Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, August 18, 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 www.ibtta.org.


1) New Twist in Hudson River Collision Investigation

New account of crash clarifies what controller saw. Controllers union booted from investigation for public comments.

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2) ‘London’ Airport Name Change Row

Oxford Airport, 60 miles from capital, changes name to London Oxford Airport.

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3) Pittsburgh Develops, iBurgh, First iPhone App that Connects to 311

Link to story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


4) Latest Edition of Transport Business Online

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5) Cell Phones Problematic for 911

Link to story in USA Today:


6) FCC Considers State, Regional Public Safety Broadband Networks

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7) Former Officer Wants to Stop Driving and Phone Use

Link to story and video on KCNC-TV:



8) Massachusetts Giving Transit Data to Software Developers

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9) Work Begins on Expanding Cell Service in DC Metro

Link to story in The Washington Post:


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10) Survey: Bangalore Commuters Need More Info About Public Transport

Link to story in The Times of India:


11) Metrolink Operations Center Controls Massive Network

Link to story in the Los Angeles Daily News:



12) IBM Turns RFID, Sensor Data Into Actions

Data collected from networked sensors on highways can be used by governments to make decisions.

Link to story in InformationWeek:



13) Ford Plans Vehicles to Interact with Power Grids

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14) Are Blind Spots a Myth?

Link to story in The New York Times:


News Releases

1) Mentor Engineering Introduces ‘The Fleet Beat’ Blog for the Latest in Fleet Management

2) US Transportation Secretary Announces New Details on Distractracted Driving Summit

3) PrePass Isn't Just Weigh Stations Anymore - Transportation's Premier Public-Private Partnership Elects New Leaders; Announces New Services

Upcoming Events

Ontario Traffic Engineering Workshop – October 1 – Alliston, Ontario


Today in Transportation History

1989 **20th anniversary** - GPS Block 2 was launched.



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