Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, November 30, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Support for the TCN

It’s been over a year since I last came to the readers of the TCN to ask for your support. It seems like this is a good time to come back. At the end of December I’ll have the hours at my day job cut to part-time. In the long-run I expect this to be good news. It will allow me to devote more time to the TCN and other newsletters I edit and it will permit me to become move involved in my voice-over work. It will also mean considerably less income for the short-term. In the days and weeks ahead I’ll be telling you more about ways you can support the TCN, but here’s a quick overview. The first is contributions to the TCN. More information on this is available at the bottom of today’s issue. Other ways to support the TCN include purchasing ads, using my voice services, having your own customized newsletter or simply telling others about the TCN. Thank you in advance for your support.


1) Airline Safety: The Next Generation of Smart Planes

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:

2) Delta to Close Call Centers in London and Montreal, Bring Jobs Back to the US

Link to article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle:


3) Cashless E-470 Takes Toll on Rental Car Drivers in the Form of Fines

Link to article in The Denver Post:


4) West Virginia DOT Launches Improved Web Site

Link to story on WHSV-TV:

Link to site:


5) Wildlife Warnings Go Infrared in Idaho

Link to article in The Spokesman-Review:

6) New Publications from US DOT

- Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technology - State of the Practice of Roadside Technologies

- Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technologies - Implementation Plan

- Concept of Operations for Virtual Weigh Station


7) Caltrain to Offer Real-Time Delay Data

Link to article in the San Mateo County Times:

8) Pittsburgh-Area Port Authority Set to Get Smarter with New Technology

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

9) Five Commuter iPhone Apps You’ve Gotta Try

Link to article in Wired:

10) Laughter on the Go

Transit TV Comedy entertains bus riders in the Los Angeles area.

Link to article in the Santa Monica Daily Press:


11) Surface Transportation: Efforts to Address Highway Congestion Through Real-Time Traffic Information Systems are Expanding but Face Implementation Challenges

Link to US Government Accountability Office report:


12) Personalized Texas Plates Can Now Carry Firms’ Logos

Link to column in the Houston Chronicle:

News Releases

1) Near Real-Time Traffic and Weather Data from Traffic Info Map USA 1.2

2) SpeedInfo Earns Patent for Breakthrough Solar-Powered Doppler Radar Sensor Technology

Upcoming Events

Border Wait Time Measurement Technology Test, Evaluation and Deployment Project – Vendor Information Session – December 14

Today in Transportation History

1934 **75th anniversary** - The Flying Scotsman became the first steam locomotive to officially travel at 100 miles per hour.

Contributions for the TCN

Contributions to the TCN are greatly appreciated. You can mail a contribution to me at:

Bernie Wagenblast

1 Aberdeen Ct.

Cranford, NJ 07016-2911

You may also contribute through PayPal. Just go to:

Thank you!


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