Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Travel Groups Start Online Petition on Airline Fees

Link to article in The New York Times:

Link to site:

2) FAA Medical Institute in Oklahoma City Trains Flight Crews in Survival

Link to article in The Oklahoman:


3) Garmin Partners with Coyote for Speed Camera Information

Link to article on GPS Business News:


4) South Carolina Ports to Get $17.3 Million Info Technology Upgrade

Link to article in The Post and Courier:

5) Granddaughter of Titanic Officer Reveals Family Secret on Mix-Up of Steering Orders

Link to BBC News story:

7) US Coast Guard Expands Safety Awareness Program for Personnel

Link to article in Government Security News:


8) Dunedin, New Zealand Introduces Text-to-Pay Parking – Glitch Reported

Link to article in the Otago Daily Times:


9) US Transportation Secretary Pushes Federal Law to Quell 'Epidemic' of Distracted Driving

Link to story and video on PBS NewsHour:

10) Can More Technology Solve the Texting and Driving Problem?

Link to story and video on WUSA-TV:

11) Real-Time Security Cameras Link New York City Subway Hubs

Link to AP article:

12) New Documentary Sheds Light on TSA Shortcomings

Link to blog on Smarter Travel:

13) Public Transit Security Information Sharing: DHS Could Improve Information Sharing through Streamlining and Increased Outreach

Link to further information from the US Government Accountability Office:


14) Wrap Up from the Insurance Telematics USA Conference

Link to article in Telematics Update:

15) Continental: 'The Car is Becoming 'Always On' Now'

Link to interview in Telematics Update:


16) Transit Unions Text Washington to Get Better Commute

Link to article in The Hill:

17) New York MTA Brings TV to the Subway

Link to blog in The New York Times:

18) Houston Metro Meetings Go Live on the Web

Link to story and audio report on KUHF Radio:


19) How to Unjam Moscow's Traffic Jams?

City plans to develop intelligent transport system.

Link to story on The Voice of Russia:

20) Smart Roads in Queensland Set to Get Smarter?

Link to article on ZDNet:

News Releases

1) Passengers Design Train Interiors: Bombardier Chooses Winners of the Web-Based YouRail Design Contest

2) Iteris’ Lane Departure Warning System to be Integrated into Two Passenger Vehicle Models with Another OEM Customer

3) JetBlue and ViaSat Announce 21st Century In-Flight Broadband Connectivity

4) Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Share Safety Data

5) Seattle Creates Map Just for Pedestrians

6) PNDs Remain the Navigation Form-Factor of Choice but Survey Finds Regional Differences Exist

7) QNX, chumby Bring Personalized Internet Experience to the Car

8) Automotive Application Users to Reach 28 Million by 2015

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Today in Transportation History

1995 **15th anniversary** A US Air Force AWACS plane crashed on takeoff at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. All 24 US and Canadian airman aboard were killed.


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