Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 10, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

IBTTA and ITS America Join Forces on Sustainable Transportation and Facility Maintenance — October 4-6, 2009 in St. Louis, MO

Register today for this groundbreaking joint conference, Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Energy Conservation and Fall Maintenance, October 4-6, 2009 at the Hilton Hotel in St. Louis. Agenda highlights include: Congressman (MO-3rd) Russ Carnahan; the “Four Legs” of Sustainable Transportation presented by John Charles, President & CEO, Cascade Policy Institute and his expert panel, including Allen Biehler, President of AASHTO and Michael Replogle, Global Policy Director of ITDP; Dennis Archer, Chairman, Dickinson Wright, PLLC, and Former Mayor of Detroit will discuss the role of the federal government in promoting sustainable transportation policies for metropolitan areas; views of the FHWA and the US DOT ITS Joint Program Office on operational strategies, policies and supporting ITS Technologies and their impacts on climate change; 21st Century Roadway Maintenance and more. Meeting Host: The Missouri Department of Transportation; Organization Sponsors: AASHTO, The Bipartisan Policy Center and the Missouri Valley Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Visit IBTTA’s website for information on registration, hotel reservations, exhibiting or sponsorship.


1) Pamela Anderson PETA Advert Too ‘Racy’ for US Airports

Link to AFP article:

Link to further information and ad from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:


2) Greyhound to Offer Free Wi-Fi Services in UK

Link to article on cellular-news:


3) Gotcha! Maybe; Some New York Traffic Cameras Fake

Link to AP article:


4) War of Technologies in California Speeding Case

Parents of a teen driver use data from a GPS vehicular tracking device to fight a speeding charge based on radar guns.

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:

5) These Apps Help Users of iPhones Find Their Way

Link to column in The Wall Street Journal:


6) Traffic Noise Hurts

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

Link to abstract in Environmental Health:


7) Program to Track Citizen US Border Crossings Exceeds Expectations

Link to story on Nextgov:

8) Ford Backs Texting While Driving Bill

Link to AP article:


9) Gadgets in Race to Keep Drivers Safe, Multitasking

Link to column in The Detroit News:


10) Chicago Transit Authority Rail Stations to Get High-Resolution Digital Security Cameras

Agency will also make bus traffic data available to city to better track congestion.

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,5537591.story

11) CTA to Debut Developer Web Tools Page

Link to article in Metro Magazine:

12) Federal Transit Administration: Social Networking in the Transportation Industry

Link to video:


13) New Technology Successful in Reducing Severity of Car Crashes

Link to ABC News story and video:

14) Madrid Reverses the Charges with Electric Car Plan

Test will convert phone booths to charging stations for vehicles.

Link to article in the Guardian:

15) Your Reva Electric Car Running Low on Juice? Just Phone for More

Link to article in USA Today:

News Releases

1) Premium Info for Car Drivers

Upcoming Events

International Airport Geographic Information Systems Conference – October 6-8 – Manchester, UK

Today in Transportation History

1939 **70th anniversary** - The HMS Oxley was mistakenly sunk by the HMS Triton off the coast of Norway. It was the first Allied submarine casualty of World War II.


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