Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, August 19, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Countdown to the 17th ITS World Congress in Busan

Mark your calendar to attend the 17th ITS World Congress at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center from October 25-29, 2010. This year’s theme is 'Ubiquitous Society with ITS.' In Busan, Korea's second-largest city, industry leaders will promote and share the latest, cutting-edge ITS technologies and trends. Register now.

ITS America is once again hosting a U.S. pavilion at the event. As an exhibitor, you’ll gain access to the projected 3,000 potential customers and partners hailing from over 20 countries around the world. You’ll also take advantage of the pavilion’s prime location in the middle of the exhibit floor. For more information, please contact Patty Del Pozo at 202-721-4238.


1) Medevac Industry Opposing Upgrades Wanted by NTSB

Link to article in USA Today:

Link to news release from the Air Medical Operators Association:


2) Phone Number on Older FasTrak Tranponders May Lead to Surprise

Link to article in the San Jose Mercury News:


3) Data Systems and Travel Survey Methods

Papers explore issues such as missing data from ITS and errors in real-time travel time estimation.

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


4) HAWK Lights to Help Reduce Pedestrian Deaths in Metro Phoenix

Link to article in The Arizona Republic:


5) SEPTA Seeks Federal Money for 'Smartcard' Fare System

Link to article in The Philadelphia Inquirer:

6) Haredim Oppose Ads on Bus Display Screens for Disabled in Israel

Bus company, Egged, planned to cover costs by selling ads; threats of boycott forced it to back down.

Link to article in The Jerusalem Post:


7) Volkswagen Developing Hybrid Radio with Internet Interface

Link to article in Radio Today:

News Releases

1) VTT Takes Part in Opening South American Logistics Bottlenecks

2) Texas State Railroad Wins Awards for TV Commercial

3) Portland's TriMet Launches TransitTracker by Text

4) US Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $13.8 Million for Transportation Research and Education

5) Stanford University Researchers Tapped to Help Make Rules for Commercial Space Travel

6) Tracking Technology Wins Australian Defence Science and Technology Orgaisation Eureka Prize

Bernie's Notes

Yesterday many subscribers to the TCN received multiple copies. This was apparently due to a glitch with Google Groups which distributes the TCN. My apologies for the problem. I believe the glitch has been corrected.

Upcoming Events

eCoMove Workshop on Green Cooperative ITS – September 15 – Munich

Today in Transportation History

1960 **50th anniversary** Sputnik 5 was launched. It was the first spaceflight that launched animals into orbit and returned them safely to Earth.


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