Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, November 8, 2007 -- ISSN 1529-1057

Join IBTTA for the
4th Annual Transportation Finance Summit – Washington, DC, December 3-4, 2007 at the Fairmont Hotel

The Federal Highway Trust Fund will go bust in the next 12 months. Many state transportation trust funds face a similar destiny. More and more states and regions are waking up to the reality that they cannot rely on the Federal government alone to solve the transportation funding crisis. They must solve their problems on their own or with limited help from Washington. The experts at the 4th annual IBTTA Transportation Finance Summit in Washington, DC, December 3-4 are veterans of funding battles won and lost. They know what works and what doesn’t. This Summit is designed to be a tool box for elected officials, transportation leaders and practitioners in states, cities, counties, regions, town and MPOs. Download the program, find the details and
register online today for the Transportation Finance Summit!

1) Industry Alliance Aims to Link FAA’s New Systems
Contractor companies hope to increase the interoperability of the air traffic control systems they are building for the agency.
Link to story in Aviation Week:'s%20New%20Systems

2) Toyota to Bring Car Telematics Service to China
Link to Nikkei story:

3) Tele Atlas 'Recommends' Bid from Garmin Competitor
Link to story in The Kansas City Star:

4) New Railroad Signal in Michigan Town Saves First Responders Time, Hopefully Lives
System alerts emergency services of trains blocking or approaching grade crossings.
Link to story in The Voice:

5) 'Big Brother' to Get Powerful Boost in New South Wales
Government is pushing to allow the use of intelligent transport systems to monitor heavy vehicles for "asset protection and compliance" purposes.Link to story in Bus + Coach:

6) Life in the Slow Lane
Americans should demand 'open road' electronic toll collection.
Link to commentary in The Wall Street Journal:

7) Highway 402 Cameras in Ontario Expected to Reduce 'Nuisance' Calls
Link to story in Today's Trucking:

8) Rogers Wireless to Offer Nationwide, Cell-Based Traffic Info in Canada
Link to story in Today's Trucking:
Link to news release from IntelliOne:

9) 511 Provides Local Assistance During Wildfire Emergency
Link to story in rEgion:

News Releases

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Launches Real-Time Electronic Alert System for Tunnels and Bridge Users
2) New York State Thruway Authority Launches New Mapping Interface to Provide Incidents & Traffic Cameras to Customers
3) Helps Thanksgiving Drivers Avoid Roadway Bottlenecks
4) Personal Navigation Devices Will Surpass 100 Million Units by 2011

Upcoming Events
ITS California Annual Meeting – December 3-4 – Industry Hills, California

Today in Transportation History
1969 - The last train leaves Chicago’s Grand Central Station.


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