Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, August 2, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation announces the launch of Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) 2010: Focus … Safe driving is serious business.

The DSWW 2010 tool kit is available FREE from NETS now through Sept. 20 at

The 2010 campaign materials focus on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly as related to the use of cell phones and texting. The tool kit provides easy-to-use resources to support targeted activities for each day of the campaign week. These include interactive, electronic tools, downloadable graphics and daily communications messages. DSWW 2010 is Oct. 4-8; however, materials are designed for use at any time throughout the year. To preview the materials, go to:


1) GAGAN is Undergoing Final Operational Phase: Airports Authority of India

System will augment satellite navigation for flights over India.

Link to article in The Hindu:

2) '85 Delta 191 Disaster at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Gave Rise to Broad Safety Overhaul

Better weather threat detection and changes to how pilots communicate resulted from crash.

Link to article in The Dallas Morning News:

3) Comair Mechanics Withdraw from Safety Program

Link to AP article:


4) The Technology Behind the London Bicycle Hire Scheme

Link to article in The Telegraph:


5) Swiss Test Traffic Super Cameras

Devices will be able to detect up to ten traffic offenses.

Link to AFP article:

6) Pennsylvania Governor's Idea to Use Highway Cameras to Identify Uninsured Drivers Draws Criticism

Link to article in The Patriot-News:


7) China Launches New Global Positioning Satellite

Link to Reuters article:

8) Japan Mobile Phone Makers to Roll Out 'Augmented Reality'

Phones will help users find their ways around large cities.

Link to AFP article:

9) GPS May be Everywhere, but New York City EMS Crews Don't Have Them

Link to article in amNew York:


10) West Virginia Hosts National Rural ITS Conference

Link to AP article:

11) In India, Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers

Link to article in The New York Times:

12) Does Surveillance Make Us Morally Better?

Link to article in Philosophy Now:

13) Dude, Where's Your Car?

How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser.

Link to article in Slate:

14) Current Issue of Volpe Highlights

Link to newsletter:


15) Chicago Not Amused by Radio Stunt

Construction 'alerts' promote WJMK-FM, concert.

Link to article in the Chicago Sun-Times:,CST-NWS-jack31.article


16) Bipartisan Bill Would Block FCC from Seizing Spectrum

Link to article on Nextgov:

17) For No Signs of Trouble, Kill the Alarm

'Alarm fatigue' blamed, in part, for DC Metro collision, airliner crashes.

Link to article in The New York Times:

18) Most Teens Still Driving While Distracted

Link to article in USA Today:

19) Rhode Island DMV Helps Finger a Criminal Without Prints

Link to article in The Providence Journal:

20) Senior Traffic Deaths Down, California DMV Cites Senior Driver-Oriented Web Links in Helping Keep Older Drivers Behind the Wheel

Link to blog in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

21) YouTube Veil Video Sparks Airline Safety Probe

Link to CBC News story:

22) The TSA's Secure Flight Initiative May be Making Your Privacy Less Secure

Link to column in The Washington Post:


23) For Most Boston T Riders, the Long Wait for a Bus Location App is Over

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

24) Manchester's Bus Timetable Data Sets Released

Link to article in The Guardian:

25) Maryland Transit Administration Could Learn from Slaying

Better information, from signage to GPS-tracking, could make transit travel safer.

Link to column in The Baltimore Sun:,0,5380901.story


26) Upgrade Will Improve Quality of Tennessee Traffic Cameras

Link to article and video in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

27) Smarter Highways Coming to Washington State's I-5 August 10

Link to further information from Washington State DOT:


28) NPR Offers Video of Captioned Radio

Joint venture with Delphi develops dual-screen, in-vehicle unit that shows navigation to driver and captioning to passenger.

Link to article in Radio Ink:

Link to video:

29) Presentations from July 20 IntelliDrive Safety Workshop Now Available

Link to presentations:

News Releases

1) FHWA Announces $9.7 Million in Grants to Fund Innovative Approaches to Congestion

2) US and EU Announce Collaboration on the Use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems

3) PBSJ Announces Plans to Join with Atkins – PBSJ to Become Subsidiary

4) Miami Traffic Cameras Go Live with TrafficLand Service

5) US DOT, Seventeen Magazine, and AAA Launch National Two-Second Turnoff Day Video Challenge

6) Ford Researchers Advancing Crash Avoidance Capability with Wireless Technology

7) ATX Transitions In-Vehicle Telematics Safety to Mobile Emergency Management of Crashes Across Emergency Response Chain

8) Vector Capital Announces Successful Close to Acquisition of Trafficmaster


- Request for Letters of Interest – I-15 ITS Design-Build – Nevada Department of Transportation

Upcoming Events

National Parking Association Annual Convention and Exposition – October 11-14 – Boston

Today in Transportation History

1610 **400th anniversary** Henry Hudson sailed into what is now known as Hudson Bay.


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