Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register Today for IBTTA’s Transportation Finance and Policy Summit ― July 17-19, 2011 in 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 speakers Beverley Swaim-Staley, Secretary, Maryland DOT and Jack Basso, Director of Program Finance and Management, AASHTO and Commissioner of the Maryland Transportation Authority; 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 www.IBTTA.org/BALTIMORE to view the brochure, register, and learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. To view IBTTA’s entire 2011 Education Series, click here.


1) High-Tech Van Mapping Out Rhode Island Bike Paths

Link to story and video on WJAR-TV:



2) MEPs Want More Money for Galileo R&D

Link to article on Europolitics:



3) Seattle Tunnel Foes Challenge Voter's Guide Wording

Link to article in The Seattle Times:



4) Court Hears Arguments in Case Requiring Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to Turn Over Employee E-ZPass Records

Link to article in The Patriot-News:



5) IATA Unveils New Airport Security Check Featuring Iris Scans, Information Chips in Passports

Link to AP article:


6) New Emergency Response System Cuts the Chatter in Texas

Link to article in Government Technology:


7) Emerging Technologies Applicable to Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:



8) OnStar China Gets 1 Million Calls in a Month

Link to article on autoevolution:



9) NJ Transit Taking Bids for Naming, Product-Advertising Rights to Its Facilities, Locomotives

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:


10) San Francisco Muni Cameras Cut Accident Rate by 50%, Agency Says

Link to article in The Examiner:


11) Guelph, Ontario Bus System to Receive State-of-the-Art Transit Technology Upgrades

Link to article in the Guelph Mercury:


12) Marin, California Transit Goes High-Tech with Customer-Friendly 'Real-Time' Program

Link to article in the Marin Independent Journal:



13) UK Highways Agency Signs Traffic Information Deal

Link to article in The Guardian:


14) Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Traffic Sensors and Cameras to Improve Accident Response Time

Link to article in The National:



15) Mog, Streaming Music Service, Syncs Up with Car Audio Manufacturers

Link to article in The New York Times:


16) Digital Radio Momentum Driving Upwards in Australia

Link to article on iTWire:


17) 'Talk and Tell' Could be Swell

Vehicles which can talk to each other and with infrastructure get closer to reality.

Link to blog in FleetOwner:


News Releases

1) Xentrans Designs World’s First 4G Mass Transit Deployment in Silicon Valley

2) Inrix Launches Real-Time Traffic Operations Site Providing Free Access to Departments of Transport and Agencies Across Europe

3) TomTom Delivers Real-Time Traffic Products for Belgium, France and the UK to Industry Partners

4) IBM Applies Analytics to City Operations; Helps Build Smarter Cities

5) Ford Crew Chief Telematics System Can Improve Fuel Economy by Up to 20% Through Better Fleet Management

6) TomTom Enables Greater Efficiency and Cost Savings for Governments and Enterprises with Custom Area Analysis

7) Help at Hand for Mishandled Bags as WorldTracer Goes Mobile

8) Intelligent Transport Systems and Services Showcased in Lyon

9) Red-Light Cameras Critical to Public Safety, University of Missouri Traffic Researcher Finds

10) Pioneer Selects Inrix Traffic for Voice-Controlled Web Services on New Zypr Platform

Job Postings

- Traffic Engineer-Safety Research – Westat – Rockville, Maryland

http://www.westat.com/jobs/ Job ID 4075BR

- Transportation Human Factors Project Director – Westat – Rockville, Maryland

http://www.westat.com/jobs/ Job ID 3877BR

- Senior Study Director for Transportation Safety on Impaired Driving – Westat – Rockville, Maryland

http://www.westat.com/jobs/ Job ID 3454BR

- Transportation Human Factors Research Associate – Westat – Rockville, Maryland

http://www.westat.com/jobs/ Job ID 3440BR

- Communications Administrator – Stark Area Regional Transit Authority – Canton, Ohio


- Community Relations Supervisor – Riverside Transit Agency – Riverside, California



- Request for Information – Statewide Traveler Information Service – Missouri Department of Transportation


Upcoming Events

Webinar: 2011 Enhancements to the ITS Knowledge Resources Websites: Improving Access to Information on ITS Benefits, Costs, Lessons Learned and Deployment – June 23


Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** Brooks Stevens, an industrial designer, was born. Stevens designed several transportation projects including the Skytop observation cars used on the Hiawatha passenger train, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, and the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.



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