Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057



AVIATION

1) Family Booted Off Southwest Airlines After Dad Tweeted About 'Rude' Gate Agent
Link to story on ABC's Good Morning America:

2) Articles from Future Travel Experience
 -  Turkish Airlines Uses iBeacons to offer Free Access to Digital Sky Library
 -  Copenhagen Airport Asks Travelers to Help Define the Airport of the Future
 -  Qantas Launches Interactive Digital Experience in Australian Airport Lounges
 -  Improving Airport Security and Immigration Pain Points with a Risk-Based Approach, Automation and More Choice

CARTOGRAPHY

3) Q&A: Nokia Here Targets iOS and Android, Expanding Its Role as the 'Location Cloud'
Link to article on GeekWire:

4) Paper Maps Have Kept Their Usefulness, Fans Say
Link to article in the Hartford Courant:

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION

5) GM CEO to Keynote Detroit Forum on 'Smart' Cars
Link to article in The Detroit News:
Link to news release

OTHER

6) New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Florida Pizza Restaurants Spar Over Logo
Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

7) Congressman Bill Shuster: Technology Plays Key Role in Transportation
Link to commentary in The Washington Times:

PARKING

8) New Site, App Posts Parking Garage Rates in Portland, Oregon
Link to story on KOIN-TV:

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

9) Michigan Transportation Officials Delay I-94 Modernization Project to Seek Extensive Public Input
Link to article on MLive:

10) Los Angeles Gets Snarky About Obama Traffic Delays: #ThanksObama
Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

11) US Transportation Secretary Joins Push to Prevent 'Hot Car' Deaths
Link to article in The Hill:

ROADWAYS

12) Better Traffic-Light Timing Will Get You There Faster
Link to article in Smithsonian:

SAFETY / SECURITY

13) US Terror Watchlist Can Include Dead, Acquitted Suspects
Link to article in The Hill:

14) To Snag Hit-and-Run Drivers, California Officials Want to Tap Technology
Link to McClatchy News Service article:

15) Iowa's Texting-While-Driving Ban Not Reducing Crashes, Hard to Enforce
Link to article on IowaWatch.org:

16) California Highway Patrol Removes Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Safety Guidelines
Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

17) Safety Changes Made in Newfoundland Following Highway Worker's Death
Link to article in The Gulf News:

TAXIS / RIDESHARING

18) Flywheel App Launches Advance Taxi Booking to San Francisco Airport
Link to article in The Examiner:
Link to news release

TRANSIT

19) Hampton Roads Transit Agencies Turning to Apps that Provide Real-Time Bus Schedule Information
Link to article in the Daily Press:

20) New York City Subway Riders Group Proposes New Signage for Service Changes
Link to article in amNew York:

21) Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins George Mason Competition
Link to article Mobility Lab:

22) Voiceover Veteran to be Voice of Tucson's Sun Link Streetcar
Link to article in the Arizona Daily Star:

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

23) Does Toronto's New Transportation Operations Center Have Power to Fix Gridlock?
Link to article in the National Post:

24) How Accurate Are Portland, Oregon's New 'Travel Time' Highway Signs?
Link to column in The Oregonian:

VEHICLES

25) Industry Wants Green Light for Smart Cars
Link to article in The Hill:

26) GM Rolling Out 2015 Vehicles with Wireless Hotspots
Link to article in the Detroit Free Press:

News Releases


Upcoming Events
T3 Webinar: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit-Part II – August 7


Today in Transportation History    
1904 **110th anniversary** James Rhyne Killian, Jr., who played a key role in the establishment of NASA and was the 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was born in Blacksburg, South Carolina.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057

The USDOT is hosting a one-day community transportation workshop in conjunction with the National Rural ITS (NRITS) Conference on August 26, 2014 in Branson, Missouri. The workshop aims to promote knowledge transfer and information sharing of innovative community transportation practices and the use of ITS and connected vehicle technologies to enhance individual mobility.  The workshop will also include updates on the Mobility Services for All Americans (MSAA), Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI), and Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) programs. To view the agenda and registration information, click here


ELECTRONIC TOLLING

1) South African Transport Minister Blames Cyber Attacks for E-Toll Billing Problems
Link to article in Business Day:

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION

2) Articles from VTT Impulse
 -  Transport Gets Smart (Page 30)
 -  Intelligent Transport: A Trump Card for Finnish Export (page 46)

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

3) Transportation Gets Social
Link to article in Public Roads:

TRANSIT

4) Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Humorous Ads on Chicago Transit
Link to article in RedEye:

5) Photographing the 'Most Beautiful Subway System in the World'
Link to article on PetaPixel and story on BBC News:

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

6) Toronto Unveils Upgraded Transportation Operations Center
Link to story on Global News:

7) Regional Transportation Management Center Expected to Open Next Year in Jacksonville, Florida
Link to article in the Financial News & Daily Record:

VEHICLES

8) Boston a Big Test for Self-Driving Cars
Link to article in The Boston Globe:

9) How Ford Plans to Win the Future Like a Software Company
Link to article on TechRepublic:

10) Why We Need Tesla and Google
Link to blog from Strategy Analytics:



Upcoming Events
US DOT Connected Vehicle PlugFest – August 5-7 – Farmington Hills, Michigan


Today in Transportation History    
1999 **15th anniversary** An All Nippon Airways flight was hijacked over Japan. The captain, Naoyuki Nagashima, was killed but the flight landed safely.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057

The Gulf Region ITS, ITS Florida, and ITS Georgia state chapters have joined together to proudly host the ITS 3C Summit meeting September 14-17 in Mobile, Alabama. The highly anticipated premier regional meeting is projected to bring together over 700 transportation industry professionals, local and state officials, engineers, planners, and emergency management personnel from across the southeast. The program will feature informative technical sessions, challenging discussions, advanced training, technical tours, an innovative technology showcase, and of course, some networking and social events you don’t want to miss! Additionally, DOT directors from across the southeast will gather for a DOT CEO roundtable to discuss important industry topics and share their state’s respective experiences. Stay up to date with ITS 3C Summit happenings on the event website www.its3csummit.com

Register Today! Event early bird rates, discounted hotel rates and exhibitor opportunities expire at the end of July. Check out the website for the latest news and event updates. See you in Mobile! 


AVIATION

1) Anniston, Alabama Airport Needs Grant for Signage Upgrades
Link to article in The Anniston Star:

2) Detroit Metro Airport Ranked Highest in US in Wi-Fi Speed
Link to story on WWJ Radio:
Link to news release

3) The Single European Sky: 'We Have a Problem'
Link to commentary on Euractiv:

4) Senator Schatz: FAA Backs Honolulu's Ban on Aerial Advertising
Link to blog on Honolulu Civil Beat:

CAMERAS

5) Ohio Buys 'Blimp in a Box' for Surveillance
Link to article in The Columbus Dispatch:

OTHER

6) Study: Travelers' Use of Personal Electronic Devices Rising Sharply
Link to article in Metro:
Link to study

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

7) Minnesota Study Reveals Public Misperceptions About Local Transportation Issues
Link to blog on Crossroads:

8) Emails Reveal Feds and Rail Companies Pressured States to Keep Oil-by-Rail Information Secret
Link to DeSmogBlog:

RAILROADS

9) Rail Operators Strive to Keep Up with Demand for Train Wi-Fi
Link to article in the International Railway Journal:

SAFETY / SECURITY

10) Red Alert App Warns of Imminent Missile Attacks in Israel
Link to article in Computerworld:

11) Colorado DOT Takes on Selfies in Driving Course
Link to article in The Denver Post:

TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

12) Newsletter from Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force of Metro Atlanta
Link to newsletter:

TRANSIT

13) UK Public Transport Bodies: Producing Lots of Data, Not Necessarily Making the Most of It
Link to article in New Statesman:

14) New York's CDTA Gets 'Smart'
Link to story on WAMC Radio:

15) How Do Trains in the Netherlands Show Which Cars Have Empty Seats?
Link to article in Government Technology:

VEHICLES

16) Iowa Officials Hope to Entice Driverless Vehicle Makers
Link to article in the Iowa City Press-Citizen:

17) Hacking Experts Build Device to Protect Cars from Cyber Attacks
Link to Reuters article:

18) Verizon on the Connected Car: Location is Key
Link to article on ZDNet:


News Releases


Upcoming Events
The Great American Trucking Show – August 21-23 – Dallas


Today in Transportation History    
1894 **110th anniversary** The world's first motoring competition took place between Paris and Rouen, France.

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