Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, July 16, 2007 -- ISSN 1529-1057

Preliminary Agenda Available for ITS America's 2007 Business Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for ITS America’s 2007 Business Leadership Conference, set for September 10-12 in Washington, DC. This event is designed for CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives only. This conference will bring together a distinguished panel of speakers who will explore emerging markets and business trends and provide a forum for corporate executives to investigate opportunities in the ITS marketplace. Presentations and interactive seminars will address a broad range of issues such as: Innovative Approaches for ITS Funding, Legislative and Public Policy Issues, Future of Transportation, and China and the Global Economy. To view a full copy of the preliminary agenda and to register, visit

1) Georgia Introduces 511 for Driving Info
Link to story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

2) GM Banking on OnStar Growth
Link to story in the Detroit Free Press:

3) Traffic Monitors Caught in a Jam
San Diego area traffic management center struggles with staff shortage.
Link to story in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

4) California Tops in Car Thefts, but It Shuns US Database
Link to story in The Sacramento Bee:

5) FCC Plan Exempts Public Safety Band
Link to story in USA Today:

6) Kansas City Scout Will Expand Area’s Traffic Management System
Link to story in The Kansas City Star:

7) Now, Dial C to Catch a Car Thief
Auto component makers are using mobile SIM cards and the GSM module to communicate with vehicles.
Link to story in The Times of India:

8) Sat-Nav Rival Could Crash and Burn
European system taking on US military's GPS faces collapse over multi-billion-pound deficit.
Link to story in The Observer:,,2126734,00.html

9) Israel’s Ayalon Highway Considering Several Steps to Improve Traffic
Expanding control system, increasing electronic signs, and making traffic information available, among steps being considered.
Link to story in Haaretz:

10) Connecticut DOT Cameras: County Leaders Want Access
Link to story in the Greenwich Time:,0,5740891.story?coll=green-news-local-headlines

11) US Eyes Single Contractor of New Global Positioning System
Link to Reuters story:

12) Real-Time Technology, Multi-Utility Cards to Boost Indian Transport Network
Single smart cards for entry to multiple transport systems, real-time bus schedules on the cards for intelligent transportation systems project.
Link to story in The Indian Express:

13) India's Ashok Leyland, Siemens VDO in Joint Venture
Link to Reuters story:

14) Signals No Light Order; Maryland Traffic System Maze of Technology
Link to story in the Daily Banner:

15) Two Japan Ministries Split Over Radio Wave Policy
New system would levy fees on the expressway-based electronic toll collection system, among other information technology devices.
Link to story in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

16) Traffic Reporter Puts Writer in Clouds
Newspaperman views Detroit-area traffic from a traffic reporter’s vantage point.
Link to story in the Detroit Free Press:

17) No Coins, No Problem with New FlexPay Meter Pilot Project
Beverly Hills and surround communities first in the world to use these high-tech meters.
Link to story in the Canyon News:

Upcoming Events
Strategic Highway Research Program 2: Second Safety Research Symposium – July 26-27 – Washington, DC

Today in Transportation History
1987 **20th anniversary** – British Caledonian and British Airways announced plans to merge.

2007 – The new Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened to traffic.


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