Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Debating New York Subway Map Form and Function

Link to blog on 2nd Ave. Sagas:


2) Feds Quick to Blame Massachusetts for Revenue Lost from FastLane

FHWA says Citizens Bank sponsorship can stay.

Link to article in the Boston Herald:


3) Russia Probes Navigation System Spending After Crash

Link to AFP article:


4) Iraq Looks to Buy Maritime Awareness Systems

Link to article in Defense Industry Daily:

Link to news release from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency:


5) Black Cab 'Oyster Card' Ends Worry of Finding Cash for Your Fare Home

Link to article in the London Evening Standard:


6) Flash Mob Promote Seattle DOT's Umbrellas for Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Link to story, audio and video on KIRO Radio:


7) ACLU Sues New Jersey for Keeping Road Salt Barn Plans Confidential

State says releasing plans would be a security risk.
Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

Link to news release from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey:


8) European Tech Firms Look Toward Payment-Equipped Cell Phones

Link to AFP article:,,6303182,00.html

9) Wireless Carriers Join Forces on Mobile Tap-to-Pay -- but Will It Fly?

Link to story on CNN:

10) Smile for London Uses Underground Art to Cheer Up Rush Hour

Link to story on Transportation Nation:

Link to Smile for London:


11) UK Traffic Radio Service Succumbs to Government Cuts

Link to article in The Guardian:

Link to Traffic Radio:

12) Beijing to Issue More Rigid Measures to Reduce Traffic Congestion

Steps include achieving full ITS coverage within the five ring roads.

Link to article in the People's Daily:

13) Waze: A People-Powered Mapping App is Finding Its Way

Link to article on DailyFinance:

14) Traffic and Transit Updates: How Do You Get Yours?

Toronto transit disruptions lead to angry messages on Twitter.

Link to CBC News story:


15) Thinking Cars Video Documentary to Debut on TV This Week

Link to further information and trailer:

16) IntelliDrive Mobility and Environment Workshop Presentations Available Online

Link to presentations:

News Releases

1) RITA and ITS America Invite Comments on Real-Time System Management Information Program

2) Salk International Debuts First 'Airport Transit Guide' App

3) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Offers New Touch-Screen Directories, Mobile Phone Application

4) PayPal Canada Launches 'Mall Traffic Reports' on Twitter

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Bringing Research to Deployment: Urban Energy Efficiency Pilots for Commercial Vehicles – December 10

Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** Donald Kirby Ross, the first person awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II was born in Beverly, Kansas. Ross distinguished himself by assuming responsibility for getting the USS Nevada underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the only battleship to do so during the attack.


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