Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

The Future of Tolling = ORT + Interoperability + YOU

Register Now for IBTTA’s Upcoming Summit, The Future of Tolling – Going Mainstream Through ORT and Interoperability, May 23-25, 2010 in Boston, MA. 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. Download the agenda and register today -- May 17th is the final day to pre-register and have your name included in the final registration list. For meeting details, visit www.ibtta.org.


1) Air-Safety Watchdogs to Dissect Pilot Error
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

2) As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot
Link to article in The New York Times:

3) FAA Determines Cape Cod Wind Farm is 'No Hazard'
Link to article in The Boston Globe:

4) FAA Uses Open Source ESB to Handle Flight Data
Link to article on SearchSOA.com:

5) Jetera Betting on In-Flight Receipts as an Ad Medium
Link to article in Advertising Age:
http://adage.com/article?article_id=143770  (free registration required)


6) Ship-Tracking System to Help Haitian Port Operations
Link to article on TMCnet:


7) US DOT's ITS/JPO Evaluation Office Makes 2010 Request for Information on ITS Costs
Link to further information:

8) US House to Consider Bill to Put Stimulus Money Details Online
Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

9) Branding IT: Logos, Slogans Sell the IT Message
Oregon DOT among those marketing its IT organizations.
Link to Bloomberg article:


10) Information Technology: At Freight Railroads, IT Execs Help Lead the Change Charge
Link to article in Progressive Railroading:


11) Latest Editions of Thinking Highways
 -  Europe/RoW edition
 -  North America edition

12) Spring Issue of Safe Highway Matters
Link to newsletter:


13) Michigan Bans Texting While Driving; but When Will Technology Take Over to Keep Us Safe?
Link to article in The Grand Rapids Press:

14) US Transportation Secretary Takes Cell Phone Fight Global
Link to article in The Washington Post:

15) The Future is Now
Real-life police technology catches up with science fiction.
Link to article in Government Technology:


16) Redesigning the Bus Stop: Teague's Traffic 2.0 Makes Transit More Friendly
Link to article in Fast Company:

17) Boston Youths Eye Better MBTA Relations
Link to article in The Boston Globe:


18) Rapid Traffic Camera Deployment in Indiana, Thanks to WiMAX
Link to article in Government Video:

19) Social Networking Sites to Provide Traffic Updates in Dehli
Link to article on Fresh News:


20) Taiwan Set to Join Revolutionary California Vehicle Laboratory
Link to article in the Taipei Times:

21) Pedestrian-Detection and Automated Platooning
Link to article on Car Advice:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
Transforming Transportation: Customer Value and Integration - May 26 - Boston
Join Pioneer and Northeastern's Institute for Strategic Transportation Studies as state and national transportation experts look at the lessons learned as Massachusetts has reformed its transportation bureaucracy and what other states can learn from Massachusetts' experience.   Joining Jeffrey Mullan, Secretary of MassDoT will be the heads of the NJ and NH DOTs, as well as top executives from the MBTA, the San Francisco Bay Area MTC and the North Texas Tollway Authority.  The session will be from 8 am-10 am at the Suffolk Law School.  To attend, or for more information, please contact Shannon Garber at sgarber@pioneerinstitute.org  or 617-723-2277 ext 217.

Today in Transportation History    
1980 **30th anniversary** Mount St. Helens in Washington State erupted.  The resulting ash cloud caused the first documented case of jet power loss from a volcanic eruption.

Bernie's Notes
Many of you received multiple copies of yesterday's TCN.  It appears this was due to a glitch on the part of Google Groups since I only sent the newsletter once.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

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