Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, September 16, 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 Administrator Expresses Urgency for NextGen

Link to article on Aero-News Network:

2) New Technology Could Prevent Air Collisions

Link to article in The New York Times:

3) Budget Cuts to Silence BWI Voices

Communications center to close.

Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:,0,7249414.story


4) Complications Delay Start of Electronic Tolling on Seattle-Area Bridge

Link to article in The Seattle Times:


5) New York State May Replace Trademark Park Signs

FHWA wants yellow-on-brown signs to be changed to conform to federal rules

Link to article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:

6) Splatter Painting the Way to Safer Roads

Link to article in Road Talk:


7) Panel Recommends 3-Level Alerts for Terror

Link to AP article:

8) Idaho County Eyes Call Boxes Near Galena Summit

Communications tower rejected in national forest.

Link to article in the Idaho Mountain Express:

9) Driving While Texting: Is It the New DWI?

Link to column in The Wall Street Journal:


10) Ford Vies for Sync Patents

Link to article in The Detroit News:


11) Electronic Fare Card System in San Diego-Area Leaves Users Singing the Blues

Link to article in the North County Times:

12) RATP to Test Technology Allowing Riders to Recharge Travel Cards from Home

Link to article in ContactlessNews:


13) Arkansas Highway Department to Tweet Roadway Conditions

Link to Arkansas News Bureau story:

14) The Most Promising iPhone Apps for Drivers, Bikers, and Commuters

Link to article in Slate:

15) Fairfax County, Virginia’s Central Command for Emergencies

Link to article in the Springfield Connection:

16) Reliable Traffic Information is Possible

Link to blog from the Seattle Department of Transportation:


17) Automakers, Tech Try to Dial Up Smart Cars

Link to article in BusinessWeek:

Upcoming Events

Green Fleet Conference 2009 – October 19-20 – Chicago

Today in Transportation History

1914 **95th anniversary** - The Canadian Aviation Corps, forerunner of the Canadian Air Force, was founded.


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