Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) Ahmedabed BRT – A Public Transport System that Thinks
Link to story in The Times of India:


2) Garmin Introduces Lifetime Map-Update Program
Link to CNET News story:
Link to news release from Garmin:


3) Sensors Monitor Vermont Highway Conditions
Link to story in the Burlington Free Press:

4) All-Weather Pavement Marking System Ready for Test
Link to story in Innovator:

5) Florida DOT’s SMART Moves Newsletter Online
Link to newsletter:


6) Management Knew About Train Engineer’s Texting, Lawyers Say
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:,0,385265.story


7) Toyota to Launch OnStar Competitor in US
Link to Reuters story:

8) Airbiquity Shows New Telematics Platform, Including Song Tagging
Link to blog in The Seattle Times:
Link to news release from Airbiquity:

9) Convergence is the Name of the Game with In-Car Electronics
Link to story in Consumer Reports:


10) TriMet, Portland Not Communicating During Storm, Review FindsLink to story in The Oregonian:

11) Clean, On Time and Empty. ‘Ghost Bus’ to Spare Ministers’ Blushes
Once a week bus runs to avoid public consultations on discontinued rail service.
Link to story in The Times:

12) SEPTA to Test ‘Quiet Cars’ on Rush-Hour Trains
Link to story in The Philadelphia Inquirer:

13) Chicago Transit Authority, Car Sharing Company Debut Joint Smart Card
Link to story in Metro Magazine:

14) iGov
How government, including transportation agencies, are opening up on the Web.
Link to story in The Atlantic:

15) Transit: Marketing; Bus and Paratransit
Link to papers from the Transportation Research Board:


16) Nissan Recalling More than 240,000 Trucks
Potential damage to crash zone sensor could affect air bags.
Link to AP story:

17) Christian License Plate Backers Vow to Prevail
Link to story in The Greenville News:

18) Arizona License Plates to Have Anti-abortion Message Option Soon
Link to Capitol Media Services story:

News Releases
Northrop Grumman Receives Nationwide Automatic Identification System Contract from US Coast Guard
2) Hughes Telematics Becomes First in Industry to Implement Next Generation Telematics Architecture
3) ecoRoute from Garmin Helps Drivers Save Gas and Money Through Fuel-Efficient Paths, Smarter Driving Habits
4) Garmin’s nüvi 885T Combines Voice Activation, Lane Assist with Junction View and Enhanced MSN Direct Services
5) Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Announces Dual-Brand Telematics Programs: Lexus Enform and Safety Connect Available in 2009
6) Nissan Participates in ITS-Safety 2010 Industry-Wide Test
7) Trafficmaster Launches Its National Digital Traffic Broadcast Service in the UK
8) Get to Work (and Home) on Time with Trafficmaster’s Route Guard

Job Posting
- Transportation Specialist, GS-2101- 15 DP – Federal Highway Administration – Washington, DC

Upcoming Events
Mid-America Trucking Show – March 19-21 – Louisville, Kentucky

Today in Transportation History
1904 **105th anniversary** - The call “C.Q.D.” was announced by the Marconi Company as a distress signal for ships at sea.

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