Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, November 26, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) FAA to Improve Landing Operations at Newark Airport Two Years After Whistle-Blower Detailed Safety Risks

New software will give controllers a better picture of when planes will land at converged runways.

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

Link to news release from the US Office of Special Counsel:

Link to report: (part 1) (part 2)

Link to letter to the president:

2) Complaints Against Airlines Fall Sharply

Critics say the reason isn't better service; it's that frustrated passengers have given up voicing grievances.

Link to Tribune Newspapers article:,0,421005.story

Link to Air Travel Consumer Report from US DOT:

3) FAA Foregoes Public Process in Test Program at Santa Monica Airport

Link to article in the Santa Monica Mirror:

Link to further information from the City of Santa Monica, California:


4) Is It the End of the Line for London’s Iconic Tube Map?

Link to article in the Guardian:


5) South Korea, US Adopt Joint Maritime Safety Declaration

Link to Yonhap article:


6) European Parliament Rubberstamps Law on Tire Labeling

Link to article on EurActiv:

Link to news release from the European Parliament:


7) November Issue of Signal, the Newsletter of the European Rail Traffic Management System

Link to newsletter:


8) Graffiti on Highway Signs Costing Utah DOT Big Money

Link to story and video on KSL-TV:

9) Solar-Powered Sensor Controls Traffic

Link to article in EDN:


10) US Transportation Security Administration Launches Airport Security Innovations Project

Link to article on


11) ARENA Trial in Sweden

Link to article from ERTICO - ITS Europe:


12) Pilot Project Starts in Ontario for ‘Smart’ Transit Cards that Load Online

Link to article in the Toronto Star:

13) Portland’s TriMet Fires MAX Operator Who Ignored Father’s Calls for Help

Link to article in The Oregonian:

14) AC Transit Cuts a Model for Public Input

Link to blog in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Link to commentary on A Better Oakland:

Link to further information from AC Transit:

15) The Zoo that is Grand Central, at Full Gallop

Coordinating trains on its busiest day of the year requires improvisation.

Link to article in The New York Times:

16) Tunisia Promotes Use of Information Technology and Communication in Public Transport

Link to story and video on Tunisia Online News:

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Today in Transportation History

1959 **50th anniversary** - Pioneer P3, a lunar probe, was launched. The flight failed 45 seconds after launch.


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