Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, May 16, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) New Airline Rules on Tarmac Delays
Airlines will now have to provide complete data about flights that are canceled after leaving the gate and flights that are diverted to another airport.
Link to story in The New York Times:
Link to news release from the US Department of Transportation:


2) Online Interactive Maps Chart Noise in UK Urban Areas
Link to BBC News story and video report:
Link to news release from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:
Link to noise maps:

3) California Governor Pushes for Upgrades to State’s Technology Infrastructure
Governor calls for creation of task force to help agencies employ geographic information systems to improve public safety.
Link to story in The San Jose Mercury News:
Link to news release and video from the California Governor’s Office:


4) Lockheed Gets the Nod for GPS III
Link to story in GPS World:
Link to news release from Lockheed Martin:


5) Sponsors in a Better Position to Maintain Mumbai Traffic Booths
Government says ads on traffic booths necessary for their proper maintenance.
Link to Express News Service story:
Photo of traffic booth with advertising:

6) Proposal Barring Illinois’ Officials’ Names from Billboards Heads to State Senate
Link to story in the Chicago Tribune:,0,3743585.story
Link to bill:


7) Major Aviation Announcements Made at 1st Ever US DOT Bloggers' Row
Link to blog:


8) US DOT to Expand IT Security Services
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:


9) Time Partitioning Drives Faster Software Integration for Telematics and Infotainment: Part 1 - Time Problem, Constraints, and a Simulation Model
Link to article in Automotive DesignLine:;jsessionid=5JHP2XPO5KUFEQSNDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN


10) ‘God Bless America’ Removed from Buses in Beaumont, Texas
Link to story on KFDM-TV:

11) Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recover in the Transit Industry
Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


12) 511 Service Off to Slow Start in Canada
Link to story on InterGovWorld:

13) New Jersey Aims to Make Life Easier for Frazzled Drivers
Link to AP story:,0,2429613.story
Link to New Jersey 511 Travel Information:

14) Interview with Mark Thompson, Director of Mobile Services for The Weather Network and MétéoMédia
Says advertising is a more effective revenue model than subscriptions.
Link to audio interview via Traffic Technology International:
Link to TrafficEye Mobile:

15) Teletrac Adding Traffic Alerts
Link to story in FleetOwner:


16) The Coming Boom in Boomer-Friendly Transport
Technology to improve night vision, improved typeface on signage among the changes to aid older drivers.
Link to story in BusinessWeek:

17) Automotive Safety Systems Get More Dependable
Link to story on ICT Results:

News Releases
Cellular Machine-to-Machine Communication Module Shipments to Increase Fourfold by 2013
2) Delphi Defines Data Connectivity with Complete Systems, Leading-Edge Technologies
3) Automotive Service Association Publishes Report on Telematics Usage, Potential Effects on Independent Repair Market

Upcoming Events
Texas Department of Transportation's 2008 Transportation Planning Conference – May 27-30 – Houston

Friday Bonus
DOT Creates New Lane for Reckless Drivers

Today in Transportation History
1969 – Venera 5 landed on Venus.


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