Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, April 26, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

One Week Away from the ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston! 

There’s still time to register for ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting and Exposition, May 3 -5! The final program is now available, and includes more than 50 sessions filled with industry experts tackling the hottest transportation issues today. The conference will also feature a 150,000 square-foot exhibit hall featuring the best of ITS technology and products, and high-tech demos, including an 18-wheeler roll-over demonstrating the latest in incident response.
After the Closing Plenary, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will convene a U.S. DOT Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Meeting to solicit the views of key stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of surface transportation programs.  The meeting is scheduled from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. See you in Houston!


1) FAA Wants No Pilot Distractions
Link to article in USA Today:
Link to news release from the Federal Aviation Administration:

2) Displays on Jets’ Windshields Boost Safety, Study Finds
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

3) Atlantic City Airport Named Test Site for New System that Speeds Important Updates to Pilots
Link to article in The Press of Atlantic City:


4) MapQuest Introduces Free GPS App for Apple iPhone
Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:


5) Satellite Navigation, Mobile Phone Network Can Enhance Trains’ Safety
Link to ANI article:

6) Illinois Accident’s Lesson: Don’t Trust Railway Signals
Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:


7) Virginia Considers Banning Cell Phones in Work Zones
Link to article in Roads & Bridges:


8) 23 EU Countries to Join eCall Initiative, Malta Still Absent
Link to article in The Malta Independent:

9) 3-D Technology Helps Emergency Responders Observe Origins of 911 Calls
Link to article in Government Technology:

10) In Chicago Cabs, More Cameras Will be Along for Ride
Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:


11) Inside NASA’s World-Class Supercomputer Center
Link to CNET News article:


12) Telematics Enable Smarter Driver and Auto Dealer Services
Link to article on SPEC:


13) ORCA Card Frustrates Some Puget Sound Transit Riders
Link to article on seattlepi:

14) Caltrain Joins Translink Regional Transit Ticketing System
Link to story and audio report on KCBS Radio:

15) Cool Transit Apps Come Down the Pike as New York MTA Loosens Restrictions
Link to article in amNew York

16) Metra Derails Wi-Fi for Now
Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:

17) A Dashboard for DC’s Metro
Link to article on Nextgov:


18) Smarter Highways – Information the Key to Keep Washington State Moving
Link to article and video in the Issaquah Reporter:

19) Jakarta Traffic Police Getting Hip to Twitter, Facebook in Bid to Improve Services
Link to article in the Jakarta Globe:

20) Canadian Oil Firm Uses Digital Signage to Give Ultra-Local Info to Heavy Vehicle Drivers
Link to article on


21) New Technology Lets Drivers Steer Car with Their Eyes
Link to AP article:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
ITS Canada Annual Conference 2010 – June 13-16 – Ottawa

Today in Transportation History    
1860 **150th anniversary** The steamboat Alfred T. Lacey, once piloted by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), was destroyed in a fire.

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