Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, December 14, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Deadline Extended: Call for Papers for ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting & Exposition

ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting & Exposition, May 3-5, 2010, Houston, Texas will provide transportation leaders with effective tools and strategies to create smart cities and communities that are safer, cleaner, more livable and less congested. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit a paper or submit a session proposal to this major ITS event! The deadline has been extended to Dec. 29, 2009. For a list of topics, key dates, guidelines, and to submit your paper online, visit


1) FAA Rushing to Move Boise’s Air Traffic Station to Salt Lake

Link to article in the Idaho Statesman:

2) You Can Watch Live as Boeing’s 787 Takes to the Air Tuesday Morning

Link to article in The Herald:

Link to site:

3) Airports Train Workers to be Nicer to Fliers

Link to article in USA Today:

Link to news release from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department:


4) Albuquerque Mayor Orders Independent Study of Traffic Cam Program

Link to story on KOAT-TV:

Link to news release from the Albuquerque mayor’s office:


5) Automatic Tolling a Non-starter in India as Developers Dither Imports

Link to article in the Business Standard:


6) How the Connected Car is Altering the GPS Landscape

Link to article in GPS Business News:


7) Proposed Command Set Could Ease Smart Card Interoperability

Link to article in SecureIDNews:

8) Is Gov 2.0 Just Another Passing Fad?

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

Social Media Called Just Another Communications Tool


9) Scientists Create Formula for Perfect Parking

Link to article in the Telegraph:

Link to news release from Royal Holloway, University of London:


10) Massachusetts Public Transportation Agencies Still Meet Behind Closed Doors

Link to column in The Boston Globe:


11) Arizona Shuns Stimulus Signage, but Pima County Posts Plenty of Information

Link to article in the Arizona Daily Star:

12) Rehabbing Maine’s I-295 Southbound

Full road closure, robust public outreach, and diverse safety measures helped Maine DOT complete the job on time and on budget.

Link to article in Public Roads:

13) What are All Those Roadway Devices?

Link to column on INDenverTimes:


14) US Transportation Security Administration Moves to Deploy New Screening Technology

Link to article in ATW Daily News:


15) A Weekend in Sync

Testing Ford’s Sync system.

Link to review in The New York Times:


16) US Lawmakers Want to Expand Cell Usage in Subways

Link to article in The Hill:

17) Chicago Transit Authority’s Online Bus Tracker Rolls Into Sight at Shops

Businesses display information so public can stop and shop.

Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:,0,1106082.column

Link to CTA Bus Tracker API:

18) New Los Angeles MTA Blogger Talks Transit From Both Sides of the Tracks

Link to interview on Neon Tommy:

Link to The Source:

19) Crash Course in Transit Safety

A high rate of crashes between motor vehicles and light-rail vehicles led to operational improvements.

Link to article in Texas Transportation Researcher:


20) US System for Tracking Traffic Flow is Faulted

Link to article in The New York Times:

Link to report from the US DOT Inspector General:

21) Complex System Will Help Keep Traffic Flowing on I-95 Through Florida’s Treasure Coast

Link to article and video in the Stuart News:

Link to SMART SunGuide:

22) Pune Gets Go-Ahead for Intelligent Traffic Management System

Link to article in The Times of India:

23) New 511 System Helps New Brunswick Motorists

Link to CBC News story:

Link to news release from the Government of New Brunswick:

24) Gambia’s Unique FM to Relay Air Traffic Reports

Link to article in Today:

25) Managing Kathmandu’s Traffic

Link to commentary in Republica:

News Releases

1) Unique Partnership is Formed Between Ohio DOT and Walmart to Share Winter Safety Messages

2) International ITS Conference & Expo Shanghai 2010 Will be Held Next September

3) Amplex and Boeing to Offer Intelligent Streetlight Management Systems to US Cities

Upcoming Events

2nd Russian Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services – April 6-7 – Moscow

Today in Transportation History

1959 **50th anniversary** - Captain Joe B. Jordan, in a Lockheed F-104C, sets an altitude record of 103,389 feet (31,513 meters).


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