Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

ITS America seeking session topics and tech demos for the 18th World Congress on ITS

Have an idea for a session or want to showcase your latest technology solution at the upcoming World Congress on ITS? Time is running out to help shape this year's program covering the latest technology innovations, policy issues and transportation research. More than 10,000 industry leaders, policymakers and practitioners from across the globe will convene in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 16-20, 2011, for the 18th World Congress and ITS America Annual Meeting. To submit a session proposal, please e-mail a title and brief paragraph description as well as proposed speakers or moderators to Nicole Oliphant at To participate in our Technology Showcase — the biggest and most innovative test site for advanced transportation technologies - please e-mail Dan Hering for an application form at Applications can be submitted no later than Feb. 1. For more information, visit the World Congress website at


1) Technologies Aid Dulles International Airport Air Traffic Controllers

Link to article in Government Technology:

2) Jet2 Turns Off Twitter Account, Highlights Reality of Social Media

Link to article on Tnooz:


3) Utah DOT Aims to Increase Express Lane Revenue

Link to article in the Standard-Examiner:


4) European Commission: Complete Galileo

Link to article in Aviation Week:


5) Port of Terrebonne, Louisiana to Begin Tracking Vessels

Link to article in the Daily Comet:


6) Portable Devices Linked to US Pedestrian Death Spike

Link to AFP article:


7) Highway Officials Take Road Needs to Social Media

Link to article in The Journal of Commerce:

Link to news release from AASHTO:

8) Minnesota DOT Holds Public Hearing via the Internet

Link to story and video on KEYC-TV:

9) Government Execs Discuss Strategies for Updating Social Media Accounts

Link to article in Government Technology:


10) Amtrak E-mail Misuse Alleged in IG Scandal

Link to article in the National Journal:


11) Georgia DOT Says It is Committed to Learning from Storm Mistakes

Enhancing coordination with local jurisdictions one area being looked at.

Link to article in the Gwinnett Daily Post:


12) FEMA Chief Taps Social Media's Potential for Aiding Disaster Response

Link to article on Nextgov:

13) T-Mobile Launches Child Tracking and App that Blocks Text-While-Driving

Link to article on GPS Business News:


14) Seattle Transit Agency in Federal Court, Accused of Censorship

Link to Reuters article:

15) Sochi, Russia Transport Workers Prepare to Greet Visitors in English in Preparation for Winter Olympics

Link to Itar-Tass article:

16) St. Albert Transit Riders Look to the Sky for the Next Bus

Link to article in the Edmonton Journal:

17) An Animated Map of Auckland's Public Transport Network

Link to article and video on Sciblogs:


18) GM Daewoo to Change Name, Sell Under Chevy Brand

Link to AP article:

News Releases

1) GEWI Powers the TMC Traffic Service for M3Asia's Latest Papago! Navigation Software – Reality 7

2) TTI Releases Urban Mobility Report – Economic Recovery Bringing Renewed Congestion Growth

3) Federal Railroad Administration Issues Guidance for Improving Safety at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings and Preventing Railroad Trespassing

4) See More Views with the New Google Maps Widget

5) Raytheon to Open GIS Collaboration Center in Southern California

6) US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Distracted Driving

Upcoming Events

Mid-America Trucking Show – March 31-April 2 – Louisville, Kentucky

Today in Transportation History

1811 **200th anniversary** Samuel Keefer, first chief engineer of the Board of Public Works of the Province of Canada and builder of the country's first suspension bridge and railway tunnel, was born in Thorold, Ontario.


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