Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 24, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Countdown to IBTTA and ITS America’s Joint Conference on Sustainable Transportation and Facility Maintenance — October 4-6, 2009 in St. Louis, MO

Register now 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. Organization Sponsors: AASHTO, The Bipartisan Policy Center, Missouri Valley Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the National Association of Environmental Professionals; Meeting Host: The Missouri Department of Transportation. Visit IBTTA’s website for more information.


1) French Air Controllers Endanger Passengers: Report

Link to AFP article:

Link to story in Le Figaro: (in French)

2) Speaker: Image is Biz Jets’ Challenge

Link to article in The Wichita Eagle:


3) Google Maps of the Great Indoors?

Micello is mapping large indoor public spaces such as airports.

Link to article in Network World:

Link to news release from Micello:


4) US Government Weighs Cell Phone Ban for Bus, Truck Drivers

Link to AP article:

5) Automakers Back Texting Ban

Link to article in The Detroit News:

6) Terror Probe: Why is the Threat Level Still Yellow?

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:


7) Los Angeles MTA Fare System Runs Into Roadblocks

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:,0,2912313.story

8) New York City Comptroller: MTA Information ‘Off Track’

Link to article in The Epoch Times:

9) MBTA Ad Aims to Reduce Fire Risk

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

10) Boston T to Test Red, Orange Lines’ Crash Prevention System

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

11) DC Metro’s NextBus Still Working Out Kinks

Link to article in The Examiner:


12) Transportation Departments Burn Rubber on Twitter

Link to article in Government Technology:

13) The Case for Open New York MTA Data: Transparency, Savings, and Easier Riding

Link to commentary in Streetsblog:


14) Vehicles in Philippines Required to Install Microchips Starting in October

Link to article in BusinessWorld:

News Releases

1) Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads

2) CN Announces Enhanced Calculator to Estimate Greenhouse Gas-Emissions for Multi-modal Shipments

3) Interactive Trip Planner Gets Users to Bay Area Park Sites via Public Transportation

4) Washington State DOT Launches ‘Ask the Traffic Team’ Site

5) Ford Motor Company Educates Teens on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

6) The eSafety Awards: Rewarding Excellence in the Deployment of Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems

7) State-of-the-Art Digital Communications Network Installed in White Plains, New York

Upcoming Events

2009 ITS Forum – October 20 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Today in Transportation History

1929 **80th anniversary** - Jimmy Doolittle became the first pilot to takeoff, fly and land using only instruments.

1959 **50th anniversary** - The Atlas C Able rocket exploded on the launch pad during static testing at Cape Canaveral.


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