Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Florida Airport Changes Name, Increases Business

Link to story on WFTV-TV:

http://www.wftv.com/countybycounty/22412815/detail.html

CAMERAS

2) We Don’t Need Secret Surveillance Cameras

Unlike ordinary CCTV cameras, Britain's 10,500 automatic numberplate recognition cameras are placed in secret locations.

Link to commentary in The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/feb/03/cctv-cameras-surveillance-police

GPS / NAVIGATION

3) ESA Puts Money Pen to Galileo Paper: Three Big Contracts

Link to article in GPS World:

http://www.gpsworld.com/gnss-system/galileo/news/esa-puts-money-pen-galileo-paper-three-big-contracts-9483

OTHER

4) Toyota’s Digital Disaster

In the Google era, how do you manage a product recall and a public-relations fiasco? Don't do what Toyota's done.

Link to article in Newsweek:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/232962

5) February Issue of Arizona DOT’s TRANsend Newsletter

- Hazmat Matters: Department’s Hazmat Technicians Protect Employees, Roads, and Environment (page 3)

- Winter’s Worst Brings Out the Best in ADOT (page 5)

http://www.azdot.gov/CCPartnerships/TRANsend/PDF/February_2010.pdf

RAILROADS

6) Waybill Change Would List All Toxic Inhalation Hazard Rail Movements

Link to article in Occupational Health & Safety:

http://ohsonline.com/articles/2010/02/03/waybill-change-would-list-all-tih-rail-movements.aspx

SAFETY / SECURITY

7) Anti-texting Law Tough to Enforce Against Drivers, Illinois Authorities Say

Link to article in The State Journal-Register:

http://www.sj-r.com/carousel/x1878077565/Anti-texting-law-tough-to-enforce-against-drivers-authorities-say

TRANSIT

8) DC Metro’s Safety Office was Unaware of Red Line Accident for More Than 30 Hours

Link to article in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020203678.html

9) Toronto Transit Launches Beta Online Trip Planner, Still has Bugs

Link to CTV News story:

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100203/ttc_planner_100203/20100203/?hub=TorontoNewHome

10) BART Partners with Foursquare to Increase Ridership

Link to article in Governing:

http://now.eloqua.com/es.asp?s=1222&e=60472&elq=e9b64e7023604173bba706e546067600

11) RFID Data Reveals London’s Polycentric Pattern of Commuting

Link to article in Technology Review:

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/24737/?nlid=2707&a=f

12) Design of Transit Signal Priority at Signalized Intersections with Queue Jumper Lanes

Link to article in the Journal of Public Transportation:

http://www.nctr.usf.edu/jpt/pdf/JPT12-4Zhou.pdf

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

13) Road Data Processor GEWI Enters US Poised for Location Market Apps

Link to blog from Strategy Analytics:

http://blogs.strategyanalytics.com/auto/?p=45

14) Grand Canyon National Park Dynamic Message Sign/Highway Advisory Radio Pilot Deployment/Evaluation

Link to final report from the Western Transportation Institute:

http://www.westerntransportationinstitute.org/documents/reports/4W2106_Final_Report.pdf

15) Deploying Portable Advanced Traveler Information Systems: Redding Deployment Evaluation

Link to final report from the Western Transportation Institute:

http://www.westerntransportationinstitute.org/documents/reports/4W2025_Final_Report.pdf

News Releases

1) Iteris Announces Cutting-Edge Advanced Wide Dynamic Range Traffic Video Detection Camera

2) Houston TranStar Introduces iPhone App

3) Mentor Engineering’s T-Box Annunciator Keeps Passengers Informed and Decreases Driver Distraction

4) Navteq Traffic Doubles In-Vehicle Use in North America in 2009

5) Electronic Toll Collection Systems - A Global Update of Market Trends & Opportunities - New Market Report Published

Solicitation

- Proposals - TRB/SHRP 2 Travel Reliability IDEA Program

http://www.trb.org/IDEAProgram/IDEAReliability.aspx

Upcoming Events

Asia Pacific Maritime 2010 – March 24-26 – Singapore

http://www.apmaritime.com/

Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** - The gunboat Ometepe bombarded the Nicaraguan city of Greytown.

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9C04E0D61730E233A25756C0A9649C946196D6CF

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