Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, June 13, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

Bernie’s Notes
Ten years ago today the first message was sent to the Transport-Communications group. As you’ve seen throughout this week, the TCN has come a long way since 1998. The group began with just a handful of members; mostly people I worked with or knew professionally. Today there are over 7,000 people who get the TCN sent to them directly and an unknown number who read copies online or forwarded to them. I never expected that one day I would have readers in places such as China, Brazil, Madagascar and Afghanistan. My longest continuous subscriber using the same e-mail address has been Peter Sturgis, but whether you joined in 1998 or today; I want to thank you for having been readers of the TCN. I appreciate the comments you’ve sent, including words of encouragement and suggestions for changes. I realize this is very much a two-way medium and I hope you’ll continue to stay in touch. Thank you for everything since without you this would only be an exercise in typing to myself. I hope the newsletter continues to be a welcome addition to your inbox each weekday for years to come.


1) August FAA Charts to Include Military Operating Area Frequencies
Link to story on AVweb:

2) Heathrow Airport Radar System Spots Runway Debris
Link to BBC News story:


3) Firm to Halt Pennsylvania Sales of License Plate Photo-Blockers
Link to AP story:
Link to news release from the Pennsylvania Attorney General:


4) GPS Will Help Drivers Go More with Traffic Flow
Link to story in USA Today:
Project Aimed at Avoiding Traffic


5) Pennsylvania Auditor General Says Turnpike Needs Executive-Level Safety Director
Audit also finds roadway and traffic information on the commission's Web site was not conveniently or easily accessed and it included broken links.
Link to story in The Patriot-News:
Link to news release from the Pennsylvania Auditor General:

6) Web Tool to Track Con Ed Power Failures in New York
Link to story in The New York Times:
Link to outage map:


7) Sensors, Screens Direct Cars to Seattle-Tacoma Airport Parking
Link to AP story:


8) Airlines Say They Lack the IT for US-VISIT
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:


9) Mobile DDR Spurs Low-Cost, Low-Power Automotive Electronics Designs
Link to story in Automotive DesignLine:;jsessionid=VG4HQI4RZJRXQQSNDLPSKH0CJUNN2JVN


10) Communication in DC Metro Derailment is Criticized
Link to story in The Washington Post:

11) In Sign of Times, NJ Transit Ends Free Calls to Customer Service Line
Link to story on NJBIZ:

12) Hacker Plants Virus in Dade Transit Web Site
Link to story in The Miami Herald:


13) Iowa DOT Opens Temporary Customer Service Line
Link to story in the Quad-City Times:

News Releases
Center to Help Coordination at South Africa’s OR Tambo Airport
2) Transport-Based Mobile Ticketing Usage to Grow from Over 37 Million Transactions in 2007 to Just Over 1.8 Billion by 2011
3) Cybit Signs Exclusive Partnership with Ford for ‘Ford Fleet Telematics’
NJ Transit Introduces Mobile ‘Contact Us’ Feature
5) Rosatte and FeedMAP Take Center Stage in Geneva
6) District of Columbia to Include SmarTrip Technology in Identification Cards
7) NASA a Team Recipient of Celebrated Collier Trophy for Work on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast

Upcoming Events
BusCon 2008 – September 16-17 – Chicago

Friday Bonus
While the newsletter has had numerous stories about how vehicles can be wirelessly networked, somehow I nearly overlooked this next advancement in connectivity.

Today in Transportation History
1998 **10th anniversary** - The Transportation Communications Newsletter had its first message.


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