Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 3, 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.

AVIATION

1) FAA Aims for ‘Crystal-Clear’ Rules in Wake of Deadly Midair Collision

Link to article in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/02/AR2009090203469.html

2) FAA to Order New Sensors for Airbus Jets After Crash

Link to Bloomberg article:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aiXqq88s9B_Q

3) San Francisco Airport Launches Free Cell Phone Boarding Pass System

Link to Bay Area News Group article:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_13251526

CAMERAS

4) Virginia Loophole Gives City Workers Free Pass on Red-Lights

Link to article in The Virginian-Pilot:

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/09/loophole-gives-city-workers-free-pass-redlights

5) Red-Light Traffic Cameras to Stay on Ballot in Chillicothe, Ohio

Link to article in the Chillicothe Gazette:

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090903/NEWS01/909030306/1002

6) West Australia Police Confirm Speed Camera Hidden in Wheelie Bin

Link to article on PerthNow:

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,26021343-2761,00.html

7) Massachusetts Puts 70 More Traffic Cams on the Web

Link to article in the Taunton Daily Gazette:

http://www.tauntongazette.com/news/regional/x1750348536/State-puts-70-more-traffic-cams-on-the-web

CARTOGRAPHY

8) Washington State GIS Transportation Repository Takes Long Road

Link to article in Government Technology:

http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/718602

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

9) California Prepares for Bay Bridge Closure

Link to 2009 Bay Bridge closure site:

http://baybridgeinfo.org/1/index.html

ROADWAYS

10) Traffic Lights on South Florida Roads Not Synchronized; Motorists Fume

Link to article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-traffic-lights-090209,0,365813.story

11) Drive-By Pricing

Congestion fees are coming to US cities.

Link to commentary in Forbes:

http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/02/cashless-tolling-london-opinions-21-century-cities-09-jack-finn.html

SAFETY / SECURITY

12) Nearly All Baltimore Patrol Officers to Get BlackBerrys

Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bal-md.ci.pocketcop03sep03,0,6794169.story

13) National Transportation Safety Board Seeks Flight Data Recorders in Air Ambulances

Link to article in Occupational Health & Safety:

http://ohsonline.com/articles/2009/09/02/ntsb-seeks-flight-data-recorders-in-air-ambulances.aspx

TELEMATICS

14) Interview with Ming Jing, Managing Director, Infotainment & Connectivity Business Continental Asia

Link to interview on Zigwheels:

http://www.zigwheels.com/Interviews/Interview-Mr-Ming-Jing-Managing-Director-Infotainment-Connectivity-Business-Continental-Asia-/Ming_20090903-1-2

TRANSIT

15) Board Raps DC Metro Over Holiday Closure Notice for Airport Stop

Link to article and video in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/02/AR2009090202437.html

16) Cablevision Gunning for Wi-Fi Contract for New York Commuter Rail Lines

Link to AP article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h4tZDRoSuX9H4MlWXDI7hovveztwD9AFDM701

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

17) TPEG Traffic Information Encryption Enables New Business Models

Link to article in EE Times Deutschland:

http://eetimes.eu/germany/219501147

18) With Stoplights, Timing Isn’t Everything

Link to column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

http://www.lvrj.com/news/56710052.html

19) Siemens Offers to Automate Metro Manila Traffic Systems

Link to article in BusinessWorld:

http://www.bworldonline.com/BW090409/content.php?id=047

20) Navteq to Use Nokia GPS Data for Traffic Reports

Link to article in TWICE:

http://www.twice.com/article/339498-Navteq_to_use_Nokia_Data.php

News Releases

1) TomTom Expands LIVE Services to Belgium and Portugal

2) RFID Technology to Make a Smooth Touchdown in the Turbulent Aviation Industry, Finds Frost & Sullivan

3) Frost & Sullivan: Map-Based Driver Assistance Systems Lead the Way to Automotive Safety

4) Toyota Develops Onboard DSRC Unit to Improve Traffic Safety

5) Motorists Face Numerous Distractions on Roadways

Upcoming Events

ARTBA National Convention – October 6-9 – Charleston, South Carolina

http://www.artbanationalconvention.org/

Today in Transportation History

1939 **70th anniversary** - The SS Athenia, a passenger ship, was sunk by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic.

http://www.mikekemble.com/ww2/athenia.html

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