Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, August 27, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Countdown to IBTTA’s 77th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, September 13-16, 2009 in Chicago — Register Today!

IBTTA's 77th Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the most significant gathering of toll industry professionals in the world. Attend this meeting and interact with the most influential experts and decision makers from around the globe and discuss ideas and solutions about transportation financing strategies, the future of tolling and paying for mobility, AET and Interoperability, new ideas for the new economy and sustainable transportation. Featured speakers include Stuart Varney, Business and Financial Journalist; Mark Shields, Syndicated Columnist and Political Analyst; Robert Atkinson, President, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Chairman, National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission; and General (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey, Retired U.S. Army General, News Commentator, and Business Consultant. Register by August 21 and receive a $100 discount off your registration fee. This meeting is hosted by the Illinois Tollway and will be held at the Hyatt Regency. For information on registration, hotel reservations, exhibiting or sponsorship, visit IBTTA's website at


1) LAX Simulator Puts Trainees in the Hot Seat

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:,0,239228.story


2) GPS Hackers Blaze Own Trails with Crowdsourced Maps

Link to article in Wired:


3) Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Warns of Fake Web Site

Link to Vermont Press Bureau article:


4) BNSF Wants Automatic Brake Rule Eased

Link to Bloomberg News article:


5) Kansas City-Area Transit Becoming More Tech Friendly

Link to article in The Kansas City Star:

6) Recession Prompts MARTA to Spend on Image

Link to article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:


7) Evaluation of the National CVISN Deployment Program

Link to final report from US DOT:

News Releases

1) Connected Vehicle Testing Begins at Michigan International Speedway

2) NOAA, Japan Establish Navigation Satellite Ground Station in Guam

3) Navteq Study Shows Traffic-Enabled Navigation Can Save Drivers 4 Days per Year

4) US Department of Transportation Awards $100,000 Research Contract to Solar Roadways

Upcoming Events

ITS Georgia Annual Meeting – October 4-6 – Young Harris, Georgia

Today in Transportation History

1859 **150th anniversary** - In Titusville, Pennsylvania the world’s first successful oil well was drilled.


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