Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, October 13, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057

Professional Development Hours Offered for Attendees of the 15th World Congress on ITS

Your attendance at the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and ITS America’s Annual Meeting will entitle you to earn up to as many as 23 professional development hour (PDH) units. Many engineering and related licensure and certification agencies around the world require the demonstration of continuing professional competency that is met by the range of plenary, technical, scientific, executive, special, and interactive sessions you can attend in New York. For more information and to register, go to


1) US Public Waking Up to Benefits of NextGen ADS-B?
Link to story on AVWeb:

2) Experts Divided Over Safety Risks of Gadgets
Link to story in The New Straits Times:


3) Massachusetts Turnpike Sued for Fast Lane, E-ZPass Toll Differences
Link to story in The Boston Globe:


4) The Road Less Stupid
Mobile mapping units create 3D images of buildings for the next-generation of navigation units.
Link to story in Forbes:

5) US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Expands Its Geodetic Reference Network with New GPS Stations
Link to story in Government Computer News:


6) Malaysian Transport Ministry to Set Up Call Centers to Handle Complaints Against Road Transport Department
Link to Bernama story:


7) View from the Top
Photographer Dave Frieder climbs high to gain perspective on bridges.
Link to story in The Star-Ledger:

8) Two New Publications from the Transportation Research Board
- A Guide to Traffic Control of Rural Roads in an Agricultural Emergency
- A Guide to Emergency Quarantine and Isolation Controls of Roads in Rural Areas


9) Step-on Scanner Lets Air Passengers Keep Shoes On
Link to Reuters story:

10) Report Slams TSA Failure to Track Security Passes
Link to story in USA Today:

11) Tennessee Investigating Highway Safety Office Use of Funds
Link to AP story:

12) Armed Robot May Patrol Israeli Airport
Vehicle is fitted with cameras and weapons systems, to replace the manned patrols that monitor the airport gate.
Link to story in Haaretz:


13) Chicago Transit Authority, Car-Sharing Group Announce Plan for New Transit Card
Link to story in the Chicago Tribune:,0,3551673.story

14) London Train Station Refuses to Display Train Death Sculpture
Link to story in the Guardian:

15) Stamford, Connecticut Transitway to Have High-Tech Element
Link to story in The Advocate:

16) Mobile Message
Trans 1 Graphix garners attention in outdoor advertising niche with big-format, wraparound signs for IndyGo buses, other clients.
Link to story in The Indianapolis Star:


17) Technology Helps New Hampshire Commuters Avoid Traffic
Link to story in the New Hampshire Union Leader:

News Releases
Live Surveillance Video from Public Transportation Vehicles a Reality
2) For Safer Roads in Cities: European Road Safety Day 2008
3) Garmin Enhances Functionality of Fleet Management Interface
4) Mobile Navigation Services are Now Taking off in North America and Europe, Following the Introduction of GPS Handsets
5) TomTom Using Celebrity Voices for SatNavs to Raise Money for Charity

Upcoming Events
ITS Washington Annual Meeting – November 12 – Bellevue, Washington

Today in Transportation History
1775 – The Continental Navy is established by the US Continental Congress.

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1 comment:

das said...

The newsletter began as a discussion group on on June 13, 1998 and evolved into its current newsletter format over the next several years. The newsletter features a collection of news items and information related to all aspects of communications in the transportation field. Frequent topics include intelligent transportation systems, telematics and traveler information systems. The newsletter uses a headline and link format which allows readers to skim the stories and click on only those which are of interest.