Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, February 1, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Early Registration Deadline Extended for ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting & Exposition

The early registration deadline for ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting & Exposition has been extended to February 12, 2010.

ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting & Exposition from May 3-5, 2010, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, will provide transportation professionals and policymakers the necessary tools and strategies they need to create communities that are safer, cleaner, more livable and less congested.

We will host several ancillary meetings held by such organizations as the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the Regional Safety Council. Sam Palmisano, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, will close out the conference by sharing his vision for creating a smarter transportation network through technology innovations. Take advantage of the lowest registration rates by registering online by February 12. For the latest conference information and to view the preliminary program, click here or follow us on Twitter at


1) High Airport Security May be Cutting Thefts

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:,0,6572127.story

2) Flight Management Aids Aviation Emission Cuts

Link to BBC News story:

3) False American Airlines Twitter Post Offers Fast Lesson in Social Media

Link to article in The Dallas Morning News:!finance/amr/stories/013010dnmetsocialhaitiside.f4d307.html

4) Southwest Airlines Ramps Up In-Flight Web Surfing

Link to article in the Washington Business Journal:


5) Tennessee Legislators Look to Restrict Traffic Camera Use

Link to story on WPLN Radio:


6) Appeals Court Lets Google Street View Suit Continue

Pennsylvania couple sues over photo of home.

Link to CNET News article:


7) Indian Government Bringing Together IT Experts to Pick Electronic Toll System

Link to article on Zee News:


8) No Regulations in Canada for GPS Use Despite Safety Risk

Link to CBC News story:

9) Racing Teams Hit with Bill for FIA Technology

Race cars to be equipped with ultra-sensitive GPS units.

Link to story on ESPN F1:

10) Free Mobe Map App ‘Shut Down by’ Nokia

Link to article in The Register:


11) Maryland Natural Resources Police Keeping an Electronic Eye Out for Poachers on Chesapeake Bay

Link to column in The Baltimore Sun:,0,4523441.story


12) Radar Problems Foil US Missile Defense Test

Link to CNN story and video:


13) Finding Ways to Put DC’s Metro System Back on Track

Some say cultural shift, including more safety training, is what's needed.

Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:,0,1674339.story

14) Building a Better Way, One Tweet at a Time

The Toronto Transit Commission asks customers how to improve.

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

15) New Message Signs with Twice the Info Could be Coming to Caltrain Stations

Link to article in The Examiner:

16) Tardy Transit? Tweet to the Top

Site allows San Francisco Muni riders to send a message to the mayor.

Link to article in Wired:


17) Brainstorming a Better Commute

Software developers and Massachusetts transportation officials look at ways to improve transit information.

Link to article and video in The Boston Globe:

News Releases

1) Investment and Smarter Speed Limits Can Improve Our Roads’ Safety Rating, Says Freight Transport Association

2) Delta Completes Integration of Northwest Airport and Reservations Systems; Northwest Flight Numbers and Retired

3) NASA Provides Inside Look at International Space Station with Streaming Video


- Intelligent Transportation Systems Technical Support Services – US DOT

Upcoming Events

Aviation Industry Expo – March 16-18 – Las Vegas

Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** - Service began on the Woodburn Branch of the Oregon Electric Railway.


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