Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) Federal Aviation Administration Wants Stoplights Added to Runways
Link to story in The New York Times:
Link to FAA fact sheet:

2) FAA Sees Three Air Traffic Control Outages in Two Days
Link to story in Aviation Week:

3) Will ‘Deltalina’ Get Passengers to Watch Airline Safety Video?
Link to AP story:
Link to video:


4) China Cracks Down on Illegal Online Map Services to Protect State Security
Link to Xinhua story:


5) Review of the Dash Express
First navigation device that pulls real-time traffic, movie times and locations, map and firmware updates, and even up-to-date gas prices from the Web.
Link to review in PC Magazine:,2817,2279344,00.asp


6) Detecting Nuclear Smuggling
Radiation monitors at US ports cannot reliably detect highly enriched uranium.
Link to story in Scientific American:


7) Pentagon Approves Development of New Radios
Next generation system will provide secure Internet-like capabilities and networking for voice, text, audio and video for aircraft, ships and ground stations.
Link to Reuters story:

8) Motorola to Break Into Two Companies
Link to AP story:
Link to news release from Motorola:


9) Color-Coded Signs Map Out Highway Detours in Pennsylvania
Link to story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:


10) US Increases Fingerprint IDs at Airports
Link to Reuters story:

11) States Get Breathing Room on Real ID
Link to story on Stateline:


12) Vehicle Systems Warn of Danger Ahead
Link to McClatchy Newspapers story: (may require free registration)


13) Texas Changeable Message Signs Send Mixed Messages to Motorists
Link to story and video report on WFAA-TV: (may require free registration)

14) ‘Smart’ Signs May Save Lives in Queensland
Link to story in the Sunshine Coast Daily:

15) New York State’s 511 to Alert Commuters to Transit Woes
Link to story in The Advocate:

16) Signs of the Times
Profile of the North West regional traffic control center.
Link to story in the Rochdale Observer:

17) £1 Million Congestion System Goes Live in Kettering, UK
Link to story in the Evening Telegraph:

18) Rock County, Wisconsin May Participate in State’s Intelligent Transportation System
Link to story and audio report on WCLO Radio:

19) Changes Planned for UK Department for Transport's Database of Traffic Movement Information
Link to story on

20) Hey Denver – Stow It on I-70!
Newspaper says more and better traffic information is needed for highway to mountain resort area.
Link to editorial in the Vail Daily:

21) The Collaborative Advantage: Realizing the Tangible Benefits of Regional Transportation Operations Collaboration
Link to manual from the Federal Highway Administration:

News Releases
Business Use of Wi-Fi Hotspots Nearly Doubles in 2007 – Airports led usage, growth at train stations and ferries
2) Toyota to Conduct Spring Traffic Safety Campaign
3) XFMedia Traffic Radio Channel Car Owner Club in Guangdong Expands to 80,000
4) Motorola Brings the Power of Touch to Mobile TV Device – Includes Navigation and Real-Time Traffic Information

Job Postings
- Procurement Analyst – New York City Transit – New York City, New York
- Transit Marketing & Customer Service Manager – Madison Metro – Madison, Wisconsin
- Transportation Specialist – Federal Highway Administration – Washington, DC

Upcoming Events
International Bridge Conference – June 2-4 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Today in Transportation History
1958 **50th anniversary** - Explorer 3 was launched. The spacecraft provided data on the Van Allen radiation belt.


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