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 www.itsa.org/amprogram.html.



AVIATION

 

1) Australia to Become First Nation with Radar-Like Coverage of Entire Country

Link to article in The Australian:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/satellite-based-navigation-system-to-allow-air-traffic-controllers-to-pinpoint-aircraft/story-e6frg6n6-1225811541809


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

Link to BBC News story:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8419565.stm 

 

3) FAA Shows Off Airport Tower Simulator

Link to story and video on WGCL-TV:

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/21985534/detail.html

 

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

Link to article in the Austin Business Journal:

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2009/12/14/daily35.html

 

5) Business Aviation Group Pulls Ads from USA Today

Link to blog on Tnooz:

http://www.tnooz.com/2009/12/16/news/business-aviation-group-pulls-ads-from-usa-today/

Link to letter from the National Business Aviation Association:

http://www.nbaa.org/news/letters/20091216-usa-today.php


ROADWAYS

 

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

Link to article in the Plano Star-Courier:

http://www.planostar.com/articles/2009/12/16/plano_star-courier/news/246.txt 

 

SAFETY / SECURITY

 

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

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-metrolink-signs17-2009dec17,0,5114265.story


TRANSIT

 

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

Link to article in Near Field Communications World:

http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/2009/12/17/32494/uk-government-to-fund-switch-to-nfc-compatible-transport-ticketing/

Link to news release from the Department for Transport:

http://nds.coi.gov.uk/clientmicrosite/Content/Detail.aspx?ClientId=202&NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=409585&SubjectId=36

 

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

 

9) Ohio Using Twitter for Traffic Updates This Winter

Link to AP article:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/ohio-news/ohio-using-twitter-for-traffic-updates-this-winter-453388.html  

 

10) Dublin Drivers to Get Traffic Updates on Satnavs

Link to article in the Evening Herald:

http://www.herald.ie/national-news/drivers-to-get-traffic-updates-on-satnavs-1979317.html


11) Glitches Hamper Virtual Traffic Monitoring in Bangalore

Link to article in The Hindu:

http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/18/stories/2009121858190100.htm


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:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/dec/17/a-friendly-face-in-a-bad-place/


VEHICLES

 

13) Ford Seeks iPhone-Like Apps for Its Cars

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748704541004574599932496893984.html 


14) New Audi A8 to Come with Google Earth

Link to article in The New York Times:

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/new-audi-a8-to-come-with-google-earth/


 

Upcoming Events

Mobile World Congress – February 15-18 – Barcelona

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

 

 

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.

http://www.archives.gov/foia/ufos.html

 

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