LC^3T: Swift Current

2010-01-08

in Canada, Daily updates, Travel

I am now 24 hours into the return journey, heading for Winnipeg. There will be no significant stopover there this time, so it is just another stop.

From a carbon perspective, it has been good to see that the bus is still operating close to capacity, well after the end of the peak holiday period. All the ones I have been on have been more than 2/3 full during the long intercity segments.

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Tristan January 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Doesn’t the bus emit the same amount of Carbon whether it’s full or not? To be technical, it would probably emit more when it is full, but each rider would contribute only a small fraction since the bus weighs 10,000lbs empty.

Milan January 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The bus has a Gross Vehicle Weight of just over 20 metric tonnes.

Obviously, it is better for 54 people to be sharing that than 40 or 20.

Yes, each additional passenger adds a bit of variable weight, but they take responsibility for more fixed weight.

Tristan January 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Gross Vehicle Weight means the maximum weight the vehicle can be and still travel legally. So, it seems quite unlikely that it would ever be that heavy when it is half empty.

As for “sharing” – why is it better than the bus be full than say, 20 people stay home? I think the emphasis on personal carbon output, which requires this “sharing” math, takes the emphasis off the need for absolute reductions in the same way as intensity based targets miss the point.

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