Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, September 26, 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 book is available through Amazon. For additional information please visit or call 202-974-2400.

1) OnStar Data Used to Study Auto Crashes
Link to AP story:
Link to news release from General Motors:

2) Air Traffic Radar and Radio Outage Hits Flights in Memphis Area
Link to Reuters story:

3) Singapore Launches Initiative to Develop Maritime Infocomm Technologies
By early 2008, all ships within 15 km of Singapore's shorelines will have access to low-cost and secure communication channels.
Link to story in the People’s Daily:

4) European Commission Unveils Urban Mobility Strategy
Making use of ITS part of plan.
Link to story on EurActiv:
Link to further information from the European Commission:

5) Terror Plot on Pennsylvania Turnpike? Well, Not Exactly
Two men taken into custody for taking unauthorized photos of facilities.
Link to story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

6) US Senate OKs Upgrade in Ohio River Communications System
Link to story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

7) Journalists Rate Toyota, Chrysler High on Media Relations
Link to story on just-auto: (may require free registration)

8) Ontario Ministry of Transportation Wins Diamond Award
Agency notes how ITS reduces collisions, improves clearance time and increases traveler information.
Link to story on InterGovWorld:

9) Volvos Alert Distracted Drivers
Link to story and video report on the Christian Broadcasting Network:

10) New York City Gets a Parking Spot-Com
Web site maps out Manhattan’s on-street parking locations, including legal time and places.
Link to story in the New York Post:
Link to Primo Spot:

News Releases

1) Adds TrafficCast Dynaflow for Interactive Platforms

Upcoming Events
Location Based Services and Galileo Workshop – October 17 – Turin, Italy

Today in Transportation History
2002 - The ferry, Joola, traveling from Senegal, sinks off the Gambian coast. Nearly 1,000 people died.


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