Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, January 14, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Maryland Sues Federal Government Over Helicopter Crash

Suit claims air traffic controllers didn't provide adequate weather information and were distracted.

Link to AP article:

2) Poland Wants Cockpit Voice Recordings of Crashed Plane from Russia

Link to RIA Novosti article:

Link to story from Polskie Radio:

3) FCC Suspends Prohibition of 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters

Link to article on AVweb:

Link to FCC order:

4) Delta to Bring Call Center Jobs Back to US

Link to article on TheStreet:

5) Aircraft Must be Smart 'Swimmers' to Make NextGen Air Traffic Management Work

Link to article in Flight International:

Link to news release from Airbus:


6) Apps with Maps: 11 iPhone GPS Apps Compared

Link to article in Macworld:


7) 50 Terrific Transportation Blogs

Link to blog on


8) Crosswalk Marking Field Visibility Study

Link to report from FHWA:


9) Federal Railroad Administration Should Report on Risks to the Successful Implementation of Mandated Safety Technology

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:


10) New York Thruway Storm Nightmare Stirs Action by State

New guidelines include improved interagency communications and ways of communicating with travelers.

Link to article in The Buffalo News:


11) Police in US Turn to Drones for Domestic Surveillance

Link to article in USA Today:


12) NJ Transit Allows Web Domain Name to Expire, Causing Site to Disappear for Some

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:


13) Maine DOT Gets Data on Roads from All Kinds of Sources

Link to story and video on WLBZ-TV:

14) Tennessee DOT Commissioner Says Maps are Still Important Despite Smart Phones and GPS Devices

Link to AP article:,0,3667533.story


15) Toyota Tries to be More Entertaining

Link to article in The New York Times:

16) Technology Aids Bus Drivers on Narrow Shoulder Lanes

Link to article in UTC Spotlight:

News Releases

1) OnStar Looking for Application Developers of the Future

2) Jet Airways Takes the Next Step in Customer Innovation with Mobile Barcodes

3) DC Metro Provides Customers with Better Online Escalator and Elevator Status Information

4) Idaho 511 Sets Winter Record on Behalf of Drivers – and the Winter's Not Over

5) Sprint CEO Dan Hesse: Wireless Technology is Transforming Transportation

6) Telematics Enhance Driving Convenience


- Request for Proposal – 511 Web Services – Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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