Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

Join IBTTA in Dallas for the
Special Summit on Open Road Tolling – July 13-15, 2008

As more and more toll agencies are looking forward to the potential of Open Road Tolling (ORT), an associated issue in many minds is this question of “going cashless” and converting the toll operation to a pure non-cash system built upon electronic toll collection and a robust enforcement system. Hosted by the North Texas Tollway Authority, this workshop will provide valuable knowledge on the final steps to achieving all electronic free-flow tolling. For operators in Europe and other locations that must continue to allow cash on their systems, this summit will explore ways to maximize the use of ETC while still permitting cash for some transactions. Registration deadline is June 27, 2008. Download the program, find the details and
register online today! www.IBTTA.org.


1) California Supreme Court Asked if Airports are Public Forum
Case could resolve Hare Krishna lawsuit.
Link to story on Legal Newsline:


2) The Forecast: Sunny with a Chance of GPS Fuzziness
Future weather reports may include updates on how well your GPS receiver will perform.
Link to story in USA Today:
Link to article in Space Weather:

3) Navigation Using Signals of Opportunity
Link to story in GPS World:


4) Hawaii Governor Keeps Lid on Superferry Records
Link to story in The Honolulu Advertiser:


5) New Ticket to Ride Beijing Subway
Electronic tickets register passengers as they enter and exit system.
Link to story in China Daily:


6) ‘Smart Signs’ Help South Florida Drivers Save Time
Link to story and video report on WPLG-TV:

News Releases
IBM Research and Kyoto University Create First of a Kind System to Simulate Urban Transportation
2) Sense Network Launches Software Platform that Indexes the Real World Using Mobile Location Data
3) Maryland Transit Administration and Google Transit Partner to Launch New MTA Trip Planner
4) APAC Smart Card Mass Transit and Payment Application: Time for Convergence?
5) Orange County Transportation Authority Awarded Top Honor from World’s Largest PR Organization
6) DayJet and FAA Sign Agreement to Implement NextGen in Florida
7) Future Intelligent Cars Escape Accidents and Traffic Jams
8) IBM Continues to Help City of Stockholm Significantly Reduce Inner City Road Traffic
9) ICx Wins $15.6 Million Contract for Intelligent Transportation System for California’s Orange County Transportation Authority
10) ARINC Will Support Samsung Displays at Airport; Agreement Marks New Concept in Tech Support

Upcoming Events
2008 Motorcycle Safety Conference – August 15-17 – Billings, Montana

Bernie’s Notes
As I noted in yesterday’s edition, this is the tenth anniversary week for the TCN. While the newsletter began as a discussion group in June 1998, it was only a few months later in August when the first news item was posted. It was a news release from Optivision announcing an MPEG-2 video system for Maricopa County, Arizona. This was the first step to the newsletter format the TCN has today.

Today in Transportation History
1918 **90th anniversary** - The Austro-Hungarian battleship, Szent István, was sunk in the Adriatic Sea by two torpedoes fired by an Italian ship.


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