Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, January 1, 2008 – ISSN 1529-1057


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Based on suggestions I’ve received I’m going to try something new starting with this issue. You’ll notice categories added to the newsletter. While I’ve always tried to make the TCN easy to scan this will hopefully make it even easier. Not all categories will be included in every issue; the categories will depend on the stories included. The categories will be in alphabetical order. Often stories cross categories so I encourage you to still scan all the headlines to see if something of interest might have landed in a different area. I welcome your feedback on this change and whether it improves the TCN from your perspective.

AVIATION

1) NASA Releases Air Safety Study
Link to AP story:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2007-12-31-nasa-air-safety-study_N.htm
Link to report: http://www.nasa.gov/news/reports/NAOMS.html

GPS / NAVIGATION

2) Google Puts New Zealand on the World Wide Maps
Company is filming roadways for “Street View” program.
Link to story in The New Zealand Herald:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10484922

3) Russia Starts Selling GPS-Glonass Navigator
Link to Itar-Tass story:
http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=12227968&PageNum=0

4) Howard County, Maryland Residents Can Track Snowplows
Link to story in The Baltimore Sun:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-ho.comnotes30dec30,0,4141709.story (may require free registration)
Link to Howard County Snowplow Tracker:
http://snow2.co.ho.md.us/Index.asp

SECURITY / PRIVACY

5) Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/31/AR2007123101922.html (requires free registration)

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

6) Why Colorado DOT Decided to Close Interstate 70
Agency monitors conditions from traffic operations center.
Link to story and video report on KUSA-TV:
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=83679

7) Chief Minister Favors Improving Lahore Traffic Management System
Link to Associated Press of Pakistan story:
http://thepost.com.pk/CityNews.aspx?dtlid=136884&catid=3

8) CCTV Cameras to be Use as New Parking Police in Sussex, UK
Starting in April cameras will be used to automatically enforce parking violations.
Link to story in The Argus:
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/generalnews/display.var.1935924.0.cctv_cameras_to_be_used_as_new_parking_police.php

9) Delhi Traffic Police Helpline Number Invalid
Link to story in The Times of India:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Delhi/Delhi_Traffic_Police_helpline_number_invalid/articleshow/2666396.cms

10) Inside the Tokyo Traffic Control Center
Link to story on CScout Japan:
http://www.kilian-nakamura.com/blog-english/index.php/inside-the-tokyo-traffic-control-center/

11) Voice of Traffic Reports Calls In
A profile of Gainesville, Florida traffic reporter Bob Albert.
Link to story in The Gainesville Sun:
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20080101/NEWS/801010325/1002/NEWS


Upcoming Events
APTA Fare Collection Workshop – March 30-April 3 – Boston
http://www.apta.com/conferences_calendar/farecoll/index.cfm


Today in Transportation History
1948 **60th anniversary** - British Rail is created through the nationalization of four large railway companies.
http://www.ndad.nationalarchives.gov.uk/AH/37/detail.html

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