Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, March 22, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Spring’s Sprung:  It’s Time to Make Plans to Attend ITS America’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition, May 3-5, 2010, in Houston, Texas.
·       Plan to attend the “meeting before the meeting”:  the Texas State Senate Transportation & Homeland Security Committee will examine key issues at 9:00 a.m. Monday, immediately prior to the Opening Plenary.  The Committee will conduct a hearing focused on congestion and air quality, overweight vehicles, hurricane response and other issues such as transportation finance and traffic safety.
·       Reserve a spot for a unique opportunity to tour the security system of the Port of Houston, the port ranking second in the US in total tonnage.  You also won’t want to miss touring Houston’s other innovative ITS-enabled transportation resources including Houston TranStar, a national leader in freeway incident management.
·       Choose from among our 50+ educational sessions, and earn “professional development hours.”
·       Save time and register online.  The Conference hotel is 90% sold out; click here for reservations.
·       Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are still available.


1) The Future of… Airplane Service
Seatback touch-screens can and will offer a variety of services.
Link to video on ZDNet:

2) The Future of Flight
Editorial calls for airlines to install equipment to allow use of NextGen air traffic control.
Link to editorial in The Washington Post:


3) GPS-Guided Parachutes Deliver Supplies to Soldiers in Remote Areas
Link to article on Nextgov:

4) Use of Car GPS Units Steering Some Truckers Into Trouble
Link to article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:


5) UK Opens National Control Center to Tackle Security Risks at Sea
Link to BBC News story:


6) California Lawmakers’ Travel Data Secret
Security concerns cited for refusal to disclose destinations or proof trips were for official business.
Link to AP article:

7) ‘Augmented Reality’ Travel App Bolsters Smartphone
Link to article in USA Today:

8) Phone + GPS + Camera = Revolution
Link to article in Governing:


9) Take $787 Billion. Now Show Where It’s Going
Advising the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board on how to offer clear data.
Link to article in The New York Times:


10) The Internet of Cars
Link to article on ICT Results:


11) Wi-Fi on New Mexico’s Rail Runner Gets Closer
Link to article from the Albuquerque Journal:

12) New York MTA Slows Rollout of Pictographs Due to Budget Crunch
Link to article in the New York Post:


13) Pennsylvania DOT’s Incident Command Center Uses New Technology to Monitor Roads
Link to article in The Times-Tribune:

14) Road Conditions Tracked, Shared by University of Maryland-Created Network
Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:

15) Intelligent Traffic System to be Used in Gurgaon, India During Commonwealth Games
Link to IANS article:

16) The Start Date of Intelligent Transport Management System in Baku, Azerbaijan Announced
Link to article on Today.Az:


17) Taking the Driver Out of the Car
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
Women’s Transportation Seminar Annual Conference – May 19-21 – Washington, DC

Today in Transportation History    
1860 **150th anniversary** John George Bartholomew, a noted cartographer and geographer, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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