Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, April 18, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) FAA Stands by Its Cell Phone Ban
Link to story in the Star-Telegram:

2) British Airways Tests Predicted Delays at Heathrow’s Terminal 5
Link to Bloomberg story:

3) RFID Bag Tags Could Save Air-Travel Industry Millions
Link to story on Silicon:,3800011842,39188677,00.htm


4) Google Maps Sees Your Traffic Future
Link to story in PC World:


5) No Free Passes, Just Free E-ZPass Devices
Motorists taking the Maine Turnpike this summer to avoid work on Interstate 295 will be able to borrow transponders for free.
Link to story in the Portland Press Herald:


6) European Space Agency Creates Galileo Directorate
Link to story in GPS World:

7) GPS Routed Bus Under Bridge, Company Says
Driver says he didn't see warning signs or lights.
Link to story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

8) Next Stop for Personal Navigation Devices: Real-Time Two-Way Connectivity
Link to story in EE Times Asia:


9) Piracy Sparks High-Tech Defenses
Link to article in Time:,8599,1732125,00.html


10) Radio On Bus Fosters Quiet, but Not Peace
BusRadio provides music, ads and public service announcements on school buses.
Link to story in The New York Times:
Link to additional information on BusRadio:

11) Orbital Sciences Sells Transportation Unit
Link to story in The Washington Post: (may require free registration)
Link to news release from Orbital Sciences:


12) License Plate Readers Help Police
Link to video from Government Technology:

13) Photographers’ Rights in the UK: A Guide
Link to story on Digital-Lifestyles: (part 1) (part 2)

14) Articles from Latest Issue of the National Weather Service’s Aware
- Hazmat Support Page Provides Fast, Easy Access (page 3)
- Should NWS Services for PDAs and Cell Phones Continue? (page 5)
- Innovations in Storm and Emergency Communication (page 7)
- NWS Expands Efforts to Mitigate Effects of High Impact Sub-Advisory Snowfall (page 15)


15) Launch of Bay Area’s TransLink Fare Card Put Off Again
Link to story in the San Francisco Chronicle:

16) Bus Company Issues Apology for Radio Flap
Coach America says bus drivers can no longer play radio.
Link to story on ASU Web Devil:
News Releases
US DOT Seeks Innovative Research Proposals from Small Businesses to Solve Multimodal Transportation Challenges
2) Vehicle Data and Telematics: What Does the Future Hold for the Insurer?
3) Technology Can Reduce the Driver’s Stress Level

Upcoming Events
Congestion Pricing Think Tank – May 23– McLean, Virginia

Friday Bonus
Not all car theft deterrence systems are high-tech.

Today in Transportation History
1988 **20th anniversary** - In what was considered the largest naval battle since World War II, US forces sank or destroyed three Iranian warships.


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