Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


AVIATION

1) Off-Shore Wind Farms Bring Concerns Over Radar Systems

Link to article in The Virginian-Pilot:

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/06/offshore-wind-farms-bring-concerns-over-radar-systems

2) The Future of In-Flight Entertainment in an iPad Age

Link to CNET News blog:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20009235-36.html

GPS / NAVIGATION

3) In Major Switch, US Embraces Foreign Navigation Systems

Link to article on Nextgov:

http://gove-media.com/portal/wts/ccmcfOcCoCaqi--VaUoFDLiN67ASh

OTHER

4) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is Charging Ahead in His Political Career

Blog gets over 40,000 hits per week, second only to president in federal government.

Link to article in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/29/AR2010062905327.html

5) Pittsburgh Emerging as a Hub for Future Transportation Technology

Link to article in Pop City:

http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/PSII063010.aspx

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

6) European Commission Launches Information Campaign to Make Sure Passengers Know Their Rights

Link to article on Euractiv:

http://www.euractiv.com/en/food/commission-wants-passangers-know-their-rights-news-495755

SAFETY / SECURITY

7) Ex-employees Raise Concerns in Film About Air Safety Agencies

Link to article in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/29/AR2010062904995.html

TELEMATICS

8) Numerex: Telematics is 'an Emerging and Vital Trend in the Insurance Market'

Link to article in Telematics Update:

http://bit.ly/9NYGnB

TRANSIT

9) Mayor Backs Wi-Fi on London Tube Network

Link to BBC News story:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/10449817.stm

10) E-mail Address Set-Up by Maryland Transit Administration for Public Comments Doesn't Work

Link to column in The Baltimore Sun:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/traffic/2010/06/mta_email_account_return_to_se.html

11) Amtrak Regrets Misleading MARC Passengers

Riders told 'track conditions' reason train missed station stop, not operator error.

Link to column in The Baltimore Sun:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/traffic/2010/06/amtrak_regrets_misleading_marc.html

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

12) No Timetable for Chicago Transit Authority Train Tracker

Link to article in Chicago Now:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/going-public/2010/06/post.html

13) A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Virtual technology and design bolsters traffic signal systems education.

Link to further information from the University of Idaho:

http://www.uidaho.edu/newsevents/features/students/1000words

VEHICLES

14) New Hampshire Governor Backs Release of Info on State-Owned Car Accidents

Link to article in the Portsmouth Herald:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100630-NEWS-6300388

15) Proposal for Digital License Plates Faces a Major Hurdle: the Governor

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/06/california-governor-schwarzenegger-is-against-digital-license-plates-that-flash-ads.html

News Releases

1) Colorado DOT Extends SpeedInfo Solar-Powered, Doppler Sensor Coverage from Denver to Colorado Springs, Building on Success of Earlier Deployment

2) Sensys Networks Launches Innovations in Transportation Research Center

3) Beat the Traffic 3D Goes On-Air with ESRI Web Mapping Technology

4) New Web Page Features Benefits of DC Metro's Transit-Oriented Development Projects

5) FCC Chairman Names Douglas Sicker as Chief Technologist

6) FCC Launches Data Innovation Initiative

Upcoming Events

2010 Highway Capacity Manual Workshop - August 12 - Orlando, Florida

http://trc.ce.ufl.edu/news_and_events/hcm_2010_Workshop.php

Today in Transportation History

1945 **65th anniversary** The USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine with the loss of 880 sailors. The sinking was the largest death toll from a single event in US Navy history.

http://www.ussindianapolis.us/

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