Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 -- ISSN 1529-1057

New Book Driving Questions – Developing a National Transportation Vision by Northeastern University Professor of Strategy, Joseph M. Giglio, Ph.D.

The book outlines the current status of the nation's surface transportation system, what a long-range vision of the system might look like and what we should do to turn strategy into reality. The author argues that developing a strategy to address the country's future transportation needs starts with analyzing the evolving external environment. To understand the future needs of surface transportation customers, we must begin by identifying and evaluating the economic, demographic, technological and socio-political variables shaping the future. The author focuses on the key unasked and unanswered questions that should be driving our search for a sound vision of the surface transportation system in America. Also, he suggests a series of guiding principles to guide policymakers as they seek answers to these questions.

The publication date is April 30. For additional information please visit or call 202-974-2400.

1) New Low-Fare Airline Tries Web-Only Approach
Link to story from The New York Times:
Link to Skybus:

2) 511 Instituted in Northeast Florida
Link to story in The Times-Union:

3) Technology to Help Cities Manage Booming USA
Link to story in USA Today:

4) ‘Smart Traffic Sign’ to be Tested in Tel Aviv
Link to story in The Jerusalem Post:

5) Drivers Who Direct
Los Angeles motorists let off steam by making videos tied to area's legendary traffic snarls.
Link to story in the Daily Breeze:

6) New York Motorists Stuck for Hours by Road Work that Closes Hutchinson River Parkway Lanes with No Warning
Cameras and electronic signs not used to alert drivers, also communication gaps between agencies.
Link to story in The Journal News:

7) New Standards Updates (April 2007) Available on ITS Standards Web Site
Link to updates:

8) OnStar, MapQuest Unite in Joint Venture
Link to AP story:
Link to news release from OnStar:

News Releases

1) HipCricket and Total Traffic Network Offer Real-Time Traffic Alerts via Text and E-Mail

2) Ask Patty Launches the MyCarPage Service for Women
Link to Ask Patty:

Upcoming Events
4th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design – July 9-12 – Stevenson, Washington

Today in Transportation History
1507 **500th anniversary** - “America” is first used on a map by cartographer Martin Waldseemüller on the map “Universalis Cosmographia.”


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