Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, January 24, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Nashville and Austin Offer Live Music in Their Airports
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Link to further information from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:
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2) Russia Agency Told Fix Satnav, Forget Space Travel
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3) US Needs to Move on Next Generation GPS Satellite: Official
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4) US Transportation Security Administration Reports Progress in Port Identification Card Program
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5) Judge Says Missouri Must Issue License Plate with ‘Choose Life’
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6) Proposal Axes Pay for CSX Flagmen
Florida legislation would stop state from paying for railroad personnel on public roads projects.
Link to story in The Tampa Tribune:

7) January Issue of European Rail Traffic Management System’s Signal
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8) Johannesburg Plans Solar Traffic Lights to Cope with Cuts
Link to story in The Star:

9) New Dallas Hub Houses Transportation Agencies, Will Monitor Roads with Cameras
Link to story in The Dallas Morning News: (may require free registration)
Link to Dallas/Fort Worth traffic conditions from Texas DOT:


10) Texas DOT Traffic Cameras Could Help Austin Police with Crime
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11) Public Transport ‘Smart Card’ to Start Next Week in Queensland
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Link to news release from the Queensland Government:

12) Chicago Transit Authority Says Cameras in New Trains Will Help with Response to Emergencies
Link to story in the Chicago Tribune:,1,5531708.story (may require free registration)
Link to news release from the CTA:

13) Lazy Option is Best When Waiting for the Bus
People frustrated by the delayed arrival of a bus should wait for it to show up rather than walk to their destination, mathematicians say.
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14) Montgomery County, Maryland Storm Center Debuts in Time for Snowfall
County is the first in the nation to use WeatherBug to aid snow removal efforts.
Link to story in The Washington Post: (may require free registration)
Link to news release from Montgomery County:


15) High-Tech Trucking
High-tech dispatch center gives edge to trucking firm.
Link to story in The Flint Journal:

News Releases
Trimble Acquires Géo-3D Inc. to Provide Transportation Infrastructure Inventory Solutions
2) Telvent Will Implement and Manage the 511 Traveler Information System in the State of New York
3) It’s the Telematics Industry’s Time to Shine on Telematics Update Magazine’s Globally Recognized Stage
4) Guidebook to Contain New Info for Hazmat Emergencies
5) South Africa Adopts Framework Standards for Deployment of RFID Systems in Transportation
6) American Airlines Introduces Mobile Service to Further Enhance the Customer Experience
7) Unitronics Unveils Largest Automated Parking Garage in the US

Upcoming Events
Webinar: Approaches for Integrating Configuration Management Into Your ITS Project Development Processes – February 21

Today in Transportation History
1978 **30th anniversary** - Soviet satellite Cosmos 954 reenters the atmosphere with its nuclear reactor intact. Debris crashes in Canada’s Northwest Territories.


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