Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, June 7, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

INRIX Launches Free Web-Based Service Enabling Transportation Agencies to View Traffic Flow Conditions Nationwide

Designed for public agencies who own, operate, manage, patrol, and plan the nation’s major highway system, INRIXTraffic.US provides a complete, real-time picture of current traffic flow conditions across the continental United States. INRIXTraffic.US builds upon nearly two years of partnership with The I-95 Corridor Coalition and provides a national version of a site currently in use by dozens of agencies and hundreds of agency employees and contractors along the eastern seaboard. Join INRIX execs Rick Schuman and Ted Trepanier on Thursday, June 10 at 10:00 AM PDT for a special webinar that will provide an overview of INRIXTraffic.US and instructions for using the site as a key component of your transportation operations. Register now for access to the site and webinar at


1) Airlines Work to Catch Up to the Digital Age
Link to article in The New York Times:

2) New Tampa Airport Web Site Could Dictate Future Routes
Link to story and video on Bay News 9:


3) Now Bike Riders Have Their Own Smart Phone Navigation Systems
Link to article in the San Jose Mercury News:


4) Anti-speed Camera Activist Nabs Police Department's Expiring Web Domain
Link to article in the Bristol Herald Courier:


5) Bing Destination Map: Automatic Napkin Sketching of Maps
Link to article on Information Aesthetics:


6) ETC Operator, Taiwan Government Still at Odds Over Toll Collection System
Link to CNA article:


7) TomTom: Why Smartphones Won't Destroy Our Business
Link to article on ZDNet:

8) Are Google Maps and GPS Bad for Our Brains?
Link to commentary in The Washington Post:


9) Mississippi DOT Charges $1 per Page for Records
Link to article in the Sun Herald:

10) Indianapolis Cabbies May be Tested on English Skills
Link to article in The Indianapolis Star:


11) London to Test Pedestrian Countdown Clocks
Link to BBC News story:


12) GE Announces New Rail Technology; Norfolk Southern on Board
Link to article in the Erie Times-News:


13) Beyond 'Real-Time Reporting', Forecasting Future Traffic Jams
Link to article in The New York Times:

14) Goodyear, Arizona Trying to Lure Digital Billboards Despite Concerns
Link to article in The Arizona Republic:

15) Detecting Motorcyclists and Bicyclists at Intersections
Link to article in Public Roads:


16) Unmanned Drone Providing Real-Time Surveillance of Texas-Mexico Border
Link to story and video on KENS-TV:

17) Emergency Text Messaging Signals Evolution in Public Safety Communication
Link to article in Government Technology:


18) OnStar Rival Raises $15.5 Million to Expand Into New Markets
Link to article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

19) What's Deep Inside Big Brown's Trucks
A look behind the scenes at UPS shows why IT is its most critical asset.
Link to article in Forbes:


20) Next Stop, Sign Shop: Workers Toil Around the Clock on New MTA Signage
Link to story and video on WNBC-TV:

21) New York MTA Offers Late-for-Work Alibis Online
Link to article in the New York Post:

22) Documentary on Cincinnati Subway Debuts this Week
Link to article in The Cincinnati Enquirer:


23) New Cameras Will Help Iowa DOT Monitor Traffic in Sioux City
Link to story and video on KTIV-TV:

24) New, Computerized Massachusetts Traffic Alert System Launches Over Memorial Day with a Few Fumbles
Link to column in The Boston Globe:


25) The Connected Car
Ford's Alan Mulally on how auto companies are at last entering the digital age.
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

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Today in Transportation History    
1960 **50th anniversary** A nuclear-tipped BOMARC missile caught fire at Fort Dix in New Jersey.  The fire released radioactive material at the site.

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