Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, April 8, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register Now for IBTTA’s Upcoming Summit: The Future of Tolling – Going Mainstream
Through ORT and Interoperability, May 23-25, 2010 in Boston, MA
Join the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Boston for the fourth Summit in a series of workshops focused on the hot topics of ORT and Interoperability. This Summit will bring together transportation experts who will focus on lessons learned, case studies, business rules and future decision-making about all-electronic toll collection, interoperability, violation enforcement, and implications for vehicle miles traveled charging. Breakout sessions are divided into four main categories – On the Road and in the Car; Technology and Backroom Issues; Road Pricing and Financial Issues and In the Public and Policy Forum. IBTTA is exploring opportunities to involve university students and faculty from the Boston area in research connected with the main topics of this Summit. Click here for registration, hotel and travel information and to view the preliminary


1) Along for the Ride
When a team of Seton Hall alumni joined the launch of Shadow Traffic in 1979, they helped transform the morning commute.
Link to article in Seton Hall:

2) FEMA Drafts MOU with Fish and Wildlife Service to Safeguard Migratory Birds from Communications Towers
Link to article in Government Security News:


3) Amtrak Bill for Public Records: $6,080
Link to article in The Day:

4) Derailed Locomotive Took Virginia Emergency Dispatchers Minutes to Find
Link to story and video on WVEC-TV:


5) More Enforcement Planned Against Distracted Driving
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:
Link to news release from US DOT:

6) Hurricane Evacuation, Security System Tested
Link to story and video on KRIV-TV:

7) TSA OKs More than Just Apple iPad for Screening
Link to article in PCWorld:

8) Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 Safety Data Available Monday; Rollout Delayed Until November
Link to article on Truckinginfo:

9) Phoning While Driving
Link to articles in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Status Report:


10) Feds Deny TriMet’s Request for Quieter Train Horns
Link to article in The Daily News:

11) Seattle Next Train Announcements as Good as They’re Going to Get
Link to blog and video on Seattle Transit Blog:


12) South Korea and Japan Streets Ahead in Smart Transport
Link to CNN story:

13) Inside Inrix – How Traffic Data is Collected, What It Means for Your Commute
Link to article in Consumer Reports:

14) Going with the Traffic Flow in Alachua County, Florida
Link to article in The Gainesville Sun:


15) Toyota Execs Debated When to Disclose Accelerator-Pedal Problem
Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

16) New Industry Group Formed to Promote Use of Satellite Technology for Australian Trucks
Link to article on Transport & Logistics News:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
Webinar: Impact of the New MUTCD on Pedestrians and Bicyclists – April 15

Today in Transportation History    
1910 **100th anniversary** The Los Angeles Motordome, a wooden track built for motor racing, opened in Playa de Rey, California.

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