Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, April 5, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

·       FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez joins the lineup of USDOT Presidential Appointees and executives at USDOT’s May 4 Opening Plenary.  Speakers Include Administrators of NHTSAFMCSA and RITA as well as Deputy Administrators of FTAFRA and RITA.
·       Reserve your hotel room now. Rooms are 90% sold, and conference rates expire April 9.
·       Can’t attend?  Register for our technical session webinars.  Click “Attendee Registration”; enter your info; on “Profile Page,” scroll down to “Webinar” block.
·       Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are still available.


1) Lapses Hinder Rescue Teams Hunting for Lost Planes
Link to AP article:

2) FAA Error-Reporting Program Reveals Hazards, Yields Fixes
Link to article in USA Today:

3) Raleigh-Durham Airport to Appeal Ruling Allowing Newspaper Racks
Link to article in USA Today:

4) Aviation Apps for iPad
Link to article on AVweb:


5) Google Street View Goes 3D
Link to article on Softpedia:


6) States Pursue English-Only Driver Testing Requirement
Link to article in Land Line:

7) ITS are Useful Tools to Weaken Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
Link to article in Roads & Bridges:

8) Need a Cab? New GPS Analysis Shows Where to Find One in New York City
Link to article in The New York Times:


9) Gainesville, Florida Police Track Percentage of Drivers Yielding to Pedestrians
Link to article in The Gainesville Sun:


10) DB Netz Grows High-Tech Track, Tunnels and Bridges
Link to article in Eurailmag:

11) Train Driver Desks Crossing Borders with EUDDplus
Link to article in Eurailmag:


12) Airline Passenger Conversations to be Monitored Under EU Project
Link to article in the Telegraph:


13) Key Antenna Fails as Discovery Enters Orbit
Link to article in Computerworld:


14) Transit TV Returns with New Programming and an Innovative New Advertising System
Link to article in Los Angeles County MTA’s The Source:

15) A New Look for Google Transit Maps
Link to Google’s Lat Long Blog:


16) Seven Ways to Get Transportation Information for Shanghai World Expo
Link to article in the China Daily:

17) Eyes on the Road in San Marcos, California
Link to article in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

18) Way-To-Go Vancouver Olympics - Lessons For Transport Planners
Link to blog on Planetizen:


19) NHTSA is Behind Times on Car Electronic Safety
Link to article in The Tennessean:

20) E-tags Eyed for Car Transport
Link to article in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

21) An Interview with Christopher Barger, Director of Social Media for General Motors
Link to podcast on ZDNet:

22) Ford Lures Small Businesses with Graphic Web Site to Customize Transit Connect
Link to article in The Detroit News:

23) Shedding Light on Safety
Mercedes adaptive LED headlight system can help drivers see better and avoid blinding other drivers.
Link to article in The New York Times:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
ITS Joint Program Office Strategic Plan Workshop – April 28-29 – Washington, DC

Today in Transportation History    
1910 **100th anniversary** The Transandine rail tunnel, connecting Argentina and Chile, opened.

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