Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, March 16, 2009 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) FAA’s New En Route System Almost Ready for Debut
Link to story in Aviation Week and Space Technology:'s%20New%20En%20Route%20System%20Almost%20Ready%20for%20Debut
Link to FAA fact sheet on En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM):


2) In Arizona, Let the Driver Beware
Writer says he won’t be visiting Arizona soon after seeing temporary speed-zones set up with traffic cameras.
Link to commentary in The New York Times:


3) Expressway Tolls Likely to Confuse in Japan
Drivers concerned over complicated pricing structure of new system.
Link to story in The Yomiuri Shimbun:


4) Transparency for Stimulus Spending Remains a Work in Progress
Link to story in Government Executive:

5) San Francisco Bay Transportation Panel Supports Forcing Motorists to Report Mileage, Privacy Fears Aroused
Link to story in the Contra Costa Times:
Link to California Assembly Bill 1135:

6) Convicted Massachusetts Drivers Kept Their Licenses
Link to story in The Boston Globe:


7) Amtrak Crash a Decade Ago Sparked Safety Progress
Link to story in The Daily Journal:


8) London Mayor Mulls ‘Intelligent’ Congestion Charge System for City
Link to story in the Guardian:

9) Spending Stimulus on Highway Signs Questioned
Link to story in the Connecticut Post:

10) Ohio DOT to Update Tractor Warning Signs
Link to story in The Plain Dealer:
Link to photo of old-style sign:

11) Who Got Dan Ryan Deals?
Illinois DOT provides some information following requests for list of contractors and sub-contractors.
Link to story in the Chicago Sun-Times:,CST-NWS-watchdog16.article

12) Risque Shop ‘Adopts’ Connecticut Highway
Link to AP story:,0,1751556.story


13) International Conference Steers Toward Traffic Safety
Link to story in the Edmonton Sun:
Link to additional information on Urban Traffic Safety Conference:

14) Anti-Terrorism Posters at UK Airport
Link to BBC News story:


15) Washington State Bus Agency Says ‘Enough’ on Bus Ads
Agency calls for a moratorium on public service advertisements following controversy on border patrol posters.
Link to story in the Peninsula Daily News:
Link to notice from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation:
Link to further information from the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee:

16) Toronto Subway Plans Could Signal the End of Line for Train Drivers
Link to story in the Toronto Star:


17) US Transportation Security Administration Watching Fliers Far Beyond Metal Detectors
Link to story in The Columbus Dispatch:
Link to additional information on Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program:


18) Helping Cars ‘ Talk’ with One Another Goal of Connected Vehicle Proving Center in Ann Arbor
Link to story in The Ann Arbor News:

News Releases
International Maritime Organization's Navigational Warning System Used to Advise of DPRK Satellite Launch
Citilog Announces Automatic Incident Detection (AID) Traffic Management Software Version 6 that Enhances Incident Detection, Trajectory Tracking and Video Quality

Job Postings
- Traffic Safety Center Director – University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, California

- Request for Proposals – Effectiveness of Different Approaches to Disseminating Traveler Information on Travel Time Reliability – Transportation Research Board

Upcoming Events
Airports Canada 2009 – April 28-30 - Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada

Today in Transportation History
1926 – In Auburn, Massachusetts Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket.

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