Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Early Investment in NextGen Technology is a Tough Sell for Airlines

Link to article on Nextgov:

2) Rolls Royce Draws Flak for Quiet on Engine Fire

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

3) White House Concedes Better Communication Needed on Security Scanner Safety

Link to article in Government Security News:


4) GM Publishes 'Blue Paper' to Drive Sustainable Urban Mobility

Includes recommendation to develop sophisticated, integrated ITS.

Link to article in International Business Times:

5) Transportation: A Moving Target of Opportunity

Robust technologies in transit, airports, rails, highways and other infrastructure signal jobs for system integrators.

Link to article on


6) High-Speed Rail Funding Sparks Online Debate

Link to article on CNET News:


7) Rhode Island DOT to Charge Businesses for New Highway Signs

Link to article in Providence Business News:,53691


8) Clear Registered Traveler Service Resumes Operations

Link to article in the Orlando Sentinel:,0,1613152.story

9) New Systems Could Save Drowsy Motorists

Link to blog and video on CBS Money Watch:

10) New York City Mayor Opens Up More Crime Data, so Why Not Traffic Safety Info Too?

Link to blog on Streetsblog New York City:


11) Moscow Transport Plan Sparks Virtual Congestion

Link to article in The Moscow News:

12) Negotiating Traffic Will be Easier in Bangalore with VMS Being Installed

Link to article in Mid Day:

13) Using the 'Crowd' to Cut Travel Times

Link to blog in Fleet Owner:

14) Phone Apps to Navigate Traffic

Link to article in The New York Times:


15) Secret Cars Kept Under Wraps, in Public

Link to article in The New York Times:

16) Specialty License Plates May Not Last in North Carolina

Colorful tags under attack by DMV for lack of readability by cameras and officers.

Link to article in The Charlotte Observer:

17) California Public Employees Avoid Traffic Citations Due to Confidential Plates

Link to story on KTXL-TV:,0,1674413.story

18) Are Car Apps For Your Cell Phone a Smart Idea?

Link to article from Wheelbase Media:

News Releases

1) GO Transit Launches Passenger Charter and Promises Improved Customer Service

2) Victorian Government to Add CCTV Control Room as Part of Safety Effort

3) Welcome to Atlanta – Home of the World's Most Online Passengers

4) Optus Brings Real-Time Navigation with Live Traffic to Subscribers in Australia


- Request for Proposals – Wireless Internet Services Onboard Golden Gate Transit Buses – Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District


Item #2 in yesterday's TCN, 'China Tests World's First Unmanned Underground Transport System,' may not have been accurate, despite the text in article. Several TCN readers have written to say while this may be a first for China, unmanned systems are operating in other locations. Thank you for the clarifications.

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Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad opened a station in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The station continues to serve Amtrak and VRE passengers.

1975 **35th anniversary** The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior killing 29 people.


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