Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 1, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Technology Can Help Persian Gulf Air Carriers

Link to article in Gulf News:

2) Decoding Automation Before It Derails Your Flight

Link to article in FAA Safety Briefing:


3) Florida Cyclists Using Social Media to Get Traffic Information

Link to story and video on Bay News 9:

4) Musical GPS Lets You Steer Your Bike Without Looking at a Screen

Link to blog and videos on Grist:


5) Cruise Control? Charleston, South Carolina Port Officials Say New Billboard is Bad for Business

Link to story and video on WCIV-TV:


6) ITS United Kingdom Holds Manchester Launch for Inclusive Mobility Interest Group

Link to article from ERTICO:

7) Q&A with Seattle Traffic Reporter, Jenni Hogan, Twitter's Top Local TV Journalist

Link to interview on Lost Remote:


8) More of Texas DOT's High-Tech Sensors Could be Coming to Midland

Link to story and video on KWES-TV:


9) Social Media Brings New Capacities and Liabilities to Crises

Link to article on Nextgov:


10) OnStar for All Who Have the Wherewithal

Link to article in The New York Times:


11) Texas DOT Launches New GIS-Based Overweight Load Permitting System

Link to article in Heavy Duty Trucking:

Link to additional information on TxPROS:

12) Faster? Shorter? Try Cheaper, Greener

Program gives drivers the most fuel-efficient route.

Link to article in GPS World:

13) Connected Cars: The Fine Line Between Innovation and Distraction

Link to blog on Mashable:

News Releases

1) Vermont Agency of Transportation Enhances Public Information Through Google Maps

2) ITS Australia Appoints Transport and Logistics Executive Susan Harris as CEO

3) As School Year Begins, Operation Lifesaver Issues School Bus Safety Route Reminder

4) Grand River Transit to Benefit from Technology Investments

5) Michigan DOT Offers Traffic Information Online for Game-Day Travelers

6) Prepare for Labor Day Travel with Florida 511

Job Postings

- Business Development Executive – RouteMatch Software – Atlanta, Georgia

- Director of Marketing and Community Partnerships – Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority – Des Moines, Iowa

Upcoming Events

17th Annual Central Europe/North America Airport Issues Conference – October 10-12 – Krakow, Poland

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** Bradford Lee Gilbert, an architect who designed a number of railroad stations, including an earlier version of Grand Central Station, died in Accord, New York.


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