Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, July 14, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

Registration Open for “Use of ITS in Airport Environments Workshop”

Registration is available for the upcoming “Use of ITS in Airport Environments Workshop,” August 25-26, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by ITS America and the American Association of Airport Executives , this two-day event will feature ITS industry leaders who are currently providing solutions for airport land side management and airport managers sharing real-world results, lessons learned, success stories and reasons why they have chosen ITS products and services as their airport land side management solution. Airport managers are turning to ITS to provide solutions to the challenges they face, such as managing parking, commercial vehicle movement, incident management, security and much more. The preliminary agenda, list of speakers, and registration information is available at


1) The Future of Air Traffic Control
Link to story in the International Herald Tribune:


2) Bus Rapid Transit Identity: An Overview of Current “Branding” Practice
Link to article in the Journal of Public Transportation:

3) Hazardous Bus Stop Identification: An Illustration Using GIS
Link to article in the Journal of Public Transportation:


4) Officials Get Peek at Change in North Texas Toll Authority’s Electronic Collection System
Link to story in The Dallas Morning News:

5) Open Road Tolling on Massachusetts Turnpike Stalled, Not Installed
Link to column in The Boston Globe:


6) EU's GPS-Like Galileo Further Along than Russia's Glonass
Link to RAI Novosti commentary:


7) OMG! Pennsylvania DOT Restricts Web Lingo
Offensive acronyms are off limits for license plates, state officials say.
Link to story in The Patriot-News:


8) Can’t Find a Parking Space? Check Smartphone
Link to story in The New York Times:


9) Slides Putting Oregon Highways in Danger
Oregon DOT scientists are so worried about landslides along highways that they've created their own system to monitor roadside-logging plans.
Link to story in The Seattle Times:


10) South African Cops are Blindsided by Failing Electronic National Transport Information System
Link to story from The Star:


11) London Transport: Glitch May Stop Oyster Cards from Working
Link to story in The Guardian:

12) Chip Makers Sues to Quash Research on RFID Smart Card Security Flaws
Link to story in Computerworld:

13) Central Ohio Transit Authority Googles Improved Transit Maps
Link to story in Business First of Columbus:


14) Smart Road System to Make Olympics Green
Link to story in the China Daily:
Link to story from China Central Television:

15) Moving In Together to Get a Handle on Traffic
New Jersey’s new traffic management center brings agencies under one roof.
Link to story in The New York Times:

16) Automated Traffic Management in Midland, Texas Will Lead to Faster Commutes
Link to story in the Midland Reporter-Telegram:


17) GM, Toyota Fight Sirius-XM HD Radio Requirement
Link to story in PC Magazine:,2817,2325531,00.asp

News Releases
FAA Expands Runway Status Lights Nationwide
Missouri DOT Making Widgets – Web devices provide direct access to Internet content
3) WRC-TV / NBC4 Launches NBC Washington Traffic Cam
4) TransCore Completes Initial Deployment of Open Road Tolling Throughout Florida Toll System

Upcoming Events
Transpo 2008: ITS--Piecing It All Together! – September 22-25 – Orlando, Florida

Today in Transportation History
1965 – Mariner 4 flew past Mars.


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