Q&A on the News

Q: How many passengers can Air Force One carry?

-- Janet Peterson, Rome

A: Air Force One, which refers to one of two customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, can hold 79 passengers and 28 crew, according to the U.S. Air Force. The 4,000-square-foot plane has two food preparation galleys that can feed 100 people at a time, a suite for the president, a medical suite, and quarters for senior advisers, traveling press, Secret Service officers and others.

Q: When is the crosswalk going to be painted back at Roswell Road and Sardis Way N.E.? The road was paved a few months ago, and the lines or the crosswalk sign was never replaced.

-- Tyler Lynch, Atlanta

A: That crosswalk did not meet the standards for crosswalks, and the Georgia Department of Transportation is not replacing that crosswalk until a study of the Roswell Road corridor to look for potential better solutions is completed, said Georgia DOT spokesman Mark D. McKinnon. The primary factors when determining the placement of crosswalks are traffic volumes, speed and number of lanes being crossed; the DOT also considers pedestrian traffic and proximity to other crosswalks and intersections. The DOT is doing a comprehensive review of busy corridors like Roswell Road, and it is talking to pedestrian advocacy groups and conducting studies about how to best meet the needs of all users, he said.

Lori Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or e-mail q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).