Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


CARTOGRAPHY

1) Microsoft Updates Live Hotmail and Maps
Local landmarks and businesses now used when providing directions.
Link to CNET News story:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10054006-2.html?tag=newsLatestHeadlinesArea.0
Link to Live Search Maps: http://maps.live.com

PARKING

2) Ending the Space Race
If smarter parking meters catch on, the days of circling the block will be over.
Link to story in Governing:
http://www.governing.com/archive/2008/sep/glimpse.txt

SAFETY / SECURITY

3) Colorado Tests Way to Reduce Animal-Car Crashes
Link to story in the Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/a-1614925~Colorado_tests_way_to_reduce_animal_car_crashes.html
Link to news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation:
http://www.dot.state.co.us/Communications/news/SW20080929-1.html

TRANSIT

4) Chicago Transit Authority to Sell Transit-Themed Merchandise
Link to story on WBBM Radio:
http://www.wbbm780.com/CTA-To-Sell-Transit-Themed-Merchandise/3050398
Link to CTA Gifts:
http://ctagifts.com


News Releases
1)
Port of Long Beach Security Strengthened by Web-based Network
2) Big Step Forward for 5.9 GHz Tolling
3) The Worldwide Transportation Library Announces New Web Design that Benefits International Tourists


Upcoming Events
T3 Webinar: Arizona E-VII Program - Strategies for Improving Emergency Response to Traffic Incidents While Enhancing Safety for Emergency Responders – October 23
http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s081023_arizona.asp


Today in Transportation History
1954 – The US Navy’s USS Nautilus was commissioned. It was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine.
http://www.ussnautilus.org

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, September 29, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


15th World Congress on ITS Overview Webinar Announced

The 15th World Congress on ITS will be the largest international ITS event this year and the Organizing Committee is dedicated to making this World Congress the best experience it can be for you. “Welcome to the World Congress” will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 and will provide a general overview of the World Congress, featuring ITS America’s 2008 Annual Meeting, with an emphasis on pre-conference workshops, educational program, exhibits, VII technology demonstrations, networking events, and technical tours. This highly informative Webinar will be hosted by World Congress Organizing Committee Chairman Michael Noblett of Connexis LLC and ITS America staff. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. To register,
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AVIATION

1) High Interest in Plane Tracking Device
Link to TVNZ story and video report:
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/2111419

2) International Survey: Air Travelers Oppose Mobile Phones in Flight
Link to AFP story:
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gHswced9eP5cDfe6nejjyRVbp2IQ

CAMERAS

3) Arizona Launches Speed Cameras
Link to story in The Arizona Republic:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/09/27/20080927dpsradar0927.html

4) Privacy Concerns on Speed Cameras
LInk to story in Australian IT:
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,24387179-15306,00.html

5) Cameras that Catch Speeders Cut Travel Time
Study from advocacy group says cameras mean slower speeds, fewer accidents, less delays.
Link to story in the Chicago Sun-Times:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/transportation/1190796,CST-NWS-ride29a.article

ELECTRONIC TOLLING

6) Massachusetts Turnpike Pushes Wider Use of Fast Lane
Link to story in The Boston Globe:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/09/28/pike_pushes_wider_use_of_fast_lane/

OTHER

7) Sprint Nextel Readies Its Xohm Service for Baltimore
Offering is a high-speed data service which will allow mobile Internet access.
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/28/AR2008092802222.html

ROADWAYS

8) New Technology Should Make Utah Intersections Safer
Link to story and video report on KSL-TV:
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=4373163

SAFETY / SECURITY

9) Federal Highway Administration Creates ‘Highway Infrastructure Security and Emergency Management Professional Capacity Building’ Web Site
Link to site:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/security/emergencymgmt/profcapacitybldg

TELEMATICS

10) Motorola Takes Big Step Towards the Connected Car
Link to CNET News story:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-10052521-48.html
Link to news release from Motorola:
http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/news/detail.jsp?globalObjectId=10197_10126_23&pageLocaleId=2026

11) Renaut, TomTom Promise Cheap Navigation
Link to story in AutoWeek:
http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080929/FREE/809299989/1530/FREE

12) Dash Navigation Partners with Tellme and Dial Directions
Link to story in Telematics Update:
http://social.telematicsupdate.com/content/dash-navigation-partners-tellme-and-dial-directions

TRANSIT

13) Transit Payment Systems: Security Considerations
Link to story in Smart Card Talk:
http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/newsletter-200809-feature?issue=200809

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

14) Massachusetts Highway Delay Signs Will Soon be More Complete
I-93 signs to offer more detailed information.
Link to story in The Eagle-Tribune:
http://www.eagletribune.com/punews/local_story_273002751.html

VEHICLES

15) GM Tech Helps Aging Drivers See Clearly
Link to AP story:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/autocorner/chi-trans-windshields-preview-09sep28,0,5430617.story


News Releases
1)
Traffic Technologies, Inc. Awarded Outstanding ITS Project of the Year by ITS New York
2) Bay Bridge 360 Offers Front Row Seat to Bay Bridge Construction - Videos on New Web Site Show Unique Up-Close Views of Retrofit Projects
3) Kore Telematics and Worldwide Partners Combine to Form the m2m Global Alliance
4) Webraska Navigation by masternaut Selected for Pre-Installation on the New Treo Pro Smartphone by Palm


Upcoming Events
1st European Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems EasyWay – October 14-16 – Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily, Italy
http://www.ithaca-its.eu/2008Conference/


Today in Transportation History
1988 **20th anniversary** – STS-26, the first Space Shuttle mission following the Challenger disaster, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center.
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-26/mission-sts-26.html

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, September 26, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


MARITIME

1) To Rule the High Seas, Make Sea Traffic Transparent
Link to Scripps Howard News Service story:
http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/36686

RAILROADS

2) US Senator Holds Up Bill on Train Safety Device
Link to story in The Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122237337593376137.html

ROADWAYS

3) Delhi Prepares for 2010 Commonwealth Games
Link to story in Traffic Technology Today:
http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/industry-blogs.php?BlogID=121

4) Busiest Freeways in Southern Hemisphere
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project will include ITS elements.
Link to story in Engineering News:
http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article.php?a_id=143823

TELEMATICS

5) Automotive Industries Speaks to Precksha Saksena, Project Director for Telematics Munich 2008
Link to interview in Telematics Update:
http://social.telematicsupdate.com/content/ai-speaks-precksha-saksena-project-director-telematics-munich-2008

TRANSIT

6) How to Complain to the New York MTA
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/how-to-complain-to-the-mta/

7) NYC Transit to Post Found Belongings Online
Link to story and video report on NY1 News:
http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/transit/86302/nyc-transit-to-post-found-belongings-online/Default.aspx

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

8) Wisconsin Disaster Responders Hold Dress Rehearsal for Weather-Induced Interstate Traffic Jam
Link to story in the Wisconsin State Journal:
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/306545

9) Google Maps UK Adds Traffic Information
Link to story on Google Blogoscoped:
http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-09-26-n58.html

10) Traffic Tech
A variety of resources are available to provide traffic information to Connecticut travelers.
Link to column on WestportNow:
http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2/comments/21487/

11) Bridge Opening Alerts on the Cards
Lowestoft, UK hopes to provide warning messages about bridge openings but will need cooperation of Associated British Ports.
Link to story in the Lowestoft Journal:
http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/content/lowestoftjournal/news/story.aspx?brand=LOWOnline&category=NEWS&tBrand=lowonline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED26%20Sep%202008%2009%3A59%3A59%3A983


Upcoming Events
1st European Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems - EasyWay – October 14-16 – Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily, Italy
http://www.ithaca-its.eu/2008Conference/


Job Posting
- Railroad and Rail Transit Signal/Train Control Engineers – LTK Engineering Services – Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.transittalent.com/Job_Listing.cfm?JobID=4590


Friday Bonus
We’ve all heard how high fuel prices have increased mass transit ridership, carpooling and bicycling. But here’s a mode of commuting that’s been overlooked.
http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2008/9/24/385373.html?title=Sarasota+man+kayaks+to+work


Today in Transportation History
1973 **35th anniversary** - Concorde makes its first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/26/newsid_2539000/2539049.stm

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 25, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) FAA to Help Airlines Install Crash-Avoidance Equipment
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-lax25-2008sep25,0,1345367.story

2) FAA Says Progress Being Made on Runway Safety
Link to AP story:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ik6Pj2j4UqVkLirX1k5Y9JwZJuVQD93DJKS01
GAO: Risk of Runway Collision Still High
Link to AP story:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ik6Pj2j4UqVkLirX1k5Y9JwZJuVQD93DVIA81
Link to testimony by the US Government Accountability Office:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081169t.pdf

GPS / NAVIGATION

3) Latest GLONASS Birds Fly Into Orbit
Link to story in GPS World:
http://sidt.gpsworld.com/gpssidt/Latest+News/Latest-GLONASS-Birds-Fly-into-Orbit/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/553388?contextCategoryId=33831

4) An Interview with Serge Bussat, Navteq EMEA
Link to interview in GPS Business:
http://www.gpsbusinessnews.com/index.php?action=article&numero=1066

OTHER

5) Intelligent Addressing Supports European Address Infrastructure
Link to interview in Directions Magazine:
http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=2881&trv=1

6) Silver Taxis in Abu Dhabi to be Fitted with Infrared Meters
Sensors will automatically start the meter running once a passenger is seated, preventing drivers from overcharging.
Link to story in The National:
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080924/NATIONAL/713297549/1010

TRANSIT

7) BART Considers Charging Riders for Prepaid Cards
Link to story in the San Francisco Examiner:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/BART_considers_charging_riders_for_prepaid_cards.html

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

8) Local Officials Rebuff Connecticut DOT Projects
Council of governments opposes spending money on 511 system or upgrading highway video for first responders.
Link to story in the New Haven Register:
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2008/09/25/news/a3-511block.txt

9) Tele Atlas to Offer TomTom Traffic Data to ClientsLink to Reuters story:
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSLP19087320080925


News Releases
1)
Europe’s Roads Need Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems
2) Personal Navigation Device Shipment Growth Decelerates as Alternatives Gain Ground
3) Federal Communications Commission Moves a Step Closer to Solving Nation's Communications Challenges Currently Faced by America's First Responders


Upcoming Events
2008 Traffic Safety Conference – November 17-19 – Houston
http://tti.tamu.edu/conferences/traffic_safety/


Today in Transportation History
1978 **30th anniversary** - A Pacific Southwest Airlines flight collided with a small plane over San Diego resulting in the death of 144 people.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,919842-1,00.html

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter


Wednesday, September 24, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057
Register Now for a Free Webinar on the 15th World Congress on ITS Program

The 15th World Congress on ITS will be the largest international ITS event this year and the Organizing Committee is dedicated to making this World Congress the best experience it can be for you. “An Overview of the World Congress and Annual Meeting Program Part II” is a one-hour Webinar that will provide participants with up-to-date session highlights for the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, featuring ITS America’s 2008 Annual Meeting. This informative Webinar will be hosted by International Program Committee Chair Richard Weiland of Ygomi LLC and ITS America staff. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. To register,
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CAMERAS

1) Plan for Speed Cameras on Arizona Roads Advances
Link to AP story:
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2008/09/24/20080924cameras0924.html

ELECTRONIC TOLLING

2) Some Drivers Using Florida’s Turnpike Experience Expensive Toll Glitch
Link to story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbaxles0924sbsep24,0,1815821.story

3) Rhode Island Finalizes E-ZPass Plan for Pell-Newport Bridge
Link to story in The Jamestown Press:
http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2008/0925/front_page/005.html

4) New York MTA Strips Emergency Workers of Free E-ZPass
Link to story in Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-nypass0925,0,6748030.story

MARITIME

5) US Coast Guard Embraces Social Media
Link to story in the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News:
http://www4.marinelink.com/Story/ShowStory.aspx?StoryID=212878

OTHER

6) Transportation Technology and Research Center Eyed in Tennessee Valley
Link to story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
http://timesfreepress.com/news/2008/sep/24/transportation-center-eyed-tennessee-valley/?local

7) Prince Edward Island to No Longer Publicize Changes in Gas Prices
Link to story in The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=174246&sc=98

RAILROADS

8) Deal Reached on Extensive US Rail Safety Bill
Link to AP story:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/legislative/house/2008-09-23-rail-bill_N.htm

ROADWAYS

9) California Considers Selling Ads on Signs Used for Amber Alerts
The Schwarzenegger administration says posting advertisements on 674 freeway boards would raise millions for highways. Traffic safety experts disagree.
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-signs24-2008sep24,0,2497361.story

10) Intelligent Transport Equipment for Horror Stretch of Australian Highway
When complete, system will act to reduce crashes by recognizing particular types of driver behavior and displaying automated messages warnings.
Link to story in The Gympie Times:
http://www.gympietimes.com.au/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3785687

TRANSIT

11) Efforts to Display New York City Subway Arrival Info Delayed
Link to story in the Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/09/24/2008-09-24_subway_arrival_info_behind_schedule-2.html

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

12) Lake County, Florida Begins Broadcasting Traffic Cameras Via Web
Link to story in the Orlando Sentinel:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/orl-lcameras2408sep24,0,5157977.story
Link to traffic cameras:
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/traffic_cameras.aspx


News Releases
1)
Solar-Powered Marine Lantern Offers Big Performance in a Compact Form Factor
2)
NASCIO Announces Recipients in Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in State IT – Two transportation projects among winners
3) High Growth Forecasted for the World Intelligent Transportation Systems Market

Upcoming Events
Ocean Business 2009 – March 31-April 2 – Southampton, UK
http://www.oceanbusiness.com/


Today in Transportation History
1948 **60th anniversary** - The Honda Motor Company was incorporated.
http://world.honda.com/history/limitlessdreams/doyouremember/index.html

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


GPS / NAVIGATION

1) GPS Devices Vulnerable to ‘Spoofing,’ Researchers Say
Link to CBC News story:
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/09/23/spoofing.html

OTHER

2) Google Android Father Says Our Mobile Future is Steeped in Sensors
Link to story in eWeek:
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Google-Android-Father-Says-Our-Mobile-Future-is-Steeped-in-Sensors/

3) Industry Experts: RFID Policy Must be Measured
Link to CNET News story:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10049086-38.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

4) September Issue of Florida DOT’s SMART Moves Newsletter Online
Link to newsletter:
http://www.smartsunguide.com/pdf/SMART_Moves_September_Issue_FINAL.pdf

RAILROADS

5) Oral Statement of Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Boardman on the Status of Positive Train Control Technology
Link to statement from the FRA:
http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/PubAffairs/09-23-08OralStatementFRAAdministratorPTC_Sen_Boxer_Meeting.pdf

ROADWAYS

6) Gibberish on Gantries Baffles Drivers
Highways chiefs have been left powerless to change gibberish messages stuck on £10million electronic signs across a motorway.
Link to story in The News:
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/Gibberish-on-gantries-baffles-drivers.4516772.jp

SAFETY / SECURITY

7) Expanded Powers to Search Travelers at US Border Detailed
The US government has quietly recast policies that affect the way information is gathered from US citizens and others crossing the border and what is done with it.
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/22/AR2008092202843.html

8) Deer Radios?
Video and wireless technology should be deployed to lower the highway death toll.
Link to commentary in W2i Wireless Government Report:
http://w2i.com/resource_center/the_w2i_report__weekly_newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_/id_230

9) New from Federal Highway Administration: Highway Infrastructure Security and Emergency Management (HIS/EM) Professional Capacity Building (PCB)
Link to Web site:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/security/emergencymgmt/profcapacitybldg/

TRANSIT

10) Chicago Transit Authority Test Drives Digital Ad Screen on Side of Bus
Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/transportation/chi-cta-bus-digital-23-sep23,0,2990805.column

11) Google Transit Expands to New York
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/google-tool-gives-new-york-transit-help/?hp

12) Googling a Suburban Transit Plan
Using advanced route-planning software and real-time wireless schedule updates, Yahoo, eBay and especially Google have pioneered “smart bus” services.
Link to guest commentary in the Twin Cities Daily Planet:
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/09/18/googling-suburban-transit-plan.html#

VEHICLES

13) Public Registry for Wrecks in US Back on Track
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/public-registry-for-wrecks-is-back-on-track/?nl=wheels&emc=wheelsa1


News Releases
1)
FlightView Releases Newest Visual Displays for Airport Terminals
2) Dubai RTA Launches QHSE Intranet Page to Enhance Communication Between Public Transport Employees


Upcoming Events
Aviation Industry Expo – March 10-12 – Las Vegas
http://aviationindustryexpo.com/as3gse/index.po


Today in Transportation History
1861 – Industrialist Robert Bosch was born in Albeck, Germany.
http://www.bosch.com/content/language2/html/2859.htm

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, September 22, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Airport IT Trends 2008
Link to story in Flight International:
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/09/22/316171/airport-it-trends-2008.html

2) Dublin Airport Radar Failure 'Could Happen Again'
Link to story in The Irish Independent:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/airport-radar-failure-could-happen-again-1478932.html

3) Social Networking Makes Its Way to the Sky
Link to story from Aviation:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26795573/

MARITIME

4) Cruise Port Information Site Delivers
Link to column in the San Francisco Chronicle:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/21/TRE612RJJL.DTL
Link to CruisePortInsider: http://cruiseportinsider.com/

OTHER

5) MIT Wheelchair Steers Clears with Wi-Fi
Link to CNET News story:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17912_3-10047399-72.html

RAILROADS

6) Years of Practical Use Prove that Rail Controls Work
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-trainbrakes22-2008sep22,0,3879363.story

SAFETY / SECURITY

7) US Department of Homeland Security Plans New Transportation Worker Identification Credential Rule
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/153858-1.html

8) Virginia Railway Express Says Cell Phones Valuable in Emergencies, Keeping Trains on Time
Link to story in The Free Lance-Star:
http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2008/092008/09202008/412116

TRANSIT

9) Washington, DC Metro’s Got More to Say
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/20/AR2008092001881.html

10) Transit Agencies Lose Bid to Expand Security Grants
Homeland Security Department rejects request to install systems that detect chemical threats in subway stations.
Link to story in The Boston Globe:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/09/22/t_loses_bid_to_expand_security_grants/

11) Montreal Shares 'Lessons' Learned from Transit Smartcard
Link to story in the National Post:
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2008/09/19/montreal-shares-lessons-learned-from-transit-smartcard.aspx

12) New South Wales Transit Tcard Gets a Second Chance
Link to story on Webdiary:
http://webdiary.com.au/cms/?q=node/2529

13) Washington, DC Metro Pushes Upgrades of Electronic Fare Cards to 2010
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/09/21/ST2008092102289.html

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

14) Michigan Sign Testing is More than Meets the Eye
Link to column in the Detroit Free Press:
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080922/COL12/809220322/1001/NEWS

VEHICLES

15) Once High-Tech, Head-Up Displays are Harder to Find in Cars and Trucks
Link to column in The Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122211276576263871.html


News Releases
1)
New Portable Navigation System To Feature Nissan's Carwings Service
2) TransCore Unveils RFID-based eZGo Anywhere Tag for National Interoperable Electronic Toll Collection
3) New Toll Transponder Fulfills Consumers' Desire for Driver Feedback


Solicitation
- Request for Proposals - Professional Consultant Services and ITS Technical Support to the RIDOT/TMC – Rhode Island Department of Transportation
http://www.purchasing.ri.gov/RIVIP/BidSearch.asp


Upcoming Events
41st Annual Conference of the UTSG – January 5-7 – London
http://www.utsg.net/conf.php


Today in Transportation History
2006 – The Grumman F-14 Tomcat jet was retired by the US Navy.
http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=1100&tid=1100&ct=1

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, September 19, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Watchdog: FAA Failed to Act on Runway Safety Problems
Link to AP story:
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=41012&dcn=todaysnews

CAMERAS

2) Traffic Light Scam Stuns Italian Motorists
Link to story in the Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/2983777/Traffic-light-scam-stuns-Italian-motorists.html

3) Pasay City, Philippines to Install Spy Cameras vs. Abusive Traffic Enforcers
Link to story in the Inquirer:
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20080919-161698/Pasay-City-to-install-spy-cameras-vs-abusive-traffic-men

CARTOGRAPHY

4) Specialized Maps Pinpoint Crime, Cheap Gas, More
Link to column in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kimkomando/2008-09-18-specialized-maps_N.htm

GPS / NAVIGATION

5) Russia’s Glonass to be Compatible with GPS, Galileo
Link to Interfax story:
http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1560638/russias_glonass_to_be_compatible_with_gps_galileo/

6) Your GPS and Live Traffic Updates
An explanation of services available in Australia.
Link to story in PC World Australia:
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;1073730321;fp;4194304;fpid;1

OTHER

7) Westwood One Gives More Details on Metro Networks Overhaul
Link to story in Radio Ink:
http://www.radioink.com/HeadlineEntry.asp?hid=143502&pt=todaysnews

PARKING

8) Spot Prices
New systems will make finding parking spaces easier and help to reduce congestion.
Link to story in The Economist:
http://www.economist.com/science/tm/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12236749

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

9) Avon and Somerset Constabulary Joins Facebook
Traffic updates among the services provided.
Link to story in the Weston and Somerset Mercury:
http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/content/twm/news/story.aspx?brand=Westonmercury&category=newsNorthSomerset&tBrand=westonmercury&tCategory=znews&itemid=WeED19%20Sep%202008%2009%3A06%3A44%3A400
Link to Facebook page: http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/facebook

RAILROADS

10) ‘Automated’ Railroads
Reporter looks at how they work and if they’re safe.
Link to story and video report on WTVC-TV:
http://www.newschannel9.com/news/jobs_971683___article.html/automated_people.html

11) Train Fans Fear Los Angeles Crash Will Derail Their Hobby
Link to AP story:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hy0jYaI8m9QlR9_6nf0pACTAlXSQD939CUGG3

12) Latest Edition of the European Rail Traffic Management System Newsletter Signal Online
Link to newsletter:
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/rail/ertms/newsletter/doc/2008/008_signal_2008_09_en.pdf

SAFETY / SECURITY

13) Anxiety-Detecting Machines Could Spot Terrorists
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-18-bioscanner_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

14) Salt Lake City Airport Safety Chief: Warnings Ignored
Says he was ordered not to bring safety fears to the attention of the public or city hall.
Link to story in The Salt Lake Tribune:
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10506829

15) Taking Pictures of Utah’s FrontRunner Train Could Land You in Trouble
Link to story and video report on KSL-TV:
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=4286032&autostart=y

TELEMATICS

16) Audi Backs Traffic Project to Get Cars Talking to Traffic Lights
Link to story on Jalopnik:
http://jalopnik.com/5052150/audi-backs-traffic-project-to-get-cars-talking-to-traffic-lights-minimize-time-spent-at-stops
Link to news release from Audi:
http://www.easier.com/view/News/Motoring/Audi/article-205024.html

TRANSIT

17) Rubbing Out Rudeness on Public Transit
Transit authorities around the US ramp up efforts to improve manners.
Link to story on MSNBC:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26741276/

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

18) Traffic-Tracking Phone Gets $14 Million Funding
Link to story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle:
http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2008/09/22/story1.html

VEHICLES

19) The Digital Car is the Next Big Applications Market
Link to commentary on VentureBeat:
http://venturebeat.com/2008/09/18/the-digital-car-is-the-next-big-applications-market/


News Releases
1)
Surface Navy Association Greater Washington Chapter Seeks Support for Operation Second Chance to Provide Conversion Van for Recovering Shipmates
2) Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers Web Site has a New Look
3) FHWA Invites Applications for Grants that Use Innovative Pricing Strategies that Relieve Congestion
4) US Department of Transportation Identifies Critical Border Congestion Relief Projects
5) Randall-Reilly and TransCore Form Partnership
6) Burlington County (New Jersey) Bridge Commission Invests in Technology Upgrades – Portable toll collection system can be used in emergencies


Upcoming Events
Digital Signage Expo 2009 – February 24-26 – Las Vegas
http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/Events/DigitalSignageExpo2009LasVegas/AttendeeInformation/AboutDSE2009/tabid/72/Default.aspx


Friday Bonus
Berlin transport system introduces scentsational new plan.
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3618306,00.html


Today in Transportation History
1881 – The St. Clare Tunnel, connecting Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, opened.
http://www.canadianheritage.org/images/large/20346.jpg

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 18, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Ads May be Your Companion on Next Spirit Flight
Link to story in the Detroit Free Press:
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080917/BLOG20/80917076/1032/FEATURES

CAMERAS

2) Trucking Without a Seat Belt? Smile for the Camera
Link to story in The Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/122153012375920.xml&coll=7

3) Washington State has Hidden Eye on Those Who Zip Through Work Zones
Link to story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/379533_dotcamera18.html

GPS / NAVIGATION

4) Galileo Opens First Transport Sat-Nav Data Center
Link to story on Transport Briefing:
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5201

MARITIME

5) The Box Takes Off on Global Journey
BBC News special will follow a shipping container around the world.
Link to BBC News story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7600180.stm

RAILROADS

6) California Regulators Ban Cell Use by Train Operators
Link to AP story:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20080918-1325-ca-traincollision.html

ROADWAYS

7) Abu Dhabi Transport Launches Web Site
Link to story in Gulf News:
http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Traffic_and_Transport/10245882.html
Link to site: http://www.dot.abudhabi.ae/

TRANSIT

8) Authorities: Engineer Texting on Day of California Train Wreck
Link to AP story:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-18-california-traincollision_N.htm

9) Metrolink: Cost Not a Factor
Link to story in The Sun:
http://www.sbsun.com/sanbernardino/ci_10493700

VEHICLES

10) Dick Landis, CEO of HELP, Inc. Interviewed About Prepass
Link to interview on WOR Radio:
http://wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=2913028


News Releases
1)
Avis Renters Enjoying the Ride More with eToll


Upcoming Events
Navigation & Location USA 2008 - December 2-3 – San Jose, California
http://www.telematicsupdate.com/navusa2008/


Today in Transportation History
1961 РUN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld was killed in a plane crash in Rhodesia.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/18/newsid_3790000/3790079.stm

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


Deadline to Enter ITS America’s Student Essay Competition Approaching September 30

The deadline for entering ITS America's 2008 Student Essay Competition, sponsored by Southwest Research Institute®, is September 30. ITS America’s Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Three winners will be honored at the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in New York City, November 16-20, 2008. The winners will receive complimentary registration, airfare and accommodations to attend the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. The winners will present their essays to the ITS community during the conference’s Research, Integration, Training and Education Forum Showcase. For the list of topics and entry guidelines, visit
http://www.itsworldcongress.org/student-essay-competition.html.


AVIATION

1) Edinburgh Airport Improves Transport Information
Link to story on FHR Travel News:
http://www.fhr-net.co.uk/travel_news/1478/edinburgh_airport_improves_transport_information/

CAMERAS

2) $5 Million Traffic-Camera Pact Probed in Washington, DC
Link to story in The Washington Times:
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/17/5-million-traffic-camera-pact-under-scrutiny/

GPS / NAVIGATION

3) Google Adds Street View, Walking Directions to Mobile Devices
Link to story in Computerworld:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9114933&intsrc=hm_list

RAILROADS

4) New Bill Mandates that Railroads Use Collision-Prevention System
Link to Scripps Howard News Service story:
http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/36352

ROADWAYS

5) September Issue of Florida DOT’s SunGuide Disseminator Online
Link to newsletter:
http://www.dot.state.fl.us/trafficoperations/Newsletters/2008/09_2008/09_2008.shtm

SAFETY / SECURITY

6) TSA Tests Scanner for Car Bombs
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-17-car-scanner_N.htm

7) US House Panel Gets Static on How to Develop First Responder System
Link to story in Government Executive:
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=40987&dcn=todaysnews

TRANSIT

8) Metrolink Balked at Safety Upgrade’s Cost
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-traincrash17-2008sep17,0,7005617.story

9) San Francisco Muni Set to Test TransLink Fare Card
Link to story in the San Francisco Chronicle:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/16/BA4C12VKH3.DTL

10) Toronto Smartcard Faces Bumpy Ride
Link to story in the Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/500521

11) Public Transit 2.0
Mobile Web technology could be the critical ingredient for creating transit systems that better react to the needs of riders.
Link to podcast from Planetizen:
http://www.planetizen.com/node/35009

VEHICLES

12) Experts in a Race to Keep Grandpa on the Road
Technological improvements could extend time behind the wheel.
Link to story in The Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080916.wlcar16/BNStory/lifeMain/


News Releases
1)
Southwest Pilots Launch TSA Demonstration Project to Test Biometric Screening
2) Pay-As-You-Drive Service Set to Reduce Emissions and Improve Road Safety in Europe
3) Delaware Builds on E-ZPass Success with PrePass Deployment
4)
Report: Drivers Over-Estimate Capabilities of Driving Aids and Safety Systems


Upcoming Events
ITS Canada Annual Conference and General Meeting – May 10-13 – Edmonton, Alberta
http://www.itscanada.ca/edmonton2009/


Today in Transportation History
1908 **100th anniversary** - The first fatality in powered aviation took place at Fort Myer, Virginia. US Army Lt. Thomas Etholen Selfridge died in the crash.
http://www.firstflight.org/shrine/thomas_selfridge.cfm

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Media Companies Seek Revenue, Branding at Airports
Link to AP story:
http://www.wthitv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9013013

OTHER

2) ‘Smart Ears’ for Machines
A traffic camera, for example, would know where to zoom when it heard a crash.
Link to story in The Engineer:
http://www.theengineer.co.uk/Articles/307956/'Smart+ears'+for+machines.htm

RAILROADS

3) Vast Controls to Curb Rail Crashes May be Years Off
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/us/16crash.html?partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

ROADWAYS

4) Cutting-Edge Technology Makes New I-35W Bridge a Model for Future
Link to story and audio report from Minnesota Public Radio:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/11/35w_technology/

SAFETY / SECURITY

5) California Seeks Train Operator Cell Phone Ban
Link to AP story:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5g-xsvlkTx_cLm6dJHngndxwYFgNAD937OAV00

6) Geocaching Creates Headache for Wyoming DOT
Link to story in the Casper Star-Tribune:
http://www.trib.com/articles/2008/09/15/news/casper/6e5bf20677727bdb872574c400211005.txt

7) US-VISIT May Miss Deadline
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/153797-1.html

8) Presentation and Video of ‘Complying with the New FHWA Regulation on High Visibility Garments’ Webinar Now Available
Link to webinar and presentations:
http://www.workzonesafety.org/training/webinar/2008_wz_webinar_high_visibility_clothing

TRANSIT

9) NTSB: Train Crash Could Have Been Prevented
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-15-train_N.htm

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

10) AT&T Shows Off Emerging Technology
One application matches a travel route to traffic cameras to check out a commute on a TV before leaving home.
Link to Cox News Service story:
http://www.dailyadvance.com/business/att-shows-off-emerging-technology-134088.html

VEHICLES

11) Australian Car Ads Urged to Include Emissions Info
Link to AAP story:
http://news.smh.com.au/national/car-ads-urged-to-include-emission-info-20080913-4fua.html


News Releases
1)
Cross Country Automotive Services Acquires ATX Group
2) Deadline to Enter ITS America's Student Essay Competition Approaching September 30
3)
Keeping Watch Over Sydney Ports
4) Speech Technologies, Multimedia and Traffic Information are Important Drivers for the US Navigation Market
5) Telvent Reaches Agreement to Acquire, for $445 Million, US-Based Business Information Services Provider DTN
6) TransCore Introduces the ‘Green Calculator’
7) ITT Achieves FAA Milestone on ADS-B Air Traffic Modernization Program


Job Postings
- Aerospace Engineer – Volpe National Transportation Systems Center – Cambridge, Massachusetts
http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobId=75623773&AVSDM=9%2F16%2F2008+2%3A50%3A49+PM


Upcoming Events
Navigation India 2008 – November 20-21 – New Delhi
http://www.telematicsupdate.com/navindia/index.shtml


Today in Transportation History
1908 **100th anniversary** - General Motors is organized.
http://www.gm.com/corporate/about/history/

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