Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, September 14, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) San Francisco Muni to Conduct Routine Inspections of Cameras

Previously, problems only discovered following incidents.

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

2) Arizona Driver Dons Monkey Masks to Elude Tickets

Link to AP article:


3) GIS is the Big Winner in Push for Open Government

Link to analysis in Government Technology:


4) Let Your iPhone Drive You

A review of driving-directions applications.

Link to article in PC Magazine:,2817,2352763,00.asp


5) Washington State Considers Selling Company Naming Right on Ferries

Link to article in The Seattle Times:


6) Latest Edition of Thinking Highways Online

Link to magazine: (Europe/Rest of World Edition)


7) Scottish Political Party: Ministers Should Red Light 'Unnecessary' Road Signs

Link to STV News story:

8) Minnesota Engineers Take a New Line on Road Safety

Wider stripes, reflective tape part of effort to reduce fatalities on rural roads.

Link to story on Minnesota Public Radio:

9) Billboards Spur a Fight in New York City - Free Speech vs. Beauty

Link to article in The New York Times:

10) Interstate Highway Signs in Chicago-Area Leave Drivers Guessing

Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:,0,3208128.column


11) How Can We Improve Transportation Security?

Link to comments on the National Journal Transportation Expert Blog:


12) Despite Hiccups, New Metra Web Site Records Record Numbers

Link to story on WBBM Radio:


13) Revamped Florida 511 Service Leaves Drivers with Phone Rage

Link to article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:,0,3324106.story

14) UK Highways Agency Fast Lane Traffic Monitoring Scheme Worth £200 Million

Link to article in CIO UK:

15) US 50 Sensors Gauge Ocean City, Maryland Beach Traffic

Link to article in The Daily Times:

16) India’s Union Ministry Frames Service Benchmark for Public Transport, Including ITS, for JNNURM Cities

Link to article in The Times of India:

17) New Study Show Bay Area Drivers Upset at Congestion, but Unlikely to Change

Information that predicts traffic congestion would help.

Link to article in The Examiner:


18) Disclosure Sought on ‘Opt Out’ for Side Airbags

Link to article in The Detroit News:

19) Now, Technology is Job One

Ford shows off new gadgets, power motor.

Link to commentary on MarketWatch:

20) Car Harnesses Fighter Jet Technology

Link to BBC News story:

News Releases

1) uLocate Launches Pioneering Mobile Traffic Service Nationwide Helping Drivers Save Time and Money

2) New Co-operative Detection System Developed by VTT

3) Tel Aviv University Invents a Digital ‘White Stick’ for the Visually Impaired

4) TransCore Broadens Portfolio of RFID Technology, Introduces Three New Toll Transponders and 5.9 GHz Adaptable Encompass 6 Reader

5) Unlimited Personalization with BMW ConnectedDrive

6) Telvent to Implement the First Open Road Tolling System in New Hampshire

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Aligning ITS Projects and Programs with Your Agency's Strategic Goals – September 17

Today in Transportation History

1959 **50th anniversary** - Luna 2, a Soviet spacecraft, became the first man-made object to reach the Moon.


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