[Talk-us] GeoBus Discussion

Katie Filbert filbertk at gmail.com
Sun Aug 22 20:39:26 BST 2010

On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM, Jim McAndrew <jim at loc8.us> wrote:

> Blars,
> I do realize that the telephone format is inconvenient to a lot of people,
> especially considering time zones and availability.  It is a good suggestion
> to move it to an email list.
Agree.  Being on conference calls at specified time is not the best for me.
IRC or email is good.

> As far as the amount of work involved, we know that getting an old school
> bus is expensive and won't be easy.  The mileage, insurance, and fuel cost
> are all concerns to us.  Thea Clay is currently in the process of pricing
> the total cost of ownership for different vehicles, and we think that a VW
> bus will probably be the best solution for this idea.

When do you think this would happen?  Duration?  Would anyone really be
available for the entire duration? or just portions?

Agree with the concerns over costs and burden of maintenance.  Do we really
want to maintain something in the long-term?  What about renting a vehicle?
Considering the costs of ownership, perhaps this might be a better option?

Also, what about taking Amtrak across the country? (always been interested
in doing this)  Amtrak offers unlimited passes for 15 days, 30 days, or 45
days of travel.  They also have good group specials and perhaps we could
lower the costs.

I would also be happy doing car trips at a smaller scale, doing outreach at
universities and engaging people, (e.g. ambassadors, trainers) and
scheduling things during weekends.

In reality, not sure how much vacation time I would have for this anyway,
versus other ways of spending vacation time.


> If you would like, I can send you the meeting minutes from last week's
> meeting.
> --
> Jim McAndrew
> On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM, Blars Blarson <
> openstreetmap-talk-us at scd.debian.net> wrote:
>> In article <AANLkTinHg331nOZJxJHKwCeG2va+gnBCErhTZXm7pY_q at mail.gmail.com<AANLkTinHg331nOZJxJHKwCeG2va%2BgnBCErhTZXm7pY_q at mail.gmail.com>>
>> jim at loc8.us writes:
>> >Tomorrow (Thursday) night at 8pm EST, we are going to have a meeting to
>> >discuss the GeoBus.
>> You should realize by making it a phone discussion, you are excluding
>> some people.  I'm much more likely to participate in an email or IRC
>> discussion.
>> I think you are underestimating the amount of work involved in such a
>> conversion.  Used busses (school, local or long distance) tend to be
>> very high mileage and need a lot of maintenance.  I think a used RV
>> should also be considered, they tend to have maintenance issues from
>> lack of use.  Also, the bus is more likely to need a commercial
>> drivers licence.
>> --
>> Blars Blarson                   blarson at scd.debian.net
>> With Microsoft, failure is not an option.  It is a standard feature.
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Katie Filbert
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