Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, August 9, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Zimbabwe Fools Media with Plane Accident Report

Link to AP article:

2) NTSB Offers Training on Aircraft Accident Emergency Communications

Link to article on


3) Traffic Camera Debate Heats Up Campaign Trails in US

Link to article in The New York Times:

4) Cameras Aim to Boost Safety at Rail Crossings

Link to column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:


5) Making Maps Accessible

Link to blog from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:


6) US Appeals Court Nixes GPS Tracking Without Warrant

Link to AFP article:

7) TV and Parking Spots: New GPS Navigation Systems

Link to DPA article:,new-gps-navigation-systems.html


8) Mississippi River Commission Inspecting Arkansas River via Towboat

Tour offers information on river's navigation system.

Link to article in the Tulsa World:


9) Victoria Transport Bureaucrat's Mind Not on the Job

Senior official under fire for sending passenger tweets to fellow transport heavyweights.

Link to article in the Herald Sun:

10) Hot Wheels, Want d8? Text It so with New Online Communications Service for Motorists

Link to article in The Advertiser:

11) US DOT Appeals to Gen Y Online

Link to column on Nextgov:


12) New Traffic Signals Make it Safer for Pedestrians

Link to article in USA Today:


13) Photos Offer a Challenge: Consider Your Commute

Link to article in The Des Moines Register:


14) Camera Testing Continues on North Carolina's First Toll Road

Link to story and video on WRAL-TV:

15) Roadside Memorial Signs May Be Tough Sell in South Carolina

Link to article in The Sun News:

16) Montana's Cell Phone Pullouts a Sign of the Times

Link to commentary in the Great Falls Tribune:


17) Alabama Feels the High Cost of Distracted Driving

Link to article in The Birmingham News:

18) Summer Edition of Safe Highway Matters Online

Link to newsletter:


19) Response to Seattle Light Rail Accidents Examined

Passenger communications cited as a problem.

Link to article in The Seattle Times:

20) New York MTA Sued Over Anti-Mosque Bus Ads

Link to story and video on NY1:

21) After Boston Herald Tip, MBTA Turns to Social Media to Help Fight Crime on Trains

Link to article in the Boston Herald:

22) The Case for Frequency Mapping

Link to blog on Human Transit:


23) Traffic Alerts Evolving for George Washington Bridge Commuters

Link to article in the Times Herald-Record:

24) Victorian Traffic System Wins 'Smart' Award

Link to article in Supply Chain Review:


25) Engineers Turn Robot Arm Into Formula 1 Simulator

Link to article and video in IEEE Spectrum:

26) Jerry Flint, Dean of Auto Writers, Dead at 79

Link to article in Forbes:

27) Honk if You Hate: Dashboard Gauges You Can't Read

Link to column in Inside Jersey:

News Releases

1) Spatial Roundtable Focuses on DOT Asset Management

2) Georgia Tech Extends Global Reach with Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center

3) Washington Redskins Show Off a New and Improved FedExFied, Including Pre- and Post-Game Traffic Alerts


- Request for Information – IntelliDrive Performance Measurement and Performance-Based Management Demonstrations – US Department of Transportation

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Today in Transportation History

1945 **65th anniversary** A Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Bockscar, dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.


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