Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, February 28, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

"Best of ITS" Awards Honor the Best and the Brightest: Nominate Your Practice, Service, Product or Application Today

One of the highlights of ITS America’s Annual Meeting is the "Best of ITS" Awards, which recognize organizations that have produced the most innovative products and services in the intelligent transportation systems industry. ITS America is excited to honor the best the industry has to offer and encourages ITS America members, including private corporations, research institutions and public agencies to showcase their best work by submitting a nomination by May 31, 2011. Winners will have the opportunity to have their work celebrated in front of thousands of transportation professionals and policymakers at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Orlando, Florida October 16-18. The nomination process is quick and easy! For a complete list of guidelines and more information on the awards program, please visit


1) FAA Sees Surge in Reports of Air Traffic Errors

Link to story on Fox News:

2) Agencies Spar Over Air Safety Data

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

3) FAA: NextGen to Guide You 'Gate-to-Gate'

Link to article on AOPA Online:


4) Edinburgh Cyclists Launch Interactive 'Innertube' Map

Link to story and video from BBC News:


5) Russia Launches Navigation System Satellite

Link to Reuters article:

6) Adirondacks Puzzle GPS

Link to article in the Times Union:

7) GLONASS Starts Operation on Vladivostok Municipal Transport

Link to Itar-Tass article:


8) Ghana to Get Vessel Traffic Management Information System

Link to article on Ghana Business News:


9) Research E-News from the Center for Transportation Studies – February 2011

- Traffic Planning in Response to Emergencies: Insights from the I-35W Bridge Collapse

- Improving Traffic Signal Timing Based on Approaching Speed and Density

- New Warning System Alerts Drivers at Limited-Sight Intersections

Link to newsletter:


10) Some Colorado Drivers Fed Up with Distracting Messages

Link to story and video on KUSA-TV:

11) Number of Traffic Lights on British Roads Up by 30%

Link to article in the Express & Star:


12) Plan Would Create SENTRI Lanes from US to Mexico

Participants undergo background check and use RFID card for quicker border crossings.

Link to article in the Nogales International:

13) Taiwan President Urges Monthly Safety Drills on Suhua Highway

Link to article in the Taipei Times:

14) Multiband Radios are Put to the NASCAR Test

Pilot program in Phoenix continues Department of Homeland Security project to help responders improve communications.

Link to article in Government Computer News:

15) US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Issues Final Rule Limiting Use of Electronic Devices

Link to notice from the Federal Register:

16) Have You Driven a Smart Phone Lately?

Link to commentary in The New York Times:

17) First Issue of The SOL eMagazine Online

Publication of SOL (Save Our Lives) Project for a comprehensive road safety strategy for Central Europe.

Link to magazine:


18) Problems for Sydney Bus Text Service

Link to article in The Sydney Morning Herald:

19) The Colorful Buses of Seoul

South Korean capital color-codes its buses to provide information on the type of service offered and where it's going.

Link to article in re:place:

20) Oregon's TriMet Misses the Bus on Social Media

Link to column in The Oregonian:

21) Honesty in Transit Marketing: Deliver on Your Promises

Link to blog on The City Fix:


22) Delhi Cops Think Big with Intelligent Traffic Management Plan

Link to article in The Times of India:

23) Traffic Cameras in Augusta, Georgia Area Will Go Public

Link to article in The Augusta Chronicle:

24) Traffic Forecasting: Does It Really Work?

Link to video on KING-TV:

25) Can Destination Apps Take the Place of Guidebooks?

Link to article in USA Today:


26) NHTSA Seeks to Delay In-Vehicle Camera Regulations

Link to article in The Detroit News:

27) The Future of the Connected Car

Link to article on Mashable:

28) Connected Cars – When Reality Supersedes Sci-Fi

Link to blog from BMW:

News Releases

1) Malaysia Airlines Allows Booking, Check-In and Sharing on Facebook Platform

2) South Africa Declares War on Road Accidents

3) Ford Announces European Launch of Sync in 2012

4) Ford Sync to be More Multilingual as Vocabulary Expands to Industry-Leading 19 Languages

5) Booz Allen Wins US DOT Contract to Support Intelligent Transportation Efforts

6) Sensis Adds Integrated Chat Functionality to Aerobahn's Collaborative Decision-Making Platform

7) Swiss Federal Railways Creates a Smarter Railroad with IBM and Alcatel-Lucent

8) Alcatel-Lucent and PowerTrunk Complete TETRA LMR Trial in US with NJ Transit

9) BMW Beats Ford Sync and GM OnStar to Top of New ABI Research OEM Telematics Vendor Matrix Ranking

10) Renault Trucks Now on iPhone and Android with Exclusive Heavy Duty Vehicle GPS and Location Device

11) Hyundai Signs Agreements with Vodafone to Develop Telematics Opportunities in Europe

12) Memorial Web Site for Minnesota Crash Victims Launches

Upcoming Events

Webinar: TISA – The Traveller Information Services Association – March 17

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** The Saarlouis, Germany tramway ended service.


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