Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, September 21, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register Now for INRIX’s Free Webinar on the INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Special Report

Covered by CNN and hundreds of other news media, INRIX has just released the INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Mid-Year 2009 Special Report, calling a "bottom in traffic gridlock." Traffic congestion across the country is rising due to signs of economic recovery, initial rollouts of highway construction projects funded by federal stimulus packages, and lower fuel prices.

By analyzing traffic in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, the Scorecard provides the most comprehensive and national scale glimpse into the intractable issues of urban traffic congestion. Additionally, INRIX analyzed information from its vast data warehouse to provide a snapshot of commercial freight traffic concentration. This webinar -- hosted by Rick Schuman, INRIX VP of Public Sector -- will provide an executive summary of the report findings.

Register now at Download the full Scorecard report at

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009 Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM (PDT); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EDT)


1) Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Starts Facebook Page

Link to article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:

2) Charting a New Path for FAA

Link to commentary from FAA CIO in Federal Times:


3) Pakistan Government to Establish Communication System for Port Security

Link to article in the Daily Times:


4) Intelligent Transport Innovations Center Being Built in UK

Link to article in The Engineer:

5) Castrol Uses Cameras and Digital Billboards to Talk Directly to Motorists

Link to article in Brand Republic:


6) Lawsuit Threat Got Amtrak to Disclose Bridge Inspection Reports

Link to report in The Philadelphia Inquirer:


7) Washington State DOT Report: 'Rumble Strips' on State Highways Cut Accidents by Nearly 60 Percent

Link to article in The Seattle Times:


8) Transportation Security Administration Privacy Stewardship

Link to report from the US Department of Homeland Security Inspector General:


9) DC Metro Turns to Suicide-Prevention Groups for Help

Link to article in The Washington Post:

10) Miami-Dade Transit Cards to Introduce No-Cash Fare Payments

Link to article in The Miami Herald:

11) London’s Tube Puts Thames Back on the Map

Link to story on NPR’s Morning Edition:

12) Transit Advertising in Kenya Slows as Marketers Slash Budgets

Link to article in Business Daily:

13) Seattle Transit Expands Smart Card System

Link to article in Metro Magazine:

14) MBTA Updates System Maps, Signage

Link to article in Metro Magazine:


15) Real-Time Traffic Reporting, on Time

Link to article in The New York Times:

16) The National Incident Management System – A Workbook for State Department of Transportation Frontline Workers

Link to documents from the Federal Highway Administration:

(supervisor instructions)


17) Building a Safer Car

Your next vehicle might automatically check your pulse, help with steering—and tell you to put down your cell phone.

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

News Releases

1) FAA Approves 1st US Ground Based Augmentation System

2) Bridge Data Available On New Illinois Department of Transportation Web Site, Public to Get More Access to Bridge Information

Upcoming Events

International CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009 – October 6-9 – San Diego

Today in Transportation History

1959 **50th anniversary** - The Ford Falcon was introduced in a closed circuit TV news conference.


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