Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, March 31, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) How IT is Changing Indian Airports
Link to column on IBNLive:
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/guest-column-how-it-is-changing-airports/62228-3.html
Link to additional information from SITA on 2007 Passenger Self-Service Survey:
http://www.sita.aero/News_Centre/Industry_surveys_and_trends/Passenger_self-service_survey.htm

ELECTRONIC TOLLING

2) New Fast Pass Proposal Would Push Cost to $55
Link to story in The Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/a-1308839~New_Fast_Pass_proposal_would_push_cost_to__55.html

GPS / NAVIGATION

3) Google, Garmin Link Up for GPS Trip Info
Link to story on CNET News:
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9906370-7.html?tag=nefd.only

4) Drivers Trust GPS -- to a Fault
Link to AP story:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?articleID=20080329_5_E4_spanc44056

ROADWAYS

5) Washington State DOT Wants to Automate I-5 Express Lanes In Seattle
Link to story in The Seattle Times:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004317370_apwaexpresslanes.html

6) Digital Registrations May be Used to Track Australian Road Users
Link to story in Australian IT:
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,23462471-15306,00.html

SAFETY / SECURITY

7) EU Abolishes Last Passport Checks at Airports
Link to Deutsche Welle story:
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3227545,00.html

8) Transportation Security Administration Tries Soothing Screening Process
Link to story and video in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2008-03-30-tsa_N.htm

9) Responders Test Coordination Skills
Exercise allows agencies to demonstrate and test the interoperability of the communications systems.
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/152076-1.html

10) Technology Driving Motorists to Distraction
Link to column on MSNBC:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23812128/

11) Are You a Good Driver? Here’s How to Find Out
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/automobiles/30TRAIN.html (may require free registration)

TELEMATICS

12) Tattletale Cars
Link to story in AutoWeek:
http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080331/FREE/947773177/1024

TRANSIT

13) Axing of Online Auckland Transport Forum Riles Passengers
Link to story in the New Zealand Herald:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10501081

14) Metro-North Railroad to Study Its Announcements
Link to story in the Greenwich Time:
http://www.greenwichtime.com/ci_8753487

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

15) Disconnect Calgary Traffic Alert Plan
Newspaper says sending updates to cell phones and BlackBerrys is not safe.
Link to editorial in the Calgary Herald:
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=12df4542-5284-4545-8a59-8b923e59478c

VEHICLES

16) High-Tech Gear Disables Car if Borrower Misses Payment
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2008-03-30-repo-device-car-loans_N.htm
Link to additional information from Sekurus: http://www.sekurusontime.com/PRODUCTS/tabid/54/Default.aspx


News Releases
1)
Volvo Cars Win International Prize for City Safety
2) Canada's First Web-Based Freight Rate Benchmarking Tool Launched
3) ARINC’s New Oi (Onboard Internet)—New, Affordable Connectivity for Laptops in Flight
4) I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Quick Clearance Program Recognized by US DOT Secretary
5) 3rd Dimension Appoints Eric Joseph as President and Chief Operating Officer
6) National Work Zone Awareness Week – April 7-11
7)
MapQuest and Garmin Announce a Partnership to Deliver MapQuest Directions and Maps Directly to Garmin GPS Devices
8) New GPS-Based Warning System from PhantomAlert Alerts Drivers to Red-Light Cameras and Speed-Traps
9) New UK R&D Center to Accelerate Next-Generation Transport Technologies
10) TrafficGauge Launches New Traffic Map for BlackBerry
11) Acacia Subsidiary Settles Litigation with Garmin USA, Inc, Magellan Navigation, Inc, and TomTom, Inc
12) Small Back Room Unveils Traffic Act Web Site
13) Enhanced TCS Real-Time Traffic Applications Provide Personalized Up-to-the-Minute Traffic Information
14) United Airlines Customers Stay Connected With Complimentary Wi-Fi Service


Upcoming Events
2008 AAAE General Aviation Issues Conference – May 7-9 – Los Angeles
http://events.aaae.org/sites/080502/


Today in Transportation History
1933 **75th anniversary** - Union Terminal in Cincinnati is dedicated.
http://www.cincymuseum.org/explore_our_sites/union_terminal/

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