Monday, July 7, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, July 7, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

Registration is open for the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems featuring ITS America's 2008 Annual Meeting. This combined event is expected to attract 10,000 transportation, technology, and other business professionals from more than 40 countries. Held from November 16-20 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center the World Congress on ITS is this year’s best chance to have access to a program featuring nearly 300 sessions featuring more than 700 industry experts covering a broad range of ITS issues that are important to you; take unprecedented technical tours to ITS facilities in and around New York City; participate in live demonstrations of active VII-based safety systems and other dynamic ITS applications along the streets and highways of New York; attend a grand-scale exhibition hall with almost 300,000 square feet of exhibits featuring the latest technologies, products and services; and connect with an international audience in a world-class city of beauty, culture and fun. For more information, including online registration, visit


1) FAA Says It Wants to Update Radar, Air Travel
Link to story in The Press of Atlantic City:

2) Five Questions for Mary E. Peters, US Secretary of Transportation
Link to interview from Congressional Quarterly Weekly:

3) A Plane? More Like a Flying Magazine
Link to column in The New York Times:

4) Plane Spotters Try to Thwart Changes on Flight Paths
Link to story in The Advocate:

5) Fly SUX: Sioux City, Iowa Embraces Its Snicker-Inducing Airport ID Code
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:


6) My Topsy-Turvy Tangle with Texas Toll Roads
Link to commentary in The Dallas Morning News:


7) In Search of Safe Harbor
The complexities of port facilities make maritime domain awareness one of the biggest challenges in homeland security.
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:


8) Eco-Ads Offer Cash for Public Space
Governments see money from messages, but some worry about road clutter.
Link to story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:


9) Illinois State Police’s Video Surveillance Cutting Down on Traffic Deaths
Link to story in The Pantagraph:


10) The Coming of the Car-Bot
In the near future, autonomous driving will lead to safer roads and great fuel-efficiency.
Link to story in BusinessWeek:


11) Wi-Fi Provider Bids for BART
Link to audio report on NPR’s Morning Edition:

12) A Primer on Smart Cards
Link to column in The New York Times:

13) Berkeley, California Rapid Bus Plan Faces Uphill BattleLink to story in the San Francisco Chronicle:

14) BART Riders Get Onboard with Near Field Communication
Link to story in ContactlessNews:

15) Subway Sketchers Create an Online Community
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:

News Releases
Old Dominion Unveils New Web-based Service to Track Shipments
2) Asia-Pacific Will Overtake Europe and North America as Largest Personal Navigation Market in 2012, Says ABI Research
3) Parks Canada Tests GPS Technology in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
4) AirIQ Provides Update on Patent Infringement Claim

Upcoming Events
AASHTO Annual Meeting – October 16-20 – Hartford, Connecticut

Today in Transportation History
1946 – The XF-11, a prototype reconnaissance plane flown by Howard Hughes, crashed in Beverly Hills, California.


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