Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Transportation Communications Newsletter
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057
Deadline Extended to April 17 for ITS America’s Student Essay Competition
The deadline to submit entries for the Student Essay Competition has been extended to April 17. This year’s competition, one of the highlights of ITS America's Annual Meeting, is sponsored by Southwest Research Institute. The Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems and solutions. Three winners will be honored in conjunction with the Best of ITS Awards during an awards ceremony on Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD – inside the Washington DC metropolitan area. For full entry guidelines and essay topics for this competition, please click here. If you have further questions, please contact Edgar Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org 202-21-4223.
1) FAA Gets High Marks for Deployment of Satellite-Based Surveillance System
Link to story in Aircraft Maintenance Technology:
2) Pilot Project in UK Uses Cameras in Helmets of Traffic Wardens to Record Video and Sound
Cameras to be used to resolve disputes over fines but concerns about recording private conversations.
Link to story in the Enfield Independent:
PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION
3) National Work Zone Awareness Week
Link to story and video on WTTG-TV:
Link to news release from US DOT:
4) Rhode Island DOT Enters the World of Social Networking
Link to story in The Interchange:
http://www.dot.ri.gov/documents/news/interchg/Winter2009.pdf (page 8)
5) United Transportation Union Launches Close-Call Pilot Program with NJ Transit
Link to story in Progressive Railroading:
Link to UTU news release:
6) West Virginia House Approves Emergency Response Bill
State department of transportation must be notified during certain emergencies.
Link to story in The Charleston Gazette:
7) Signs at I-75 Ramp in Atlanta Incomplete, Two Years After Fatal Bus Crash
Link to story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
SAFETY / SECURITY
8) Whole-Body Scans Pass First Airport Tests
Link to story in The New York Times:
9) New York City Transit Begins to Blog the L Train
Link to story in Metro:
10) Dude, Where’s My Bus? Ask DIYcity!
Link to story in The New York Observer:
Link to DIYcity: http://www.diycity.org/
11) Wireless Passenger Communications System
Link to document from the Federal Railroad Administration:
TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT
12) Road Weather Information System Environmental Sensor Station Siting Guide Version 2.0
Link to draft report from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration:
13) Utah Rolls Out New ‘Share the Road’ License Plate
Link to story in The Salt Lake Tribune:
1) New Greyhound Buses Redefine Leisure Travel – Upgraded Fleet Features Wi-Fi
2) Houston TranStar Goes Twitter
APTA Rail Conference – June 14-18 – Chicago
Today in Transportation History
1989 **20th anniversary** - A bus, en route from Montreal to New York, was hijacked to Ottawa.
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