Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, May 30, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) Paper Airline Tickets Consigned to History
Link to story in The Times:

2) FAA: Sun Box Disk Failure Caused NOTAM Database Crash
Link to story in Computerworld:


3) Automatic Buses in France: Ended Story?
Link to story on Transport Expertise:


4) Camera Keeps Eye on Traffic
Lens being tested in Tennessee could change way future vehicle flow is managed.
Link to story in the Knoxville News Sentinel:


5) Electronic System Helps Hawaii Trim Late Traffic Fines
Link to story in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin:


6) Clemson Research Looks to Improve Highway Flow During Hurricanes
Wireless communications system being developed to help keep traffic moving.
Link to story in the Daily Journal:

7) Speed Traps – New Way to Avoid Them
Trapster is a cell phone social network that allows motorists to alert other users via cell phones regarding locations of speed traps.
Link to story on CNN:


8) Flaws Stir Debate on Storm Alert Systems
Link to story in USA Today:

9) FEMA to Manage Cellular Alert System
Link to story in Washington Technology:

10) National Work Zone Awareness Week 2008: Slow for the Cone Zone
Some ways the event was commemorated across the US.
Link to story in Focus:


11) Oklahoma’s Cleveland Area Rapid Transit Partners with Google Transit
Link to story in The Norman Transcript:


12) Pick Up the Phone: It’s a Crash
Arizona DOT hopes to send text traffic alerts to cell phones in the next few years.
Link to story on KPNX-TV:

13) Mygistics Wants to Put Commuters, Investors in the Fast Lane
Link to story in the Kansas City Business Journal:

News Releases
Gresham, Smith and Partners Awarded On-Call Statewide ITS Design Contract from Georgia DOT
2) Missouri DOT Posts New Videos on YouTube Showcasing Projects and Highway Safety Efforts

- Call for Papers – Adaptive Transportation Organizations and Employees – Transportation Research Board
- Call for Papers – Attracting Talent; Keeping Talent - What works for building and maintaining a skilled workforce in transportation? – Transportation Research Board
- Call for Papers – How to Get People Interested in Transportation – Transportation Research Board

Upcoming Events
2008 American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress & Exhibition – August 17-20 – New Orleans

Friday Bonus
Sure, the price of fuel is sky high, but David Letterman has a few ideas on how to have fun in a car without traveling far.

Today in Transportation History
1883 **125th anniversary** - A stampede, sparked by rumors of an impeding collapse, killed twelve people on newly opened the Brooklyn Bridge.

**Correction** Yesterday’s “Today in Transportation” feature had the wrong year. It should have been 1953 for the conquering of Mount Everest.

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