Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, March 25, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

The 2011 International Transportation Economic Development Conference will be the fourth international conference to concentrate on the link between transportation and economic development. Held May 1-3, 2011 in Charleston, West Virginia, this conference will focus on issues and challenges related to the economy, global concerns and financial constraints. It will feature national transportation and economic leaders including US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. In addition, over 50 national and international speakers will present in 16 separate technical sessions throughout the 2½ day conference. Registration is only$250.00 (special discounts are available for students) through Monday, April 4th. Go to or contact our conference planning staff at Meetings Northwest (866-633-8110) to learn more.


1) FAA Orders Nationwide Review of Air Traffic Control System

Link to Bloomberg article:

Link to FAA statement:

2) Controller's Mistake at Reagan Airport Shows Safety Plans Worked

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:

3) The In-Flight Phone is Making a Comeback

Link to article in Time:

Link to news release from Aircell:

4) Community College of Baltimore County Uses Simulators to Teach Future Air Traffic Controllers

Link to story and video on WMAR-TV:

5) Airport Magazine – February/March 2011

Technology – How new technologies are making airports more productive.

Link to magazine:


6) ERTICO Interviews Gzim Ocakoglu, EC DG Transport and Mobility (DG MOVE)

Link to interview:

7) On a Tech Drive

India needs to focus on more innovative ways to implement IT for applications other than electronic toll collection in order to fully exploit the benefits of ITS.

Link to commentary in Express Computer:


8) Creative Marketing Gives Taiwan Railway New Life: Official

Link to Central News Agency article:


9) Virginia Seeks Sponsorships for Highway Rest Stops

Link to article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Link to news release:

10) Illinois Tollway Trucks Will Bring Assistance, Advertising

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,267897.story


11) Young Entrepreneur Creates Speedbump Safe Driving App

Link to article in USA Today:

Link to further information:


12) Tracking Fleet Proves Problematic

Fleet managers require better decision-support software if they are to realize the full potential of ITS.

Link to article in Government News:


13) DC Metro to Add More Cameras to Station Entrances

Link to article in The Examiner

14) Deprivation Study Finds Access to Real-Time Mobile Information Could Raise the Status of Public Transit

Link to further information from Latitude Research:


15) Virginia Nerve Center Always Ready for Emergencies

Joint operations center allows Virginia DOT, State Police and 911 call center to coordinate under one roof.

Link to article on Reston Patch:


16) Putting the Company in the Cab

Modern truck technology has evolved from a century-long quest for greater control and visibility of drivers.

Link to article in Commercial Carrier Journal:

17) Check My Ride is a Social Network for Cars

Link to column in Wired:

News Releases

1) Northern European Air Navigation Service Providers Take a Historic Step Towards Formal Alliance

2) Garmin Announces the Future of Avionics

3) The 8th European Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services in Lyon has Sold Out

4) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Launches Online Database of Hazardous Materials Incident Reports

5) FAA Installs 150th Alaska Weather Camera to Promote Safer Skies

6) New York MTA Bridges and Tunnels Gives Motorists Real Travel Time Information via New Electronic Roadway Signs, Web and Smartphone Tools

Job Postings

- Director, Office of Transit Safety and Security – Federal Transit Administration – Washington, DC

- Director, Office of Transit Programs – Federal Transit Administration – Washington, DC

Upcoming Events

18th Annual Airfield Safety, Sign Systems & Maintenance Management Workshop – May 22-24 – Seattle

Friday Bonus

Usually I don't recommend specific products in the TCN, but for this car I'm going to make an exception.

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** The USSR launched Korabl-Sputnik 5 with Zvyozdochka, a dog, onboard. This was the last test flight before the first manned flight.


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