Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, January 27, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

The 2011 NRITS Call-for-Abstracts deadline is rapidly approaching!

The 2011 National Rural ITS Conference Planning committee would like to invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference August 28-31, 2011 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. All abstracts must be received by Monday, February 14, 2011 and authors should take care to ensure that abstracts submitted follow the guidelines. In addition to several general sessions, we are also planning a specialized Transit Track and Public Safety Track.


1) FAA Suggests Markings for Meteorological Towers

Link to article on AVweb:

2) US Transportation Secretary: Airlines Should Use Tax Savings to Invest in NextGen Equipment

Link to blog in The Dallas Morning News:

3) Travel is Going Social, Will Business Aviation Follow?

Link to blog in Forbes:


4) Florida Judge Orders Kenneth City, ATS to Turn Over Names of Red Light Violators to Newspaper

Link to article in the St. Petersburg Times:


5) Cell Phones Paying Tolls?

Link to article in TOLLROADSnews:


6) Satellite Device Guides Special Needs Pupils to Edinburgh Schools

Link to BBC News story:

7) Consumers Wary of Location-Based Services

Link to article in Inc.:

Link to further information from Microsoft:


8) GPS Jamming and Its Impact on Maritime Safety

Link to article in Port Technology International:


9) Inside Philadelphia's Snow Emergency Response

Link to article in Governing:

10) Connected Transportation – Vehicles, Passengers, Cameras

Link to article in Mass Transit:

11) Winter 201 Issue of Sensor Newsletter

- SMART-Signal Targets Improved Arterial Intersection Performance

- Study Shows Relationship Between Technology, Public Policy


12) China Launches Its First Parking Spot Search Engine

Link to article in the People's Daily:

Link to Nestca:


13) Automation Association Forms Group to Focus on Rail Industry Technologies

Link to article in Progressive Railroading:

Link to news release from ODVA:


14) I-35 Advisory Group in Texas Makes Recommendations for Operational Improvements

Suggestions include smart phone applications, electronic signs and on-board communication systems with updated traffic information.

Link to story and video on KXAN-TV:

Link to report:

15) Framework for a National Database System for Maintenance Actions on Highway Bridges

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


16) San Bruno Pipeline Fire: NTSB Chair Rips Pacific Gas and Electric's Records

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

17) Proceedings from 2010 National Summit for Rural Traffic Safety Culture Available

Link to further information:


18) Transit Tech

A look at five Internet-assisted programs aided by Toronto's open data program.

Link to article in Now:


19) First Stage of Automated Traffic Management System in Kiev to be Launched in Autumn, Say Kiev Authorities

Link to Interfax article:

20) An Integrated Study of Road Capacity at Denali National Park

Link to article in Park Science:


21) Hey Kid! Here Comes the Drivable iPhone

Link to article on CNNMoney:

News Releases

1) NTSB Chairman Discusses the Future of Transportation Safety

2) Automated Valet Feature Integrates with Flight Database and Airport Valet

3) Navigon Smart Phone Navigation Apps Now Route Around Traffic on Local and Inner City Roads

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) State of the Practice Assessments – February 9

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** Soviet submarine S-80 sank in the Barents Sea when it flooded. All 68 people aboard were killed.


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