Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter



Thursday, December 17, 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) Australia to Become First Nation with Radar-Like Coverage of Entire Country

Link to article in The Australian:

2) Air France Inquiry Calls for 'Black Box' Changes

Link to BBC News story: 


3) FAA Shows Off Airport Tower Simulator

Link to story and video on WGCL-TV:


4) City Council’s Hope for Free Internet at Austin-Bergstrom Airport Wishful Thinking

Link to article in the Austin Business Journal:


5) Business Aviation Group Pulls Ads from USA Today

Link to blog on Tnooz:

Link to letter from the National Business Aviation Association:



6) North Texas Tollway Authority Installs LED-Enhanced Signs to Prevent Wrong Way Driving

Link to article in the Plano Star-Courier: 




7) Los Angeles Metrolink Got a Waiver to Not Post Simple Safety Signs

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:,0,5114265.story



8) UK Government to Fund Switch to NFC-Compatible Transport Ticketing

Link to article in Near Field Communications World:

Link to news release from the Department for Transport:




9) Ohio Using Twitter for Traffic Updates This Winter

Link to AP article:  


10) Dublin Drivers to Get Traffic Updates on Satnavs

Link to article in the Evening Herald:

11) Glitches Hamper Virtual Traffic Monitoring in Bangalore

Link to article in The Hindu:

12) A Friendly Face in a Bad Place

A profile of South Carolina's incident response team.

Link to article in The Post and Courier:



13) Ford Seeks iPhone-Like Apps for Its Cars

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal: 

14) New Audi A8 to Come with Google Earth

Link to article in The New York Times:


Upcoming Events

Mobile World Congress – February 15-18 – Barcelona



Today in Transportation History  

1969 **40th anniversary** - The US Secretary of the Air Force announced the termination of Project Blue Book, a program to investigate UFOs.



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