009, as described in a pdf report found here: www.tinyurl.com/Performance2009.