Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, August 18, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Lawmakers Aim to Keep Cell Phones Out of the Skies
Link to story in the Kansas City Star:
http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/753271.html

2) Less Airwave Interference at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport
Link to story in Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1012167.html

3) Late-Summer Start for ICO Mobile TV Trial
Link to story on Inflight Online:
http://www.shephard.co.uk/Inflight/Default.aspx?Action=-1000945703&ID=4ae30a73-2e28-47c2-ba49-4f50a6658382

BUSES

4) Bus Schedule Texting so Popular It Will be Extended Countywide
Link to story in the Express & Echo:
http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/Bus-schedule-texting-popular-extended-countywide/article-272655-detail/article.html

CAMERAS

5) Red Light Cameras Give $381 Tickets for Rolling Right Turns in Los Angeles
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/traffic/la-me-redlight16-2008aug16,0,5997278.story

6) Interstate 20 Cameras Give Louisiana DOTD Tool to Manage Traffic Snarls
Link to story in The Times:
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080816/NEWS01/808160342/1060

OTHER

7) 'Spy-in-the-Sky' Paves Way for Road Pricing in UK
Link to story in the Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/fairdealfordrivers/2573876/Spy-in-the-sky-paves-way-for-road-pricing.html

8) New Jersey State Treasurer Says Media Killed 800 Percent Toll Hike
Link to Gannett News commentary:
http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080817/NEWS0301/808170323/1007/NEWS03

9) The Traffic Guru
Link to commentary in The Wilson Quarterly:
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=wq.essay&essay_id=462572

ROADWAYS

10) Governors at Annual Conference Explore Public-Private Toll Lanes to Cut Wait Times Between the US and Mexico
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-border16-2008aug16%2C0%2C7552656.story

SAFETY / SECURITY

11) License Plate Readers to be Used in Washington, DC Area
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/16/AR2008081602218.html

12) Texas Governor’s Blue Alert Designed to Catch Fugitives
Program will use state’s message signs to disseminate vehicle information for those who harm law officers.
Link to story on KVUE-TV:
http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stories/081808kvuebluealert-mc.d7b5565.html

13) Forwarders Request Aid for Screening Bellyhold Freight
Link to story in Cargonews Asia:
http://www.cargonewsasia.com/secured/article.aspx?id=15&article=16726

TRANSIT

14) Bus Alerts Join Riverside Transit Agency's High-Tech Embrace
Link to story in The Valley Chronicle:
http://www.thevalleychronicle.com/articles/2008/08/15/news/08nsoboba.txt

15) Smart Card Tests to Begin on Melbourne Trams this Week
Link to story in the Herald Sun:
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24196543-2862,00.html

16) The Power of Quiet
More rail lines around the world adopting cars which ban cell phone talking.
Link to commentary in The New York Sun:
http://www.nysun.com/opinion/the-power-of-quiet/84058/

17) Boston T Hacking Exposes a Deeper Clash
Link to story in The Boston Globe:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/08/18/t_hacking_exposes_a_deeper_clash/

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

18) Calls to South Florida Highway Hotline Cool as Gas Prices Heat Up
Link to story in The Palm Beach Post:
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/08/16/a3c_traffic_0817.html

19) Connecticut DOT Planning to Shed Light on Traffic Jams
State planning a 511 system.
Link to story in the New Haven Register:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20021617&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=635049&rfi=6

20) Microwave Reflector to Help California DOT Stay Up-to-Date on Traffic
Link to story in the Record Searchlight:
http://www.redding.com/news/2008/aug/17/microwave-reflector-to-help-caltrans-stay-up-to/

21) Clear Channel Traffic Gets a Jump on XM
Link to CNET News story:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-10019306-48.html
Link to news release from Clear Channel:
http://www.clearchannel.com/Radio/PressRelease.aspx?PressReleaseID=2261

22) I-15 Signs Let Las Vegas Area Drivers Know What's Ahead
Link to story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
http://www.lvrj.com/news/27047209.html


News Releases
1)
New York Tests Energy and Environmental Benefit of Greater Public Access to Live Traffic Video2) Combined Technologies from Continental and Mobileye Support the New Speed Limit Information of the New BMW 7 Series


Upcoming Events
Digital Signage Expo East – September 16-18 – Philadelphia
http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/Events/DSEEast2008PhiladelphiaPA/AttendeeInformation/AboutDSEEast/tabid/217/Default.aspx


Today in Transportation History
August 18, 1938 **70th anniversary** - Thousand Islands International Bridge opened between Canada and the US.
http://www.tibridge.com/facts.htm

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