Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

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


1) Watchdog: FAA Failed to Act on Runway Safety Problems
Link to AP story:


2) Traffic Light Scam Stuns Italian Motorists
Link to story in the Telegraph:

3) Pasay City, Philippines to Install Spy Cameras vs. Abusive Traffic Enforcers
Link to story in the Inquirer:


4) Specialized Maps Pinpoint Crime, Cheap Gas, More
Link to column in USA Today:


5) Russia’s Glonass to be Compatible with GPS, Galileo
Link to Interfax story:

6) Your GPS and Live Traffic Updates
An explanation of services available in Australia.
Link to story in PC World Australia:;1073730321;fp;4194304;fpid;1


7) Westwood One Gives More Details on Metro Networks Overhaul
Link to story in Radio Ink:


8) Spot Prices
New systems will make finding parking spaces easier and help to reduce congestion.
Link to story in The Economist:


9) Avon and Somerset Constabulary Joins Facebook
Traffic updates among the services provided.
Link to story in the Weston and Somerset Mercury:
Link to Facebook page:


10) ‘Automated’ Railroads
Reporter looks at how they work and if they’re safe.
Link to story and video report on WTVC-TV:

11) Train Fans Fear Los Angeles Crash Will Derail Their Hobby
Link to AP story:

12) Latest Edition of the European Rail Traffic Management System Newsletter Signal Online
Link to newsletter:


13) Anxiety-Detecting Machines Could Spot Terrorists
Link to story in USA Today:

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:

15) Taking Pictures of Utah’s FrontRunner Train Could Land You in Trouble
Link to story and video report on KSL-TV:


16) Audi Backs Traffic Project to Get Cars Talking to Traffic Lights
Link to story on Jalopnik:
Link to news release from Audi:


17) Rubbing Out Rudeness on Public Transit
Transit authorities around the US ramp up efforts to improve manners.
Link to story on MSNBC:


18) Traffic-Tracking Phone Gets $14 Million Funding
Link to story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle:


19) The Digital Car is the Next Big Applications Market
Link to commentary on VentureBeat:

News Releases
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

Friday Bonus
Berlin transport system introduces scentsational new plan.,2144,3618306,00.html

Today in Transportation History
1881 – The St. Clare Tunnel, connecting Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, opened.

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