Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, November 29, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

November Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who has helped support the TCN during my November fundraising drive! As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, this is part of a twice-a-year fundraising effort for the TCN. In case you missed my previous notes, you can contribute to the TCN with a check or via PayPal. For those who prefer, I can even send you an invoice.

Information on how to contribute is included at the bottom of today's edition. In addition to financial support, there are other ways you can help the TCN. You can tell others about the TCN and let them know they can subscribe by sending me a note. You can also buy an ad or use my transportation voice-over services. More information on my voice-over work can be found Please let me know if you have any questions and again, thank you.


1) Laser-Driven System Replaces Ground Personnel Who Directed Pilots Into Gates

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,1380803.story

2) World-Class Air Traffic Management System for Oman

Link to article in the Oman Daily Observer:

3) How Intelligent Flight Paths Can Reduce Delays, Noise, Carbon Emissions

Link to blog on SmartPlanet:


4) Google Maps Faces July 2010 Deadline on China Regulations

Link to IDG News Service article:

5) Does GPS Spell the End to Maps?

While technology is having an impact on the art of map-reading, it's not charting the end for cartography.

Link to article in the Star Tribune:


6) Mandatory Use of In-Car Devices for Tolls is Questioned in Taiwan

Link to article in the Taipei Times:


7) Florida Goes After Abandoned Boats

Database will track derelict and abandoned vessels.

Link to article in The Miami Herald:

Link to news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:


8) Russian Railways and Italian Firm to Work to Modernize Technology on Rail System

Link to article in The Moscow Times:

Link to news release from Russian Railways:


9) READ THIS: Local Governments in US Told to Buy New Street Signs

Link to story and video on ABC's Good Morning America:

Link to news release from US DOT:

Additional information from

10) Utah DOT Hits Social Media with Weather Updates

Link to article in the Standard-Examiner:

11) Electronic Sign Fight Pits Safety Against Scenery in South Carolina

Link to McClatchy Newspapers article:


12) Wyoming Makes Changes in Collection of Crash Data Information

Link to article in the Star-Tribune:

13) US Navy's Trident Nuclear Warheads Hit the Highway, Bound for Texas

Trucks are tracked 24/7 by satellite but information on shipments not shared with civilian authorities.

Link to article in the Kitsup Sun:

14) A Media False Alarm Over the TSA

Link to column in The New York Times:

15) Vision Zero International – January 2011 Issue Online

Link to magazine:


16) Persistent Track Sensor Woes Continue to Plague DC Metro

Link to article in The Examiner:

17) Minnesota Transit Union Challenges New Policy on Cell Phones

Link to article in the Star Tribune:

18) Denver's Upcoming Cannabis Convention Advertises on RTD Buses

Link to article in The Denver Post:

19) Indian Buses to be Equipped with GPS

Link to article in Daily News & Analysis:

20) Viaduct Sensors Help Chicago Transit Authority Bridge Budget Gap

Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:,0,4637767.column


21) Many Traffic Cams Up and Running on I-95 Through Florida's Treasure Coast

Link to article in The Tribune:

22) Travel-Time Information Proposed for M5 Widening in Sydney

Link to article in the Bay Post:

23) California Highway Patrol, California DOT to Share Inland Empire Transportation Management Center

Link to article in The Sun:


24) Best Android Apps for Your Car

Link to article on CNET UK:

News Releases

1) Frederick, Maryland Makes Local Traffic Reports Available via Cable Channel, Live Web Streaming

2) Amtrak California Web Site Has New Look

3) Applications Sought for 2011 National Roadway Safety Awards

4) Delta to Add Inflight Wi-Fi to 223 Delta Connection Jets

5) New Cell Phone Texting Feature Means University of Utah Students Won't Miss the Bus

6) New Service Helps University of Iowa Bus Riders Get Real-Time Route Information via Mobile Devices

7) Rumbles on the Reservation DVD Now Available

TCN Donations

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Bernie Wagenblast

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Cranford, NJ USA 07016-2911

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Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** The first US patent for a traffic signal system was issued to Ernest E. Sirrine.


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