Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


Register for IBTTA’s Toll Road Summit of the Americas — November 15-17, 2009 in São Paulo, Brazil

Join the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association at the Toll Road Summit of the Americas and examine an array of methods to design, finance, operate and maintain user financed surface transportation facilities. The second day of this meeting will be held in conjunction with TranspoQuip 2009, Latin America’s biggest event for the transportation infrastructure industries in Latin America. Featured speakers include Cesar Queiroz, Consultant, Roads and Transport Infrastructure, World Bank, and Roberto Lucas, Jr., Author and Urban Planning Consultant. Meeting hosted by ABCR and CCR. For registration, hotel, travel and visa information, or to view the preliminary agenda, visit www.IBTTA.org.

AVIATION

1) Lawmakers Seek Ban on Laptops in Airliner Cockpits

Link to AP article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hA0WkLUZXW8iR6FIjNXOF4XHbuLQD9BNUDM00

2) NextGen Panel Warns of Obstacles

Link to article in Aviation Week:

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=busav&id=news/COMMIT110209.xml

3) New Technology Could Revolutionize the Black Box

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/new-technology-could-revolutionize-the-black-box/article1349161/

4) Scared of Flying? Press the Fear iButton

Link to Reuters article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE5A21RR20091103

BICYCLING

5) Austin, Texas Installs ‘Sharrows’ as Part of Cycling, Driving Experiment

Link to story and video on KVUE-TV:

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/110209sharrows_10-68802522.html

CAMERAS

6) Red-Light Camera Cash Could Balance Budget, Louisiana Parish Considers

Link to article in The Times-Picayune:

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/11/jefferson_parish_officials_eye.html

CARTOGRAPHY

7) Mystery of Argleton, the ‘Google’ Town that Only Exists Online

Link to article in The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/6474746/Mystery-of-Argleton-the-Google-town-that-only-exists-online.html

MARITIME

8) US Navy to Increase Broadband Speed Tenfold

Link to article in Government Computer News:

http://gcn.com/articles/2009/11/03/navy-installs-broadband-technology.aspx

OTHER

9) Highlights from the Second International Field Operational Testing Workshop at the ITS World Congress

Link to article and presentations from ERTICO-ITS Europe:

http://www.ertico.com/en/news/ertico_newsroom/fotnews200910.htm

SAFETY / SECURITY

10) Indianapolis has First Ambulance-Based Wireless Medical Records System

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

http://fcw.com/articles/2009/10/21/indianapolis-ambulances-accessing-wireless-ehr-system.aspx

11) When Texting Kills, Britain Offers Path to Prison

Link to article in The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/02/technology/02texting.html?_r=2&th&emc=th

12) How Can We Promote Greater Awareness of Transportation Safety?

Link to comments on the National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog:

http://transportation.nationaljournal.com/2009/11/how-can-we-promote-greater-awa.php

13) Safety Maintenance and Surface Weather

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:

http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/Safety_Maintenance_and_Surface_Weather_162492.aspx

TRANSIT

14) T-Mobile Joins Cellular Carriers Providing Service in CTA Red, Blue Line Tunnels

Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-talk-cta-t-mobile-dealnov03,0,7941765.column

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

15) Get Traffic Updates in Chennai Through FM Radios

Traffic police send SMS updates through thirteen FM stations.

Link to article on SiliconIndia:

http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Get_traffic_updates_in_Chennai_through_FM_radios_-nid-62506.html

News Releases

1) Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic Network Adds Direct-to-Vehicle Deals with Mazda, Cydle

2) Frost & Sullivan: Telematics for Electric Vehicles - The Key to Reducing Range Anxiety and Enhancing the Overall EV Ownership Experience

3) Constellation Software Inc. Completes Acquisition of Public Transit Solutions Segment from Continental AG

4) PrePass Expansion Continues: Michigan Becomes 29th State

Upcoming Events

TRB Webinar: Maintenance Practices for Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity – November 17

http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/TRB_Webinar_Maintenance_Practices_for_Traffic_Sign_162425.aspx

Today in Transportation History

1909 **100th anniversary** - Henry Farman sent an flight endurance record of four hours, 17 minutes and 53 seconds.

http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Dictionary/Farman/DI82.htm

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