Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, February 18, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) Officials Monitor GPS, and Car Batteries
GPS units installed in government vehicles are resulting in dead batteries.
Link to story in The New York Times: (may require free registration)

2) Whom Do You Believe, GPS or Your Own Eyes?
Link to story in The New York Times: (may require free registration)


3) White Light, Green Light
Global Traffic Technologies evolving after split from 3M.
Link to story in Finance and Commerce:
Link to Global Traffic Technologies’ Web site:


4) Costs, Liability Concerns Slow Railroad Quiet Zones
Link to story in the Courier News:


5) Innovations Improving Visibility of Snowplows
Link to story in the Tahoe Daily Tribune:
Link to news release from the University of Nevada, Reno:


6) Bay Area Workshop Aims to Upgrade Transit Trip Planning
Tech-savvy public transit advocates will meet to discuss improving transit Web sites.
Link to story in the San Francisco Chronicle:
Link to additional information: (scroll down)

7) New Zealand Public Transport GPS System to Get a Trim
Link to story from The Dominion Post:

8) The Fare Essentials
As technology simplifies transit commute, will that mean standardized system in Philadelphia area?
Link to story in the Gloucester County Times:

9) Long Island Rail Road Rapped for ‘Secrecy’ on Third-Track Proposal
Railroad and Federal Transit Administration fail to release draft document showing community impact of adding additional track.
Link to story in Newsday:,0,1820216.story

10) British Underground Officials Retract Ban on Nude Portrait Ad
Link to CBC News story:

11) Celebrating the Semicolon in a Most Unlikely Location
Writer praises the use of a punctuation mark on a New York City subway poster.
Link to story in The New York Times:


12) Indiana Interstates Go High-Tech
Link to story in the Indianapolis Business Journal:

13) Dubai Considers Installing Intelligent Traffic System on All Roads in 5 Years
Link to story in the Khaleej Times:
Link to news release from the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority:!ut/p/kcxml/04_Sj9SPykssy0xPLMnMz0vM0Y_QjzKLN4g3NjEGSUGYRvqRaGKOCJEgfW99X4_83FT9AP2C3NCIckdHRQA1RSz5/delta/base64xml/L3dJdyEvd0ZNQUFzQUMvNElVRS82XzBfMzZO?contenttype=latest&contname=RTA%20Calls%20s%20to%20Comply%20withSigns%20of%20Intelligent%20Traffic%20Systems

14) Cameras on the Highway
Kansas DOT teaming with county and city to install intelligent transportation system.
Link to story in The Wichita Eagle:

15) Local TV’s Morning Jam
Stations go bumper-to-bumper on traffic information.
Link to story in Broadcasting & Cable:

16) Caltrans Promises Changes to Traveler Information Line
TV station investigation uncovers incorrect information being provided on hotline.
Link to story and video report on KBAK-TV:

17) Early-Morning Friend to Commuters
Profile of Teresa LaBarbera.
Link to story in the Hartford Courant:,0,3855452.column

Upcoming Events
Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2008 – May 6-8 – Messe Stuttgart, Germany

Today in Transportation History
1964 - Joseph-Armand Bombardier, founder of Bombardier, died.


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