Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, January 18, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

17th World Congress on ITS Call for Papers Deadline January 31

The International Program Committee invites ITS experts to submit draft technical and scientific papers to be considered for the 17th World Congress in Busan, Korea, Oct. 25-29, 2010. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and high-level achievement within the field of ITS in a global setting. Technical Paper authors may submit a technical abstract in place of a draft Technical Paper and Travel Awards are available to authors from non-OECD countries. Draft Technical Papers/Abstracts and draft Scientific papers must be submitted by January 31. For more information and to submit papers online, visit If you have questions about paper content or format, contact Nicole Oliphant at


1) FAA Lends Air Traffic Aid to Haiti as US Air Force Opens Port au Prince Airport

Link to article in Air Transport Intelligence:

2) Snagware Made Planes Disappear from Delhi Airport Radar

Link to article from Mail Today:

3) Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Earn £800,000… but Could be Replaced by Automatic Systems

Link to article in the Daily Mail:


4) US Communities Put a Halt to Red-Light Cameras

Link to article in USA Today:

5) California Governor’s Plan to Catch Speeders with Cameras Faces an Uphill Battle

Link to article in the San Jose Mercury News:

6) Indiana Legislators Propose Cameras to Catch Work Zone Speeders

Link to story on WIBC Radio:

7) Is All This Surveillance Making Us Safer?

Link to column in Metro Calgary:


8) China’s Compass Finds Route to Rival GPS

Link to story on China Radio International:


9) How News Happens: Listening Devices on Buses?

Link to article on

10) Ghana Driver and Licensing Authority Reiterates Essences of Banning Illiterates from Driving

Link to Ghana News Agency article:


11) Secret Report on Illinois Tollway Oasis’ Subleases Paid for with Taxpayer Dollars Still Secret

Link to column in the Daily Herald:


12) Training of Airport Screeners Varies Greatly Worldwide

Link to Fox News story:,2933,583219,00.html

13) Mind-Reading Systems for Airport Security

Link to story and audio report on KCBS Radio:

14) Twitter Joke Led to Terror Act Arrest and Airport Life Ban

Link to article in The Independent:


15) Seattle-Area Elderly, Disabled Struggle to Get ORCA Transit Card

Link to article in The Seattle Times:

16) San Diego Region Agencies Work Out Kinks in High-Tech Transit Pass

Link to article in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

17) Brooklyn Judge Fines New York City Transit $15,000 for Not Turning Over Information on Fatal Accident

Link to article in the Daily News:


18) New York State Laws Make Texting While Driving Illegal, Yet State Agencies Still Send Traffic Alert Texts

Link to article in the Daily News:

19) California DOT Takes the Road Less Costly to Ease Gridlock

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:,0,2775593.story

20) ‘Big Brother’ Offline

Numerous Tennessee DOT highway cameras are offline.

Link to article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

21) Reality Show for Commuters

Traffic radio beings airing in Ho Chi Minh City.

Link to Vietnam News Agency article:

22) Web Site to Offer Views of Masters Traffic Flow

Link to article in The Augusta Chronicle:

23) New York MTA Chief Vows Reform of Wasteful Spending

Steps include consolidation of 92 information lines and improved real-time information for buses and subways.

Link to article in The Journal News:


24) Technology Driving New Car Sales

Link to article in The Augusta Chronicle:

25) Advancements Accelerate for Car Multimedia Devices

Link to article in the Detroit Free Press:

News Releases

1) RoadSafe Traffic Systems Acquires CSW Safety Services

2) Metro-North Train Time to Give Real-Time Train Status on Smart Phones and Computers

3) US Department of Transportation Provides Air Traffic Assistance Paving Way for Additional Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

4) Garmin Launches BirdsEye Satellite and Aerial Imagery

5) Trafficmaster Acquires Fleet Management Solutions

Upcoming Events

Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exposition – February 2-4 – Philadelphia

Today in Transportation History

2005 **5th anniversary** - The Airbus A380 was unveiled in Toulouse, France.


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willson said...

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