Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, April 2, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Registration is now open for IBTTA’s Upcoming Summit —
The Future of Tolling: ORT and the Path to Interoperability, June 14-16, 2009 in Tampa, FL

Join IBTTA in Tampa, FL and receive cutting-edge information from agencies and toll service providers around the globe on the latest in all-electronic tolling, toll traffic management, and achieving full interoperability. This is the only Summit in the world in 2009 focused on the critical topics of Open Road Tolling, All-Electronic Tolling and Interoperability and will feature more than 100 of our industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable speakers, panelists and exhibitors. What matters most is your customer’s experience driving your roads, the quality of service they receive during the payment process and your success in collecting those payments. Are your customers satisfied? Visit IBTTA’s web
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1) American Airlines Union Goes Viral Against Execs
Link to AP story:

2) Aircraft Could be Brought Down by DIY ‘E-Bombs’
Link to story in New Scientist:

3) EU Says Phone-Ready Planes to Double by Next Year
Link to column in The Wall Street Journal:


4) Promoting the Use of Bicycles on Federal Lands
Link to report from the Western Transportation Institute:


5) In Surprising Reversal, Maryland Senate Rejects Speed Cameras
Link to story in The Baltimore Sun:,0,1079669.story


6) Toll Discounts for In-State Residents Draw Constitutional Challenge
Link to story in The New York Times:


7) TomTom Signs Deal with TrafficCast for Data for Wireless Navigation Device
Link to story in The Wall Street Journal:
Link to news release from TrafficCast:


8) New Jersey Warns Against Walking on Highways
Link to AP story:


9) Microsoft’s Telephony Software Gains Railroad Ties
BNSF hopes software can replacing aging phone system and attract younger workers.
Link to CNET News column:

10) Latest Issue of Signal the Newsletter of ERTMS, the European Rail Traffic Management System
Link to newsletter:


11) Rural Issues with Optimal Sensor Placement for Transportation Applications
Link to report from the Western Transportation Institute:


12) US to Boost Ports of Entry Along US-Mexico Border
Plan calls for high-tech inspection equipment and surveillance systems.
Link to AP story:
Link to news release from the US Department of Homeland Security:

13) Free Videos Aim to Reduce Teen Driving Fatalities
Link to story in The Wichita Eagle:

14) Ad Hoc Routing for Rural Public Safety
Link to report from the Western Transportation Institute:


15) FM Stations Help Punjab Police Control Traffic
Link to story in The Indian Express:

16) Alcoa, Tennessee Named ‘Smart City’ for Transportation
Link to story in Blount Today:


17) Can a Speed Demon Tame Teen Drivers?
A young inventor's gadget lets parents track kids behind the wheel.
Link to story and video in The Boston Globe:

News Releases
AASHTO Launches Are We There Yet? We Can Be. America, Let's Get Moving!
2) Dashboard Navigation System Doubles as Covert GPS Tracker: Lets Boss Sit in Passenger Seat
3) Apisphere to Provide Mobile Traffic Network with Location-Smart Messaging

Upcoming Events
National Transit Institute Transit ITS Regional Workshops – April 29-30 – Chicago & June 9-10 - Dallas

Today in Transportation History
1804 **205th anniversary** - The HMS Apollo ran aground off the Portuguese coast. About 40 ships following in the convoy also were wrecked.

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