Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 17, 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) FAA Approves Honeywell Airplane Safety Software

Link to article in The Arizona Republic:

2) Wrong Frequency Contributed to Hudson River Air Disaster

Link to article in the Daily News:

3) All On Board to Shape EU Air Traffic Management

Link to article on EurActiv:


4) Do Speed Cameras Make Roads Safer?

Link to story and audio from NPR’s Talk of the Nation:


5) New York E-ZPass Customer Service Workers Wary of Pay Change; From Hourly to per Call

Link to article in the Daily News:


6) Balfour Beatty to Buy Parsons Brinckerhoff for $626 Million

Link to Bloomberg News article:

7) Taxi Tidbits and Techno-Tales

Link to column in The New York Times:


8) How the Railroads Took Control of Time

Link to article in The New York Times:


9) US Senate Sticks with Stimulus Signs

Link to blog in The Wall Street Journal:

10) ‘Intelligent’ Signs Help to Time Your Drive in South Carolina

Link to story and video on WIS-TV:

11) Road Weather Resource Identification (RWRI) Tool Version 3.0 Now Available

Link to further information from FHWA:


12) Illinois Secretary of State Compiles ‘In Case of Emergency’ Database

Plans to use it to contact relatives of those injured in auto crashes.

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,7288655.story


13) Toyota Uses Roadside Sensors to Warn Drivers

Link to article from Automotive News:


14) Bus Smartcard Scheme Rolled Out in Wales

Link to BBC News story:

15) Audio Ads on Chicago Buses Touting Olympic Bid Anger Citizens

Link to story on WMAQ-TV:


16) Michigan DOT Hires Navteq to Collect Real-Time Traffic Data for 2,000 Miles of Roads

Link to article in Crain’s Detroit Business:

17) What News Web Sites are Missing: Useful, Real-Time Municipal Traffic and Transit Reports

Link to article in OJR: The Online Journalism Review:

News Releases

1) Dubai RTA Launches Virtual Transport Portal

2) Scania Takes Eco-driving to a New Level with Its Latest Digital Performance Coaching Technology

3) Alliance to Facilitate Development of Two-Way Satellite Data Solutions for Improved Tracking, Messaging and Emergency Communications

4) FAA Announces New Efforts to Respond to Safety Concerns

5) FAA Launches New Accident Prevention Office

6) Traveller Information Services Association Announces Specifications and Guidelines Published

7) Denver Area Drivers Can Expect a Mountain of New Traffic Information from SpeedInfo Sensors Installed on Key Routes

8) Airbiquity’s aqLink Software Modem Selected by Denso Corporation

Upcoming Events

Webcast: Southeast Road Safety Audit Forum – September 21

Today in Transportation History

1939 **70th anniversary** - The British aircraft carrier, HMS Courageous, was sunk by a German U-boat, the first UK warship lost in World War II.


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