Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, September 15, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

ITS America Still Accepting Entries for 2008 Best of ITS Awards
The “Best of ITS Awards” honor the most innovative, effective and influential achievements in the public and private sectors of our industry. ITS America has extended the entry deadline for the 2008 Best of ITS awards program to Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. The awards will be presented on November 17 in New York City during the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. ITS America will award a private company and public agency in each of the following categories: Best New Product, Service, or Application; Rural ITS Project of the Year; Sustainability in Transportation; Outreach; Partnership Deployment: Business-to-Business or Government-to-Government; Partnership Deployment: Public-Private; and Research and Innovation. For complete program and application details, visit


1) FAA: New Flight Navigational Technology is Greener
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2) System Glitch Halts ANA Flights
Link to story in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

3) Internet in the Sky: Surf but Don’t Make Phone Calls
Link to essay in The New York Times:


4) Bus Times to Get Real in Wellington, New Zealand Area
Link to story in The Dominion Post:


5) Fears Over Privacy as UK Police Expand Surveillance Project
Car surveillance project will hold details of journeys for up to five years.
Link to story in The Guardian:


6) More Truckers Steer by GPS to Save on Fuel, Time
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7) Google Service Uses Cell Towers to Locate Users
Link to IDG News Service story:


8) Metrolink Spokesperson Quits Over Dispute
Link to story in the Daily Breeze:


9) Bahrain to Begin Introduction of Intelligent Transportation System Next Year
Link to story in the Gulf Daily News:

10) UK Road Signs to Come Under Review
Link to BBC News story:
Link to news release from the Department for Transport:

11) Rains a Bad Signal for Traffic Lights in Cape Town, South Africa
Link to story in the Cape Argus:


12) Chipping Away at Border Waits
New York hopes new Enhanced Drivers License appeals to travelers.
Link to story in the Times Union:

13) New Jersey Parents Can Check School Bus Safety Records Online
Link to Gannett New Jersey story:


14) Metrolink Crash: How Trains Navigate the Tracks
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:

15) Control Devices Could Have Prevented Metrolink Crash, Experts Say
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:

16) NTSB to Seek Cell Phone Records in Los Angeles Train Crash
Link to AP story:

17) Washington, DC Metro Transit Police Look at Text-Messaging to Report Crimes
Link to story in The Washington Post:


18) Mobile Technology Moving On
Pioneering system uses wireless and satellite communications technology to provide instant live transport and traffic information direct to handsets.
Link to story in the Reading Evening Post:

News Releases
ADASIS Forum to Present ‘ADASIS Light’ in New York
2) CVIS Workshop and Product Launch Event 2008
3) Brisbane Traffic Management Nerve Center Part of Congestion-Busting Focus

Upcoming Events
Passenger Terminal Expo Middle East – November 16-18 – Abu Dhabi

Today in Transportation History
1958 **50th anniversary** - A Central Railroad of New Jersey passenger train runs off an open drawbridge into Newark Bay.,9171,821163,00.html

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