Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, January 11, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) FAA Approves Satellite-Guided Aircraft Approaches for UPS
First such use of satellite-guided merging and spacing during airport approaches in the United States.
Link to story in GPS World:
http://tl.gpsworld.com/gpstl/Avionics+%26+Transportation+News/FAA-Approves-Satellite-Guided-Aircraft-Approaches-/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/483604?contextCategoryId=33830

CARTOGRAPHY

2) China to Finish Updating National Geographic Info Database in 2010
Link to Xinhua story:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/11/content_7406327.htm

3) Behind the Scenes, Tech Firms Mapping the World
Link to AFP story:
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jgbfFaFktDJpWAWYEGifSeCzx8vw

SAFETY / SECURITY

4) New Ideas to Stop Car-Deer Crashes
Link to story and video report on the CBS Evening News:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/10/eveningnews/main3698120.shtml
Link to further information from JAFA Technologies:
http://www.jafatech.com/highlights.htm#Wildlife%20Crossing%20Guard

5) Driver’s License Rules Tightened for Millions in US
Link to AP story:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20080111_Drivers_license_rules_tightened_for_millions.html
Link to news release from the US Department of Homeland Security:
http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1200065427422.shtm

6) For Speeders, New Technology Puts Spin on Radar Detecting
Link to story from The Wall Street Journal:
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080111/BUSINESS/801110322/1003

7) Report Finds Transportation Security Administration's Traveler Web Site had Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
Link to story in Government Technology:
http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/247007
Link to report from the US House of Representatives:
http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20080111092648.pdf

8) Using Highways for No-Notice Evacuations – Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series
Link to report from the Federal Highway Administration:
http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/evac_primer_nn/index.htm

TELEMATICS

9) Man Sues Audi, OnStar for Making His Car ‘Useless’
Claims the switch from analog to digital systems caused his system to become obsolete and his car to decline in value.
Link to story in the West Virginia Record:
http://www.wvrecord.com/news/206074-man-sues-audi-onstar-for-making-his-car-useless

TRANSIT

10) High-Tech Center Aims to Improve Jacksonville Transit
Link to story in The Florida Times-Union:
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/011108/met_235433651.shtml

11) Public Address Systems for All NYC Subway Stations in 2 Years: Transit President
Link to story in the Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/01/11/2008-01-11_publicaddress_systems_for_all_subway_sta.html

12) Washington Metro Eyes a Makeover
High-tech design comes with operational, financial obstacles.
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/10/AR2008011003458.html (may require free registration)

13) New York MTA Hopes HD Video Subway Ads Will Boost Revenue
Link to story from amNew York:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/transportation/ny-nyad115533534jan11,0,1147569.story

14) Developing a Printed Transit Information Material Design Manual
Link to guidebook and report from the National Center for Transit Research:
http://www.nctr.usf.edu/abstracts/abs77710.htm

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

15) Pennsylvania DOT Targets Tie-Ups with Color
Agency has begun erecting color-coded detour signs on highways and byways near interstates and expressways.
Link to story in The Philadelphia Inquirer:
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20080111_PennDot_targets_tie-ups_with_color.html

16) Ada County (Idaho) Highway District Traffic Maestro Keeps Things Moving
Link to story in the Idaho Statesman:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/261412.html
Link to ACHD Advanced Traffic Information System: http://www.achd.ada.id.us/ATIS/Default.aspx

17) South Dakota Weighs Factors for Travel Advisories
Link to story in the Rapid City Journal:
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/01/11/news/top/doc4785b7e0cf463891235006.txt

18) More Drivers Calling In, Logging On Before Traveling in South Dakota
Link to story in the Rapid City Journal:
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/01/11/news/top/doc47878cae17224728801590.txt
Link to news release from the South Dakota Department of Transportation:
http://www.sddot.com/geninfo_news.asp?mode=detail&ID=1012
Link to South Dakota DOT traveler information:
http://safetravelusa.com/sd/

19) ─░stanbulites Access Traffic Info Through Cell Phones
Link to story in Today’s Zaman:
http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=131393&bolum=101
Link to further information from the ─░stanbul Metropolitan Municipality:
http://www.ibb.gov.tr/tr-TR/Pages/Haber.aspx?NewsID=15430 (in Turkish)


News Releases
1)
Go North East Becomes First UK Bus Company to Offer Tickets by Mobile Phones
2) Texas Forming Citizen Advisory Committees on Transportation Corridors


Upcoming Events
2nd Middle East Conference & Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems – April 14-15 - Manama, Bahrain
http://www.itsarab.org/Portals/0/prelim_prog_eng_lores031207.pdf


Friday Bonus
I could swear it was there last night.
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=82778&in_page_id=2


Today in Transportation History
1935 – Amelia Earhart left Honolulu on last leg of solo trans-Pacific flight.
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0111.html#article

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