Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, February 17, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

BluFAX Real-Time Traffic Monitoring in Flagstaff

Traffax, Inc is pleased to announce that our BluFAX line of real-time Bluetooth-based traffic detectors have been deployed in the Flagstaff region to provide real-time traffic monitoring along US 180 provide travel times to destinations that include downtown Flagstaff and I-17 southbound from prominent origins such as the Arizona Snow Bowl and the Wing Mountain Recreation Area, as well as traveltimes via alternate routes.

Visit the Traffax website ( for the latest information on our BluFAX data collection units, BluSTATs Analysis Software, and BluFaxWeb. All BluFax sensors can be configured to support off-line data collection, remote data reporting, or realtime monitoring for travel time and origin-destination applications, in configurations suitable for short-term studies and permanent installations. Contact Traffax ( or our distributor ( in your region for more information or to arrange a free, interactive webinar.


1) On the Edge: Galileo to the Rescue

Link to article in GPS World:


2) Keep Moving: Transportation Reforms Beyond Revenue

Link to transcript of forum held by the Pioneer Institute and Northeastern University:


3) 'Fog Mode' Improving on Traffic Cameras

Cameras able to control stoplights more efficiently in the fog.

Link to story and video on KAKE-TV:


4) National Public Safety Broadband Network Eyed – Again

Link to article in Government Technology:

5) Hey ERIC, What's Wrong with Transit and Public Safety?

No mass transit representatives on FCC's Public Safety Advisory Committee.

Link to blog in Mass Transit:

6) Safe Highway Matters – Winter 2011

Link to newsletter:


7) Connecticut Commuters Rap Metro-North Service, Complain of Secrecy

Link to article in the Hartford Courant:,0,1799259.story

8) Bus GPS Data Will be Public, OC Transpo Chief Promises

Link to article in the Ottawa Citizen:

9) A Chat with Josh Crandall – Mr. Clever Commute

Service provides crowd-sourced transit updates.

Link to article on Montclair Patch:

Link to Clever Commute:


10) New Maryland Operations Center Will Help Manage Traffic and Transit Throughout DC Area

Link to article in The Washington Post:

11) Smarter Technology Needed to Alleviate Australian Traffic Pain: IBM

Link to article in Computerworld:

Link to news release from IBM:

12) The Fourth Element: Lawsuit Looms @ Crossroads of Broadcast, Mobile Traffic

Link to blog from Strategy Analytics:

News Releases

1) Maryland SHA Emergency Patrol Sponsorship Allows Expansion to Overnight Coverage

2) BNSF Launches Collaborative Online Supply Chain Forum

3) Los Angeles Metro to Employ a Range of Social Media Outreach for 'SR-710 Conversations' Community Meetings

4) WebTech Wireless' NextBus Intelligent Transportation System Sold to Conseil Intermunicipal de Transport Laurentides


- Request for Proposals – Knoxville Regional ITS Architecture Update and Strategic Deployment Plan – Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization

- Pre-Bid Meeting for the Toll Interoperability HUB RFP – March 8 – Washington, DC

Upcoming Events

Women's Transportation Seminar Annual Conference – May 18-20 – San Francisco

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** The first airmail delivery in the US, in a heavier-than-air aircraft and sanctioned by local postmasters, took-off, in Petaluma, California.


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