Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, July 11, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

The Transportation Communications Newsletter & Social Media

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1) Memphis a Proving Ground for FAA's New Air Traffic Control System

Link to article in The Commercial Appeal:

2) GOP: FAA Should Use More Private Resources for NextGen

Link to article in The Hill:

3) Iridium Offers New Air-Traffic Service

Link to article from The Wall Street Journal:

Link to news release from Iridium:


4) Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa Voices Support for User-Pays Principle

Link to article in Engineering News:

5) US Army Transportation School Uses 'Smart' Training

Link to article on

6) Technology May Soon Change Meaning of 'Drive Time'

Link to commentary in The Patriot Ledger:

7) Traffic Technology International – June/July 2011

Link to magazine:

8) SunGuide Disseminator – July 2011

Link to newsletter from the Florida Department of Transportation:


9) The Ups and Downs of Meter Rates

First results in from San Francisco's SFpark parking-management program.

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

10) Portland, Oregon Will Test Pay-by-Phone Street Parking Starting in August

Link to article in The Oregonian:


11) 'Move Over' Rule to be Touted in California Traffic Safety Campaign

Link to article in The Sacramento Bee:

12) Winnipeg Stadium Traffic Plan 'Clouded in Secrecy'

Link to article in the Winnipeg Free Press:


13) Suppliers Prep Wayside Components to Cover the Dark Territory and Trackside Monitoring Aspects of Positive Train Control

Link to article in Progressive Railroading:


14) Worries About Boston Tunnel Lights Were Kept in the Dark

Engineers knew corroded tunnel fixtures could signify real danger, but they moved slowly, secretly.

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

15) Massachusetts Lawmakers Seek to Query Transportation Head About Agency Secretiveness

Link to article in The Boston Globe:


16) Distracted-Driving Programs Show Success

Link to article in USA Today:

Link to news release from US DOT:

17) FEMA and FCC Commit to More Training Before Implementing Emergency Mobile Alerts

Link to article on Nextgov:


18) Talking to Your Car Not so Farfetched with Telematics Options

Link to column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:


19) App Designed to Make Travel by Public Transit Easier

Link to article on Gizmag:

Link to further information from the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems:

20) Toronto Transit Commission Launches Real-Time Vehicle-Tracking System for Buses

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

Link to news release from the TTC:

21) DC Metro's Model Riders are Really Models

Link to article in The Examiner:

22) Social Media's Influence on Public Transit

Link to blog on Human Transit:


23) Kentucky Speedway Officials Vow to Improve Traffic Conditions

Link to story and video on WLKY-TV:

Link to statement from the Kentucky Speedway:

24) California DOT Gets High-Tech for 'Carmageddon'

Link to story and video on KABC-TV:

25) Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to Launch Latest Traffic, Flood Updating Program

Link to article in the Sun.Star:

26) Colorado Signs Display Travel Times

Vehicle transponders help compute the estimates.

Link to article in The Gazette:

27) Southampton, UK's CCTV Control Center to Move

Officials hope to find a private firm to run the service.

Link to article in the Daily Echo:


28) Ford Wins a Rare Corporate Foothold on Google+

Link to article on CNET:

29) Designing Intelligence Into the Car – On Demand Webinar

Link to view webinar from EE Times:

News Releases

1) New York MTA Launches Competition for Best Transportation-Related Apps

2) Ford Trials Complimentary Live Operator Assistance for Sync Services; Free Business Search and Address Entry Support

3) Streetline Launches Smart Parking Program for New Brunswick, New Jersey

4) European Traffic Information is Available Free on the ViaMichelin Website, the iPhone and the iPad

5) Avery Dennison Launches Retroreflectivity Compliance Kit

Upcoming Events

7th International ASME/IEEE Conference on Mechatronics and Embedded Systems and Applications – August 28-31 – Washington, DC

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** The Federal Express derailed in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Fourteen people died. The St. Louis Cardinals were traveling on the train and were credited with saving many lives.,0,2471871,full.story

1911 **100th anniversary** Construction began on California's Santa Maria Valley Railroad.

1936 **75th anniversary** The Triborough Bridge opened. The bridge connects the New York City boroughs of Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan.


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