Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Airlines Face Obligation in EU Proposal to Give Passenger Data

Link to Bloomberg article:

Link to news release from the EU:

2) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Replace Confusing Road Signs this Year

Link to article in The Arizona Republic:

3) Delta Sends Its 11,000 Agents to Charm School

Link to column in The Wall Street Journal:


4) Social Surveillance Yields Smarter Directions

Link to article in Technology Review:


5) US DOT E-rulemaking Pilot Project Encounters Minor Glitch

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

Link to Regulation Room:

6) Articles from January/February 2011 Edition of Public Roads

- Managing Traffic Operations During Adverse Weather Events

- Twisting Roads Still Spell Trouble

- Using GPR to Unearth Sensor Malfunctions

- Traffic Simulation Runs: How Many Needed?

- Pooling Talent and Technologies – University Transportation Centers


7) San Francisco Parking Meters to Alert Drivers When Spot is Open

Link to article in Government Technology:


8) TSA Tells Freedom of Information Act Requestor to Define 'Complaint'

Link to blog in The Examiner:


9) Fleet Management's Magic Box

Link to article in World Trade:


10) Three Toronto Transit Drivers to Lose Jobs for Texting While Driving

Link to article in the Toronto Sun:

11) Metro-North Drives Commuters to Frustration, and Back Again

Some riders say railroad's messages are not reflective of reality.

Link to article on New Canaan Patch:

12) Transit Agency Compliance with Title VI: Limited English Proficiency Requirements

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


13) Delaware DOT's 'War Room' Technology Helps Save Time, Money Throughout the Year

Link to article in The News Journal:

14) The 'Mega-Storm' Bears Down on the Nation – and Radio Gears Up

Link to article on

15) Webinar Recording: North American Traffic Technology Tour – Highlights from GEWI's 2010 Tech Demos

Link to recording via ITS America:

16) February Edition of Florida DOT's SunGuide Disseminator

Link to newsletter:


17) New Car Technology Tells Tailgaters to Back Off

Link to story and audio on NPR's All Things Considered:


18) Inside Storm Central for the Chicago Area

Link to article and video in the Chicago Sun-Times:

19) Weak Even Without Blizzard, Study Says

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

Link to report from Indeep 76:

News Releases

1) European Council Adopts Regulation on Rights of Bus and Coach Passengers, Including Information Updates

2) Registration Now Open for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems

3) FCC Announces Membership of the Emergency Response Interoperability Center Public Safety Advisory Committee

4) Lehigh University Launches Real-Time Bus Tracking Web Site

5) Telmap Introduces Multimodal Routing as Part of the European Commission's In-Time Project

6) Seattle DOT Launches Online Map to Show Potholes' Status

7) Healthy Demand Among Chinese Consumers for Integration of Apps in Cars

8) The iPhone Revolution Reaches Rail in an End to Ticket Office Queues in the UK

9) City of Melbourne, Australia to Examine New Parking Technology


- Call for Abstracts – 2011 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium

Upcoming Events

ITS Minnesota 17th Annual Meeting & Information Exchange – March 8 – St. Paul, Minnesota

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** Passengers aboard the Portuguese cruise ship Santa Maria were released following a hijacking.


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