Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, April 9, 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
site to view the preliminary agenda and register today!


1) NASA Safety Survey a Mystery
Link to AP story:
Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:

2) Fort Wayne Airport Gets $1.27 Million from Stimulus to Install Signs
They'll help pilots, crews find their way among runways.
Link to story in The News-Sentinel:

3) Atlanta Airport Grooving to Clean Music
Link to story on CNN:


4) Slovenian Motorway Users Happy with Tolling System
Link to Slovenian Press Agency story:


5) TomTom Brings New Technology Into GPS Market
Link to video interview with TomTom President Jocelyn Vigreux on NECN:


6) Surveillance of Public Spaces: A Privacy Issue?
Link to story in 1to1 Magazine:


7) Wind’s Impact on Highway Signs Studied
Link to story in The Huntsville Times:

8) Denver’s Northwest Parkway Leaves Mainline Plaza Unstaffed Overnight to Experiment with Cashless Toll Collection
Link to story in TOLLROADSnews:

9) Automating HOT Lane Enforcement
Link to story in Surface Transportation Innovations:


10) NASA Astronaut Tweets About Mission
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:
Link to Mike Massimino’s Twitter feed:


11) Mississippi DOT to Use Twitter for Hurricane Evacuations
Link to story in the Hattiesburg American:


12) Calls to 311 Prove a Drag on San Francisco Muni’s Budget
Agency charged $1.96 each time a caller requests bus arrival times.
Link to story in The Examiner:

13) New York City Fare-Hike Revolt Rising Up on Facebook
Link to story in amNew York:


14) Cars Gone Wireless
Automakers and tech companies are adding a growing array of information and entertainment extras such as Web access in vehicles
Link to story in BusinessWeek:

News Releases
Social Networking Shifts Car-Sharing Into High Gear at Stanford University
2) US Department of Transportation Secretary LaHood to Speak at ITS America's 2009 Annual Meeting & Exposition on June 1
3) FCC Adopts Rules to Expand, Enhance First Responders' Use of Broadband Communications
4) National Center for Atmospheric Research Tests System to Steer Drivers Away from Dangerous Weather
5) Trafficmaster Supports AA’s New 84322 Traffic Information Service
6) Luxury Automaker Takes the HD Radio Fast Lane

Upcoming Events
mobil.TUM 2009 - ITS for Larger Cities – May 12-13 – Munich

Today in Transportation History
1959 **50th anniversary** - NASA introduces the Mercury Seven, the first group of American astronauts.

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