Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Join IBTTA in Chicago for the Transformation of Transportation!

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1) UK Airports Deploy New Technology to Monitor Passenger Movement

System anonymously tracks cell phone signals as passengers move through terminals.

Link to story on Airport Technology:


2) Airport Maps iPhone App: Does It Really Help You Navigate Your Way Around North American Airports?

Link to review on Examiner:


3) The Race to Provide Wi-Fi While Flying

Link to story in The New York Times:



4) EZ Tags Pull Double Duty as Traffic Monitors

Link to story in the Houston Chronicle:



5) Are Even Higher Meter Prices in Your Future? Report Says They Should be

Report recommends higher rush hour parking rates, technology improvements to ease San Francisco's pervasive parking problems.

Link to story in the SFAppeal:



6) US Withheld Data Showing Cell Phone Driving Risks

Link to story in The New York Times:


7) The Color of Safety

An expert symposium, cosponsored by FHWA, looked at the use of color in conveying safety messages.

Link to story in Public Roads:



8) New OnStar Tech Keeps Stolen Vehicles from Starting

Link to review from CNET News:



9) Maryland Transit Authority Reins in Audio Surveillance Proposal

Link to story in The Baltimore Sun:



10) Before Creating the Car, Ford Designs the Driver

Link to story in The New York Times:


News Releases

1) Inrix Delivers Real-Time Traffic Flow Services for Europe

2) In-Vehicle Text-by-Voice Application Introduced by ATX to Automotive Market

3) Port of Long Beach, California to Test Emergency Public Address System

Job Posting

- Supervisory, Engineering Psychologist, Operations Research Analyst, or Industrial Engineer – Volpe National Transportation Systems Center – Cambridge, Massachusetts


Upcoming Events

15th Annual Central Europe/North America Airport Issues Conference – October 18-20 – Dubrovnik, Croatia


Today in Transportation History

1919 **90th anniversary** - The dirigible Wingfoot Air Express caught fire and crashed into a building in Chicago. Thirteen people died, including ten on the ground.


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