Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, November 20, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Coverage of FAA Computer Problems

- FAA Glitch Impacted Military Air Defense

Link to ABC News story and video:

- FAA Computer Failure Reflects Growing Burden on Systems

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

- FAA Glitch Shines Spotlight on Troubled Telco Project

Link to article in Computer World

- FAA or Your Car: Whose Computer Has More Muscle?

Link to ABC News story and video:

2) FAA: Unmanned and Commercial Aircraft Don’t Mix

Link to article in Network World:

3) Bill Seeks to Allow Airlines Access to Cockpit Conversations

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

4) Air Canada Tests In-flight Internet Service

Link to Reuters article:

Link to news release from Air Canada:


5) Bing Maps China Grows with New Features

Link to article on Softpedia:

Link to further information from Microsoft:

Link to Bing Maps China:

6) The Art of Maps

What can artists do with maps? What makes maps such a unique art form?

Link to audio recording of Weekday on KUOW Radio:


7) Seattle DOT Talks Snow on Facebook

Link to article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Link to SDOT Winter Weather Facebook page:


8) US Government Wants Speedy Screening at More Airports

Link to AP article:

Link to notice in the Federal Register:

9) Tiburon, California to Record Every Car Coming and Going

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Link to further information from the Town of Tiburon:


10) Why Weren’t Toronto Transit Riders Alerted to Shutdown?

Link to article in the Toronto Star:

11) Feds Publish New Special Education Transportation FAQs

Link to article in School Transportation News:

Link to questions and answers from the US Department of Education:


12) Bob Marbourgh is Still Driven by His Passion

Veteran DC traffic reporter marks 30-years on-the-air.

Link to article in The Washington Post:

13) Speech by Australian Minister for Transport to Australian ITS Summit

Link to speech on Australia.TO:


14) Volt Drive: Great Ride, Interesting Interior and a Friendly Chirp

Electric vehicle is virtually silent so a chirp sound warns pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence.

Link to column on CNBC:

Link to video:

News Releases

1) National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management Celebrates Second Anniversary

2) Bus Users Get Mobile with Arriva M-ticketing Launch

3) North Dakota DOT Provides Wireless Internet at Visitors’ Centers and Rest Areas

4) Smart Cities and Communities, Performance-Based Transportation System Needed to Solve US Congestion, Safety and Environmental Challenge

5) US and EU Join Forces for Cooperative Systems

6) TNO’s Connected Traveler Workshop

Upcoming Events

Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference & Annual Meeting – January 26-28 – Washington, DC

Friday Bonus

Signs which have lost their original meaning.

Today in Transportation History

1984 **25th anniversary** - The SETI Institute was founded. The institute searches for extraterrestrial intelligence by listening for radio signals from space.


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