Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, December 20, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Deadline Approaching to Submit Papers for the ITS World Congress in Orlando

ITS America is now inviting transportation researchers, practitioners, policy experts and other interested parties to submit a paper for consideration for presentation at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Annual Meeting convening October 16-20, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Papers must be submitted online no later than January 14, 2011. Paper presentations are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise, showcase research results, and advance ideas focused on ITS topics such as high-tech transit solutions, real-time traveler information, performance measurement, intermodal systems integration, advanced traffic management systems, commercial vehicle operations, electronic toll/fare collection, telematics, new consumer applications, and other ITS-related fields. The program committee is also seeking the most relevant and thought-provoking papers pertinent to the conference theme: Keeping the Economy Moving. For more information on paper topics or submission guidelines, please visit the World Congress website at or contact Nicole Oliphant of ITS America at or 202-721-4215.


1) UK Airports and Passengers Take to Twitter as Snow Disrupts British Flights

Link to article in The Telegraph:

2) Bangladesh Probes Porn Film Show on Airport Screen

Link to PTI article:

3) Simulated Trouble

Machine trains air traffic controllers to deal with snow, a flock of geese or worse situations.

Link to article in the Daily Pilot:

4) Fujitsu, Boeing to Develop Aircraft Tag System

Link to AFP article:

Link to news release from Fujitsu:


5) Traffic Camera 'Speed Traps' Worry Tennessee Lawmakers

Link to AP article:


6) Is Apple Building Its Own Navigation Service for iPhone?

Link to article in Business Insider:


7) UK Government Proposes New Tech for Coastguard

Proposals include networked maritime operations centers with improved systems to monitor ships.

Link to article on ZDNet UK:


8) A Fleeting History: Into the Ether

How technology has revolutionized the fleet industry.

Link to blog in Fleet News:

9) Facebook as Travel Guidebook?

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:


10) Mixed Signals for New York City Pedestrians

Link to story and audio on WNYC Radio:


11) Rock and Roads Brought Together to Promote Nebraska Department of Roads

Link to article in the Lincoln Journal Star:


12) WJLA-TV Reporter 'International Sensation' After Tweeting Amtrak Nightmare

Railroad criticized for lack of information.

Link to column in The Washington Post:

Link to Twitter feed:

13) Amtrak Apologizes for 'Communications Breakdown' that Lead to 11-Hour DC-New York Trip

Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:,0,67805.story

14) Lessons of MARC 538

'It's hard to believe that MARC service will ever improve until Amtrak and MARC employees adopt a greater concern for the well-being of their customers.'

Link to editorial in The Baltimore Sun:


15) Arizona DOT Tries to Secure Revenue from Logo Signs

Link to AP article:


16) The Postman Always Pings Twice

What if the US Postal Service's fleet of vehicles were equipped with sensors to collect and transmit information?

Link to commentary in The New York Times:


17) New York MTA Begins New Marketing Campaign

Link to article in The New York Times:


18) Webcast Recording Available for Real-Time System Information Final Rule

Link to further information from US DOT:

19) Graham Partners Buys Arizona Traffic Control Firm Eberle

Link to article in the Philadelphia Business Journal:

Link to news release:

20) More Road Traffic Information and Better Mobile Maps in Australia

Link to Google Australia blog:

News Releases

1) What Does Increased Technology Mean for Motorist Safety?

2) New Site Allows Travelers to Connect with Their Fellow Passengers

3) Nissan Leaf Cars Connected at All Times Through Telenor Connexion

**Bernie's Notes**

In Friday's newsletter I noted that I edit several other transportation-related newsletters. A number of you asked about those newsletters and how you can subscribe. Several are free and available to anyone who wishes to sign-up. They include the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update, and TransCentral from Sam Schwartz Engineering. The AASHTO DTU is a daily that has general transportation news from the US. TransCentral is a weekly with regional transportation news from New York, Chicago, DC and Florida. You can click on the links to subscribe.

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Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** The Servicio de Aviación Militar de Chile, forerunner to the Chilean Air Force, was founded.


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