Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, March 24, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Tower at Reagan National Goes Silent as Planes Attempt to Land

Link to article and video in The Washington Post:

Link to statement from the FAA administrator:

Link to news release from the NTSB:


2) BlackBerry Backpedals on DUI Checkpoint Apps

Link to article in USA Today:

3) Florida Lawmakers on Board with Ads on School Buses

Link to article from The News Service of Florida:


4) Positive Train Control on Track for 2015

Link to commentary in Mass Transit:


5) Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Told Late of Tunnel Light Collapse

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

6) Delaware Bill Would Post Missing Person Alerts on Highway Signs

Link to article in the Dover Post:

7) Pennsylvania Turnpike Toll Plazas Will Soon Offer Tickets with Fares Printed on Them Again

Link to article in The Patriot-News:


8) Taiwan Eyes Telematics Business Derived from EU Navigation Satellite Galileo

Link to article on DigiTimes:


9) Grand Jury Critical of San Diego Coaster Emergency System

Link to article in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

10) Simple Signs Make Riding BART Easier

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle: (Thursday)

11) Singapore Integrates Analytics in Land Transport

Link to article in FutureGov:

12) Busting Fare Jumpers with Cellphones

Link to article in Mass Transit:

13) Maryland Launches Interactive Voice Response Option for Paratransit Service

Link to article in Metro:

14) Text Alerts Now Coming Quicker for Boston Commuter Rail Riders

Link to blog in the Boston Herald:

15) Tech Solutions for Transit Emerge at TransportationCamp West

Link to Streetsblog San Francisco:


16) New Ohio DOT System Puts More Eyes on Roads

Link to story and video on WKYC-TV:

17) Ho Chi Minh City to Build Vietnam's Biggest Traffic Control Center

Link to article in Thinking Highways:,E8A5,2JG1LC,14U1Q,1


18) Solution to California DMV Wait Times?

New phone app provides wait times and directions to DMV offices.

Link to story on WTKR-TV:,0,4135791.story

News Releases

1) Milan, Italy Transport Agency Employs Scala-Powered Digital Signage to Jump-Start Its Renewal Project

2) The #1 Fun Way to Pay for Parking – Introducing the CallToPark App for iPhone

3) Connecticut TV Station WTNH Launches 'W82TXT'

4) Wisconsin DOT Now Offering Twitter Updates on Traffic Incidents Statewide

Job Postings

- Bilingual (Mandarin) Software Engineer – Sensys Networks – Berkeley, California

- Systems Engineer – Sensys Networks – Berkeley, California


- Call for Nominations – National Roadway Safety Awards – US DOT & Roadway Safety Foundation

Upcoming Events

IEEE 73rd Vehicular Technology Conference – May 15-18 – Budapest

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** Roger Sommer carried 13 passengers, a new record, in a plane during a flight in Mouzon, France.


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