Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register Today for IBTTA’s Transportation Finance and Policy Summit ― July 17-19, Baltimore, MD

Hosted by the Maryland Transportation Authority, IBTTA’s Transportation Finance and Policy Summit will feature interactive sessions covering the full range of issues affecting transportation finance, policy and funding from the action of central banks and congressional reauthorization to regulations affecting TIFIA and other credit assistance programs. Meeting highlights include: featured lunch speaker Beverley Swaim-Staley, Secretary, Maryland DOT; technical tour of the new Intercounty Connector; ceremony recognizing Mary Turkington, Kansas Turnpike Authority Chairman, as an IBTTA Honorary Member; and evening event at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Orioles vs. Red Sox). Visit to view the brochure, register, and learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. To view IBTTA’s entire 2011 Education Series, click here.


1) FAA Administrator Offers Update on NextGen Progress and Safety Management Systems

Link to article on Aviation News Today:

2) Can the FAA be Trusted to Fix Air Traffic Control?

Link to article in Investor's Business Daily:

3) United Sorry for Reusing 9/11 Flight Numbers

Link to AP article:

Link to notice on Airline Route:

4) United Continental Starts Meshing Kiosks, Signs

Link to Bloomberg article:

Link to news release:,7056,68987,00.html


5) GPS Devices Being Given to Illegal Border Crosser Guides in Effort to Save Lives

Link to article in the Arizona Daily Star:

Link to news release from Robin Hoover:


6) Blogger Bob – TSA's Internet Mouthpiece

Link to interview on CNET News:

Link to The TSA Blog:


7) Amtrak Seeks Money for Track-Tampering Detection

Link to Gannett News Services article:


8) New App and Simulator Lets Bay Bridge Drivers Test Major Detour

Link to story and video on KGO-TV:

9) Florida Governor Defends Spending for Name on Signs

Link to story on WTXL-TV:

10) Little. Yellow. Dangerous

'Children at Play' signs imperil our kids.

Link to column in Slate:


11) Scrutiny Boosts Sales of DUI Checkpoint Apps

Link to article in USA Today:

12) US Border Agents to Snag Drug-Smuggling Jets with Canadian Military Radar

Link to article on Nextgov:


13) Police in Indonesia Tapping Into Technology to Get the Public Sympathy

Link to article in The Jakarta Post:

The Police's New Face


14) Automakers Try to Keep Buyers from Getting Honking Mad Over Their Car Horns

Link to article and video in USA Today:

15) Diabetic? Ford May Have an App for That

Link to article in The New York Times:

16) Articles from May 2011 Issue of Commercial Carrier Journal

- Unclogging Arteries – Technology Can Help Alleviate Choke Points for Truck Traffic

- Onboard Computers Using Workflow to Turn Data Into Action

- FirstFleet – Dedicated Hauler Uses IT to Do Many Things Extremely Well

News Releases

1) Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Revamps Web, Phone Traveler Info System

2) New Survey Finds Over Half of Companies Do Not Enforce Employee Cell Phone and Driving Policies

3) TrafficCast Releases Mini-BlueTOAD for Data Analysis of Travel Times and Route Behavior

4) White House Honors Utah Transit Authority CEO and ITS America Board Member John Inglish as 'Champion of Change'

5) Streetline Unveils Next Generation Smart Parking App Platform - Parker

6) TrafficAlert Mobile App Gives Media Companies a New Platform for Connecting with and Monetizing Customers

7) AAA Driver Safety Video Wins Two Tellys

Upcoming Events

11th Asia-Pacific ITS Forum and Exhibition – June 8-10 – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Today in Transportation History

1969 Apollo 10, the final Apollo flight before the first manned landing on the Moon, blasted off.


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