Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, May 12, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

TCN Fundraiser

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1) European Commission Targets ‘Rip-Off’ Air Ticket Sites
Link to story on EurActiv:


2) Port of Bremerton Wants Your Attention
Link to story in the Kitsap Sun:
Link to news release from the Port of Bremerton


3) Information Tags Along Everywhere You Go
Critics worry about the security of RFID.Link to story in The Baltimore Sun:,0,1276217.story


4) Virginia Program Trains Seniors in How to Use Transit
Link to story on WTOP Radio:

5) Government Enters the Blogosphere
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:
Feds Discover Gold in Blog Posts

6) Over the Bustle of the Everyday Commute, Her Voice has Guided the Way
Sheila Herriott directs passengers at New York’s Penn Station.
Link to story in The New York Times:

7) Eurostar Launches Digital Art Gallery
Link to BBC News story:
Link to news release from Eurostar


8) Was Ohio Bridge Scare a Warning?
When gusset plates caused a near-disaster in 1996, it didn't trigger a nationwide alert.
Link to story in the Star Tribune:


9) eCall Launch Likely to be Further Delayed
Link to story on Auto Industry:

10) District of Columbia Council Moves to Block Surveillance Camera Project
Link to story in Washington Technology:

11) License Plate Readers Worry Canadian Privacy Advocates
Link to CP story:


12) Keeping Safety as Its Core, OnStar to Expand
Link to story in Crain’s Detroit Business:


13) Chicago Roads May Undergo Bumpy Transition to Bus-Only Lanes
Chicago Transit Authority’s effort to reduce gridlock hinges on technology, timeliness.
Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:,0,1542213.column

14) London Mayor to Discuss Oyster Card Expansion Plans
Link to Press Association story:

15) Graduate Students Map Out Business Plan, Advertising for Jonesboro, Arkansas’ Transit System
Link to AP story:

16) Privacy Issues with the Use of Smart Cards
Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


17) Digicam on Chennai Cops’ Shoulders to Beef Up Surveillance
Digital cameras will transmit images to centralized control room.
Link to story in The Times of India:


18) Will Cars of the Future Drive Themselves?
Link to story from Portfolio:

19) The Crash-Proof Car is Coming
Link to story in The Sunday Times:

News Releases
Eurostar and Google Launch Pioneering Interactive Display System ‘Explore Europe’
2) GeoDecisions and Maine Department of Transportation Unveil Enhanced Straight Line Diagramming Application

- Program Opportunity – Advanced Transportation Technologies – New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Upcoming Events
transport logistic China 2008 – June 17-19 – Shanghai

Today in Transportation History
1958 **50th anniversary** - The formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement between Canada and the US is signed.

Bernie Wagenblast
1 Aberdeen Court
Cranford, NJ 07016-2911


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