Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, August 20, 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 Intros Airport Safety Technology Program

Link to article in Aviation International News:

http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/faa-intros-airport-safety-technology-program-25836/

2) Dayton Airport Revamps Web Site to Encourage Land Development

Link to article in the Dayton Daily News:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/dayton-airport-revamps-website-to-encourage-land-development-870042.html

Link to site: http://flydayton.com/

CAMERAS

3) £100,000 Newtown, UK Traffic Cameras Never Switched On

Link to article in the County Times:

http://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/92266/-100k-newtown-traffic-cameras-never-switched-on.aspx

GPS / NAVIGATION

4) Key Step for Lockheed's Next Generation GPS Satellites

Link to article in the Philadelphia Business Journal:

http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/blogs/technology/2010/08/key_step_for_lockheeds_next_generation_gps_satellites.html

MARITIME

5) Providence, Rhode Island Builds on Port Security with Chemical Sensors

Link to article in Government Technology:

http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/768557

RAILROADS

6) Trains in India to Use GPS to Avoid Accidents

Link to article in The Times of India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Trains-to-use-GPS-to-avoid-accidents/articleshow/6380812.cms

7) High-Speed Rail Foes, Backers in Wisconsin Set Up Rival Web Sites

Link to article in the Journal Sentinel:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/101001359.html

Link to NoTrain.com: http://www.notrain.com/

Link to Midwest High Speed Rail Association: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2228/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4168

ROADWAYS

8) New Site Gives Citizens Chance to Lobby North Carolina DOT for Major Roadwork

Link to article in the Triangle Business Journal:

http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2010/08/16/daily49.html

9) Paved and Confused

What Krugman, Maddow, and the press corps don't understand about gravel roads.

Link to commentary in Slate:

http://www.slate.com/id/2264109/pagenum/all/

SAFETY / SECURITY

10) Scientists Simulate Terror Attack on Boston Subway

Link to AP article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gyqk5dgh9wctp5uWkfGhbCFq64SQD9HN8EC83

11) Pentagon to Deploy Experimental Gunfire Alert System for Helicopters

Link to article on Nextgov:

http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100819_3678.php

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

12) Transport: Signal Maneuver

A toolkit of technologies and procedures to manage motorway traffic flow.

Link to analysis in the Financial Times:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d1e53e4-abb9-11df-9f02-00144feabdc0.html

13) Traffic Review

App offers real-time traffic data that can be frustratingly incomplete.

Link to review in Macworld:

http://www.macworld.com/appguide/app.html?id=85485

VEHICLES

14) General Motors, Sandia Labs Look at Future of Personal Transportation

Link to Bay Area News Group article:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_15830812

15) Event Data Recorders Used in NHTSA Study of Toyotas Have History of Problems

Link to article in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/19/AR2010081906562.html

News Releases

1) National Transit Institute to Offer Course and Webinars on Narrowbanding

2) JOC Sailings Launches Redesign of Global Sailing Schedules and Maritime News Web Site

Upcoming Events

2010 ITS Minnesota Fall Industry Forum – October 19 – St. Paul, Minnesota

http://www.itsmn.org/news.php?item.13.2

Friday Bonus

Maybe you're like me and haven't had a day of formal traffic engineering training. Like most drivers, though, you probably think you can do better than the pros when it comes to traffic management and adjusting traffic signal timing. Okay, here's your chance to show if you've got what it takes.

http://www.its.umn.edu/GridlockBuster/game/index.html

Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** Eero Saarinen, the architect who designed several transportation-related landmarks, including the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, the main terminal at Dulles Airport, and the General Motors Technical Center, was born in Kirkkonummi, Finland.

http://www.eerosaarinen.net/

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