Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, May 13, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057



AVIATION

1) Virgin Atlantic Tries In-flight Entertainment Social Network for Vtravelled

Link to article on Tnooz:

http://www.tnooz.com/2011/05/12/news/virgin-atlantic-tries-in-flight-entertainment-social-network-for-vtravelled

2) FAA: Controller Errors are Up Because TARP is Working

Link to blog in The Dallas Morning News:

http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/05/faa-controller-errors-are-up-b.html

OTHER

3) 'Snow Supremo' Needed in UK to Avert Winter Transport Chaos

Link to BBC News story and video:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13363738

PEDESTRIANS

4) Honolulu City Council Considers Gadget Bill

Proposal would ban using or holding mobile devices while crossing the street.

Link to article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/hawaiinews/20110512__Gadget_ban_clears_Council.html

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

5) Reagan, Clinton Star in Push for US Transportation Bill

Link to article in The Hill:

http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/highways-bridges-and-roads/160633-reagan-clinton-star-in-push-for-transportation-bill

ROADWAYS

6) Massachusetts Spending $22 Million on New Highway Signs

Link to story and video on WFXT-TV:

http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/undercover/state-spending-22m-on-signs-20110512

7) Road Repair Via Crowdsourcing

Link to article in Technology Review:

http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/37571/?nlid=4471&a=f

8) Traffic Technology International – April/May 2011

Link to magazine:

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/90aeec6e#/90aeec6e/1

SAFETY / SECURITY

9) Experts: Early Warnings Mitigated Japan Disaster

Alerts allowed trains to be slowed or stopped.

Link to AP article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h6tBLEAkJ_6o-UOJDVXSpRZbbXMw?docId=ba13f07d40454f3faa956cbdb2a46d01

TRANSIT

10) New York City Transit Riders Can Now Find Bus Arrival Times in Shop Windows

Link to story and video on NY1 News:

http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/transit/139009/transit-riders-can-now-find-bus-arrival-times-in-shop-windows/

11) Boston: Upwards of 1/3 of Riders Use Transit App Tools

Link to blog on Transportation Nation:

http://transportationnation.org/2011/05/13/boston-upwards-of-13-of-riders-use-transit-app-tools/

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

12) Edmond, Oklahoma Approves ITS for City

Link to article in The Edmond Sun:

http://www.edmondsun.com/local/x364975078/City-traffic-system-moves-forward

VEHICLES

13) Technology May Allow Drivers to Skip DMV Lines in Tennessee

Pilot project uses remote sensing to measure vehicle emissions.

Link to story on WSMV-TV:

http://www.wsmv.com/technology/27884732/detail.html

**CORRECTION**

The link was wrong for the first release in yesterday's TCN. Here is the corrected link:

US DOT to Test Connected Vehicle Technologies in Six Cities

Solicitation

- Call for Applications – European ITS Advisory Group – European Commission

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/its/road/action_plan/call_application_eiag_en.htm

Upcoming Events

Traffic Management and Work Zone Power Workshop – June 7-8 – Pittsburgh

http://www.workzonesafety.org/node/10974

Friday Bonus

If you thought airbags wouldn't help motorcyclists, you'd be wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX_YIr5CkDM

Today in Transportation History

1861 **150th anniversary** The first railway line in Pakistan was opened between Karachi and Kotri.

http://www.pakrail.com/page.php?pid=2

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