Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, April 25, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Illinois to Start Tracking Bicycle 'Dooring' Collisions

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:

2) Online Coupon Aids in DC Bikeshare's Dramatic Ascent

Link to blog on Transportation Nation:


3) Illinois Tollway to Allow Online Dispute of Violations

Link to article in The Beacon-News:


4) Personal Safety GPS Device Presents Security Risk

Link to article on CNET:

5) US Government Radio Navigation Plan Relies on GPS, with No Backup

Link to article on Nextgov:


6) Q&A with Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment

She discusses how The Netherlands will help India in the area of ITS.

Link to interview in the Business Standard:


7) San Francisco Officials Warn to Keep Eyes on Road, Not New Parking App

Link to article in The Examiner:


8) Traffic Safety Convoy to Raise Awareness on Road Accidents in Oman

Link to article in the Khaleej Times:


9) Travelers Using Technology Find that Trains Beat Planes

Link to Tribune Newspapers column:


10) Londoners See the Sign

Some of the UK's new road signs are "sloppily-designed."

Link to commentary in Auto Racing Daily:

11) Texas Transportation Institute Helps Spread the Word About New National Retroreflectivity Standards

Link to article in Texas Transportation Researcher:

12) Thinking Highways (Europe/RoW) – March/April 2011 Issue

Link to magazine:

13) Thinking Highways (North America) – March/April 2011 Issue

Link to magazine:


14) FEMA's Operating Systems Don't Communicate Effectively, Despite Major IT Investments

Link to article on Nextgov:


15) NJ Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Will Get Job Back

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

16) Web-Based Telematics Move Beyond Dispensing Data

Link to article in Metro:

17) Improving the Transportation Experience with Transit Apps

Link to story on Marketplace:

18) Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Rides Into the Future

BRTA is adding ITS technology.

Link to article in the Berkshire Eagle:

19) On Eve of Tragedy Anniversary, TriMet Launches 'Safety Dashboard'

Link to blog in The Oregonian:


20) Wichita, Kansas Roads Get Intelligent Traffic Monitors

Link to story and video on KAKE-TV


21) Hidden Peril; Cameras Could Save Hundreds of Children from Backover Accidents

Link to article in the Daily Herald:

22) Software Takes on More Tasks in Today's Cars

Link to blog in Wired:

23) Gas Apps to the Rescue

Link to blog on The Car Connection:

News Releases

1) OnStar Chooses Winning App in Developer Challenge

Job Postings

- Public Affairs Specialist – Research and Innovative Technology Administration – Washington, DC


- Request for Bids - Change Xenon Changeable Message Signs To LED – California Department of Transportation

Upcoming Events

MIT Summer Course: Discrete Choice Analysis – June 6-10

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** The first patent is issued for an integrated circuit.


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