Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

On April 1, The PBSJ Corporation and its PBS&J subsidiary company will be renamed Atkins. PBSJ operates as a national business of Atkins in North America following its acquisition in October. Atkins is the world's 11th largest design firm.

“The Atkins name is well known and highly respected through the United Kingdom and Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific and in key sectors such as energy,” states Robert J. Paulsen, former chairman and president of PBSJ Corp. and now president and regional managing director of Atkins North America. “We have maintained our focus on client service and our commitment to delivering technical excellence. Our teams are highly skilled and we are confident in our ability to augment our services by delivering Atkins’ international expertise locally through teams that understand the local requirements, practices, and culture. We continue to believe a local presence is essential to best serve many of our clients.”


1) New Technology Could Slash Airplane Delays

Link to CNET article:

2) Tampa International Airport Exploring Check-Ins by Smartphone

Link to story on Central Florida News 13:


3) How Google Street View is Killing the Competition

Link to blog on Tnooz:


4) New National Transportation Operations Coalition Briefing Sheets Available on Four Focus Areas

Link to NTOC briefing sheets:

5) iMobility Newsletter – March 2011

Link to newsletter from ERTICO:


6) Parking Data Aggregation: Interview with Parking in Motion

Link to audio interview in GPS Business News:


7) Los Angeles Metro to Launch Nation's First Major Public Transit Agency Spanish Language Blog

Link to article in The Source:


8) Cellphone App Helping Drive New Rideshare Program

Link to story and video on KING-TV:


9) New York MTA Installs Intercom System in Two Subway Stations to Connect Riders to Information, Emergency Services

Link to article in the Daily News:

Link to news release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority:


10) Microsoft, Toyota Team Up on Digital Auto Network

Link to Reuters article:

Link to news release from Toyota and Microsoft:


11) Utah Transit Authority to See Mobile Phone Payment System

Link to article in The Salt Lake Tribune:

12) Guangzhou's Remarkable Bus Rapid Transit System

Link to article on Earth & Industry:


13) Houston TranStar Facility Coordinates Emergency Response Across Harris County

Link to article in Emergency Management:

14) New Cameras on Springfield, Missouri Streets Signal Start of Updated Traffic Management Center

Link to story on KYTV-TV:


15) Better Pedestrian Detection Technology Needed in Autos: IIHS

Link to article in Canadian Underwriter:

Link to articles in Status Report:

16) ITS America Launches Connected Vehicle Technology Scan

Link to additional information from ITS America:

17) Pandora Loved by Many. They are Coming for Your Car

Link to article in Radio Ink:

News Releases

1) US DOT Announces Transportation Technology Video Challenge

2) SITA Launches Dedicated Air Transport Industry Cloud

3) Airside Mobile Gets Funding for Mobile Ads in Airports

4) Harris Corporation Completes Acquisition of Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services

5) just-auto Launches Qube, New Real-Time Intelligence Platform

6) CSX Uses Facebook to Gather Environmental Ideas, Reward Winners

7) Beat the Traffic Adds Key New Product Features for NAB 2011

8) Raytheon to Modernize Largest FAA Terminal Air Traffic Control Facilities

9) New Partnership to Facilitate Move Toward Global Aeronautical Information Management

10) Roaming Hunger App Tracks Gourmet Food Trucks

Upcoming Events

Interoperability and All-Electronic Toll Collection Workshop – May 15-17 – Plano, Texas

Today in Transportation History

1926 **85th anniversary** The first flight of what would become United Airlines was made from Pasco, Washington to Elko, Nevada.

1941 **70th anniversary** German forces invade Yugoslavia and Greece with Belgrade bombed by the Luftwaffe during World War II.


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