Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, April 23, 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) FAA Plan Would Require Alarms on Air Ambulances
Would warn pilot if helicopter is in danger of hitting the ground.
Link to story in USA Today:
Link to FAA testimony at congressional hearing:


2) Taiwan Lawmakers Criticize ‘Smart Bus’ Plan
System to inform riders of arrival times called a waste of money.
Link to story in the Taipei Times:


3) Traffic Camera Lawsuit Could Force Cleveland to Refund Millions in Fines
Link to story in The Plain Dealer:

4) Legislation Introduced in Ohio to Ban Red Light Cameras
Link to story in the Dayton Daily News:

5) Wisconsin Highway 172 Cameras Proving Useful in Emergencies
Link to story on WBAY-TV:

6) Pennsylvania DOT Adds Traffic Cameras on I-79
Link to story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


7) Cities Track Stimulus Money on New Web Sites
Link to story in Washington Technology:


8) Remote Control is a Failure for Railroads
Link to commentary on Seeking Alpha:


9) Eye-Catching Highway Billboards in Newfoundland and Labrador to be Trashed
Link to CBC News story:


10) Satellite Tracking for School Buses in North Wales
Parents will be able to use satellite tracking to check their children are on the school bus, as part of a new pilot project.
Link to BBC News story:


11) Beat the Traffic Embraces Bluetooth
Uses Wii remote for interactive reporting.
Link to story and video in Broadcasting & Cable:


12) European Parliament Backs Strict Labeling for Tires
Link to story on EurActiv:

News Releases
US DOT Requests Public Comments on ITS Program
2) ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’: Using Technology to Make EU Roads Safer
3) Urban Mobility: More EU Funding Wanted for Inner-City Transport Systems
4) SITA and Appear Deploy First Context-Aware Mobile Platform for Airlines and Airports
5) Kansas City Royals Enhance Fan Experience in New Kaufmann Stadium – Cisco StadiumVision System Will Include Traffic Updates
6) NTSB Acting Chairman Praises DOT Secretary for Release of Bird Strike Data, Suggestion for Mandatory Reporting
7) Ford’s MyKey Teen Safety Technology Honored, Praised for Potential Life-Saving Benefits

Upcoming Events
FTA’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Strategic Planning Workshop – May 6 – Chicago

Today in Transportation History
1949 **60th anniversary** - The People’s Liberation Navy was founded in China.

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