Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, July 30, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

IVBSS Program Public Meeting October 20, 2010 in Ypsilanti, MI
U.S. DOT will host a one-day public meeting on October 20, 2010 to provide a report on results from the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) field operational test to members of the vehicle safety research community and other interested parties.
The IVBSS program is a five-year cooperative research agreement to combine several crash warning subsystems -- including forward collision, lane departure, lane change, and curve speed warning -- into a single, integrated concept to enhance the safety of both passenger vehicles and heavy trucks. Field tests using a fleet of light vehicles and heavy trucks were recently completed and the resulting reports are being finalized. The Key Findings report for the Heavy Truck field test will be available by the end of August.
Click here for registration and additional information. Online registration deadline is October 15.


AVIATION

1) FAA Says Florida May is Colorblind, Won’t Hire Him; He Sues
Link to article in The Tampa Tribune:
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/jul/30/faa-wont-hire-sarasota-man-air-traffic-controller-/news-breaking/

2) At Boston’s Logan Airport, Tweeting is Taking Off
Link to article in The Boston Globe:
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2010/07/30/at_logan_airport_tweeting_is_taking_off/

3) Transport Canada Fails to See Humor in Line of Baggage Stickers
Link to article in The Gazette:
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Transport+Canada+fails+humour+line+baggage+stickers/3338860/story.html

4) Articles from July Issue of Airport Improvement
- San Jose International Modernizes Technology and Security
http://www.airportimprovement.com/content/story.php?article=00187
- DuPage Airport Secures Its Borders
http://www.airportimprovement.com/content/story.php?article=00190
- Highway Signs Modified to Clarify Twin Cities Confusion
http://www.airportimprovement.com/content/story.php?article=00195

GPS / NAVIGATION

5) Drivers and the GPS: A Love-Hate Relationship
Link to story and video report on Central Florida News 13:
http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2010/july/128842/Drivers-and-the-GPS:-A-love-hate-relationship

OTHER

6) New Database Tracks Transportation Earmarks in Congress
Link to article on MinnPost.com:
http://www.minnpost.com/politicalagenda/2010/07/29/20111/new_database_tracks_transportation_earmarks_in_congress

7) Dehli Traffic Police at Receiving End of Facebook Traffic Vigil
Link to article in the Hindustan Times:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Cops-at-receiving-end-of-Facebook-traffic-vigil/Article1-579252.aspx

8) Delaware River Port Authority Will End Secret Internal Board Meetings
Agency will also open books to state auditors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Link to story on WHYY Radio:
http://whyy.org/cms/news/government-politics/2010/07/30/drpa-will-end-secret-internal-board-meetings/42830

9) Latest Issue of Texas Transportation Researcher Online
- TTI Has You Covered – Weather You're Coming or Going
http://tti.tamu.edu/publications/researcher/newsletter.htm?vol=46&issue=2&article=1&year=2010
- Spotlight: The Visibility Research Laboratory
http://tti.tamu.edu/publications/researcher/newsletter.htm?vol=46&issue=2&article=2&year=2010
- Using Bluetooth Technology to Aid in Hurricane Evacuation
http://tti.tamu.edu/publications/researcher/newsletter.htm?vol=46&issue=2&article=4&year=2010
- Marking the Way: Research Project Improves Performance of Raised Pavement Markers
http://tti.tamu.edu/publications/researcher/newsletter.htm?vol=46&issue=2&article=8&year=2010
- TTI's Contributions to Pavement Marking Started Early
http://tti.tamu.edu/publications/researcher/newsletter.htm?vol=46&issue=2&article=9&year=2010

10) ERTICO’s iMobility Newsletter – July 2010
Link to newsletter:
http://tools.emailgarage.com/Pub/E-1eEwAAAAA~/IPLtTS13P0OoOFZkCpWuBA~~/ZHYMv7dxgEaVb2Rx6sMXeg~~/ViewEmail.ashx

PARKING

11) Advertisements Could be Coming to Five San Francisco-Run Garages
Link to article in The Examiner:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/under-the-dome/advertisements-could-be-coming-to-five-city-run-garages-99633704.html

ROADWAYS

12) South Carolina DOT Plans for Standardized Roadside Memorials
Link to AP article:
http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/07/30/1610668/sc-dot-plans-for-standardized.html

SAFETY / SECURITY

13) Freedom of Photography: Police, Security Often Clamp Down Despite Public Right
Link to article in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072502795_pf.html

TELEMATICS

14) Automotive Telematics Deliver a Brave New Ride
Link to blog on Automotive World:
http://krigr.co.cc/automotive-telematics-deliver-a-brave-new-ride/

TRANSIT

15) NJ Transit Emergency Responders Face Challenging Recovery After Fatality on Tracks
Link to article in The Star-Ledger:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/nj_transit_emergency_response.html

16) To Blog or Not to Blog?
How should transit agencies handle employee blogs?
Link to commentary from Metro:
http://www.metro-magazine.com/Blog/Transit-Dispatches/Story/2010/07/To-blog-or-not-to-blog-.aspx

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

17) Dish TV Launches Traffic Active in India
Link to India Infoline News Service article:
http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/Dish-TV-launches-Traffic-Active/4896103674

VEHICLES

18) Release of Toyota Documents Blocked, Ex-NHTSA Official Says
Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703999304575399523349443634.html


News Releases
1) Imtech Acquires YSP in Finland to Strengthen Its Traffic Market Position in the Nordic Region


Upcoming Events
California Transit Association Annual Fall Conference & Expo – September 14-15 – San Diego
http://www.caltransit.org/node/679


Friday Bonus
Dramamine and Prozac could be helpful when flying into these airports!
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-worlds-scariest-runways/1


Today in Transportation History
1825 **185th anniversary** Malden Island was discovered in the Pacific Ocean.
http://www.janeresture.com/kiribati_line/malden.htm

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