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  1. N&O Site

    Wasn't so much computer control of a telephony switch but rather the type of switch matrix. The 1ESS introduced in the mid-1960s had computer control but its switch matrix was still inefficient in terms of square footage. The 1AESS introduced in 1976 was better but it was quickly surpassed by Nortel's DMS-100 and later the 5ESS. The last 1AESS in AT&T's network was replaced last year by a product from Genband, a successor to Nortel. Many telcos around the world have made a one-time killing by selling their surplus real estate... British Telecom in London, for example. But my guess is that most of the downtown copper pairs and possibly fiber pairs come into that building. Not likely it will go anywhere.
  2. Triangle Growth - Issues & Opportunities

    I was horrified at the 650 number also. NCDOT might have reasons for it, but I doubt anyone tasked them to minimize the footprint during design. It does illustrate, however, the growth in Johnston County. 200,000 people there now, compared to 100,000 twenty years ago. Projections say 250,000 in ten years... the fastest-growing county in the state by percentage, even more than Chatham, headed for 400,000+ by 2050. At that point, the 540/40/70 intersection becomes one of the busiest in the Triangle. Could it be that for once, NCDOT is being proactive? And I doubt most of those 50,000 new residents will be working in DTR. More likely their jobs will be distributed across the Triangle. As for an outer outer loop, it will never happen... for the same reason that metro Atlanta reduced its plan for GA 500 (their "Outer Perimeter") to just an arc between 11 o'clock and 2 o'clock. What you might ultimately see is a connector between I-85 and US 1 through Granville County, an improved NC 96 between Zebulon and Selma, and an improved US 421 between Sanford and Dunn... case-by-case improvements, that is.
  3. Triangle Economic News

    Yes, HKG is a major connecting point. I go through there six times a year on my way to Singapore, KL, etc. But as convenient as it would be for me personally, I can't see RDU-HKG. HKG is dominated by the established big players (Cathay Pacific, American, United, Delta) none of whom would be interested in RDU. Plus, for citizens of the PRC, getting permission even to transit at HKG on the outbound involves additional paperwork. There has been a significant Korean community in Atlanta for 40 years, and now there is additional demand because of the Hyundai/Kia plants (and plants of their component vendors) on I-85 between Atlanta and Montgomery... same story as what drives flights between Charlotte and Germany. I've been on flights between Atlanta and Montgomery when more than half the seats were filled with Koreans. AA was late to the party in Asia. Northwest was historically a player, then they were bought by Delta. United bought the Asia routes of Pan Am, another historic player. At first American tried to participate in Asia with Canadian Airlines out of Vancouver. But Canadian went bust, leaving American in a catch-up position. They have recovered somewhat by getting Japan Air Lines and Cathay Pacific into Oneworld. A lot of people fly to Narita on American, especially in business class where the high dollars are, and make onward connections on JAL there. Both JAL and Cathay are superb.
  4. Triangle Economic News

    AA flies DFW-Shanghai, DFW-Beijing, and DFW-Hong Kong. They also fly LAX-Hong Kong, LAX-Beijing, LAX-Shanghai, Chicago-Shanghai, and Chicago-Beijing. That's a lot of daily seats, not counting people who connect at Narita for cities in China. For years people have warned that AA was going too far. AA replies that they are committed to the market. I still believe that RDU is likely to be served by China Southern, China Eastern, Hainan, or one of the others.
  5. Triangle Economic News

    The 788 is viable. I'm not convinced about the load factor on a 789. Problem is, the Chinese international airlines haven't been big buyers of any 787 variant. They have some but not many. As far as Airbus aircraft are concerned, the A338neo is too scarce and their other aircraft, like the Boeing 777, are probably too big. I don't believe there is much chance that American, Delta, or United will fly RDU-China nonstop. In any event, runway length at RDU will indeed be an issue, at least in summer. Until RDU builds the new runway, an outbound from RDU would presumably fly to IAD for refueling; the runways there are 11,500.
  6. Raleigh Union Station

    Does "grand opening" = "the day when trains start calling at RUS instead of today's station"?
  7. Triangle Economic News

    I've been to China on business 7 times in the last few years. The trick with RDU-China is that only a few aircraft can fly the nonstop route profitably. You need range of 7000+ miles, but the route won't draw enough passengers to make a very large aircraft feasible. This restricts the choice of aircraft considerably, and airlines have many uses already for such an aircraft. My guess is that the route will happen eventually, but it will be a Chinese airline that offers service three or four times a week at the outset. I think it's very unlikely to be a Oneworld member/affiliate... more likely to be SkyTeam than Star.
  8. Triangle Economic News

    Delta's RDU-Paris nonstop is a good thing to have, and an RDU-China nonstop would be good too. But the ongoing commitment of American Airlines to RDU-LHR nonstop continues to be a big plus for the Triangle... especially since Delta is still operating its CDG flight with a narrow-body 757 during the winter.
  9. Where should HQ2 go?

    Yes it's a reasonably balanced article. Perhaps a bit heavy on Raleigh vs RTP or Durham, but after all it's a Raleigh newspaper.
  10. Downtown Morrisville

    If there is Durham-Raleigh commuter rail someday, surely there will be a stop in RTP and a stop in Cary. Another stop in between would make sense. Beautiful downtown Morrisville? In a timeframe much farther out, like 20-40 years, we might see commuter rail Raleigh-Knightdale-Wendell-Zebulon. Whether stations would be built in former "downtowns" or in undeveloped areas for park-and-ride lots, I don't think anyone has seriously studied. As in Morrisville, the ability of those main streets to handle hundreds of cars at rush-hour is unclear.
  11. Downtown Morrisville

    Wow. Wasn't that long ago when Morrisville was just a wide spot in the road, with Billy Sauls as mayor (he used to own the gas station at the corner of US 70 and Westgate). Morrisville's population was 251 in 1980, 1022 in 1990. Downtown?? Now it's 24,732 and rocketing up.
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  13. Raleigh Union Station

    I have read that the Cabarrus St crossing will be closed Monday-Friday next week while NS realigns tracks for the new station.
  14. Raleigh Union Station

    Meanwhile the City is pushing ahead on a West St tunnel, although it will mean closing the RR crossing at Cabarrus. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/traffic/article202620264.html
  15. Raleigh Union Station

    Here's the one for 4 daily trains. Again, 2009. This one might be superseded because more recent thinking would favor an evening departure Raleigh-Charlotte because Amtrak 79 is so unpredictable.