Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, November 5, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

IBTTA Summit to Explore Transformational Changes in Transportation Funding System — December 13-15, 2009 in Washington, DC

If you are responsible for funding or operating surface transportation infrastructure at the state, regional, county or municipal level, we invite you to attend IBTTA’s Transportation Policy and Finance Summit and explore the transformational changes that must take place to create a sustainable and efficient transportation funding system. CFO Roundtable on December 13, 2009: This Summit will include a special CFO roundtable for chief financial officers from toll agencies, state departments of transportation, and individuals in similar positions to share knowledge and ideas, network, and learn from one another. For registration, hotel and travel information or to view the preliminary agenda, visit


1) Administrator Says FAA Working to Adjust NextGen

Link to article in Aviation Week:

2) FAA Rules LAX Runway Incursion Not Serious; New Lights Considered

Link to article in the Daily Breeze:

3) EBay Gets Onboard with Delta for Free Wi-Fi Holiday Promotion

Link to article in Advertising Age:


4) Shudder Speed

Rise of the stealthy traffic camera fuels drivers’ disgust.

Link to article and video in The Washington Post:


5) Ohio Turnpike’s E-ZPass is Working Smoothly, but Drivers are Confused About What to Do with the Transponder

Link to article in The Plain Dealer:


6) Old Bridge Bumper Technology Means Future Oil Spills Likely

San Francisco Bay pilots getting new technology to improve navigation; pleas for brighter-colored bumpers ignored.

Link to article in The Examiner:


7) Will Blue Lights Reduce Suicides in Japan?

Link to article in BusinessWeek:


8) Campaigners Take Steps to Make Lebanese Roads Safer at Night

Link to article in The Daily Star:


9) Texting While Driving: The New Drunk Driving

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:


10) DC Metro Power Unit Failure Cripples Communications

Link to article in The Washington Post:

Link to news release from WMATA:

11) Canadian Television Program to Originate from Toronto Streetcar

Link to article in Mediacaster:

12) Should Home Prices Come with Warnings About Transit Costs, Too?

Link to article in the Contra Costa Times:


13) Smart Tech to Aid Traffic Flow to 2010 Shanghai World Expo

Link to article in the Shanghai Daily:

14) Missouri DOT Uses Simulators to Improve Local Traffic Flow

Link to article in the Hannibal Courier-Post:


15) US Criticizes Toyota for ‘Misleading’ Public in Recall

Link to article in The Detroit News:

Link to news release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Link to news release from Toyota:

News Releases

1) San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Implements DriveCam Across Entire Fleet

2) Local Innovative, Lifesaving Roadway Safety Programs Nationally Honored

Upcoming Events

ITS California Annual Meeting – November 16-17 – Anaheim, California

Today in Transportation History

1909 **100th anniversary** - The only military aircraft of the United States was damaged upon landing at College Park Airport in Maryland.


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