Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, January 12, 2009 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) FAA: Aging Controllers, Lax Rules Trouble Agency
Link to story and audio report on NPR’s Morning Edition:

2) Air GPS
Newark Liberty Airport is set to be the first major airport to test new technology designed to cut flight delays.
Link to story and video report on Fox News:

3) Reducing Risk with Safety Management Systems
Link to story in Airport Business:$24743


4) El Mirage First Arizona City to OK Traffic Cameras at Rail Crossings
Link to story and video in The Arizona Republic:


5) GPS to be Used in US Hours of Service Enforcement for Truckers
Link to story in Today’s Trucking:

6) Interview with Bill Henry, CEO of Tele Atlas
Link to video in GPS Business News:,-CEO,-Tele-Atlas_a1263.html


7) Nova Scotia Ferries to Get Cameras
Link to story in The Chronicle Herald:

8) Lack of VMS Code Slowed US Coast Guard
Commander says they couldn’t access info that could have pinpointed doomed fishing boat.
Link to story in the Gloucester Daily Times:


9) January Issue of Florida DOT’s SunGuide Disseminator
Link to newsletter:


10) Railroads Rely on Education, Engineering to Reduce Grade Crossing Accidents
Link to story in Progressive Railroading:


11) Signs of the Times
Waterloo, Iowa installs larger signs for aging motorists.
Link to story in the Courier:

12) Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Defends Use of the Color Pink on Signs and Infrastructure
Link to Philippines News Agency story:

13) California Lawmakers Propose Moratorium on Digital Billboards
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:,0,3026280.story

14) Road Pricing in The Netherlands
Link to story from ERTICO – ITS Europe:


15) Could Drivers Face Total Cell Phone Bans?
Group launches campaign to persuade businesses and states to enact ban.
Link to ABC News story:

16) Visitors to US Required to Register Online
Link to CNET News story:


17) Chicago Transit Authority Tests Digital Screens Showing Arrival Times
Link to story on WBEZ Radio:


18) Glitches in Wisconsin Phone System for Road Conditions Being Fixed
Link to story in the Journal Sentinel:

19) Signage Part of $6 Million Project to Inform Kansas Drivers
Link to story in The Capital-Journal:

20) Miscommunication Blamed for Inauguration Rehearsal Snafu
Link to story on WTOP Radio:


21) HD Radio Picks Up Carmakers; Will Listeners Follow?
Link to column in The Washington Post:

22) Slideshow: Car Tech at CES
Link to photos in PC World:

News Releases
Open Software the Only Way Forward for the Automotive Industry
2) BMW Assist Extends Automatic Collision Notification to Include ‘Risk of Severe Injury’ Algorithm
3) ATX Launches Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification for BMW
4) Cobra Electronics Introduces AURA Camera and Driving Hazard Database
5) 3M Sign Grant Program Helps Municipalities Meet Federal Transportation Mandate

Upcoming Events
American Society of Highway Engineers 2009 National Conference – June 3-7 – Atlanta

Today in Transportation History
1934 **75th anniversary** - A mass flight of six Consolidated P2Y-1 seaplanes from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor was completed by the US Navy.

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