Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Attend IBTTA's Facilities Management and Maintenance Workshop, October 23-25, 2011 in Nashville, TN

IBTTA's Facilities Management and Maintenance Workshop will explore challenges and solutions to operating a toll facility. Topics range from emergency management, performance measurement and bridge restoration to safety, design and toll collection in an AET environment. This meeting is ideal for toll industry professionals with an interest in maintenance, operations, security, technology, engineering, design. Arrive a day early and take part in IBTTA’s Community Service Project — Waterway Clean Up. On Sun., October 23, attendees will have the opportunity to assist Nashville’s flood recovery by participating in a special waterway clean-up project aimed at unclogging the natural water flow by removing trash and debris from a local waterway and its neighboring banks. Visit to view the preliminary brochure, register, and learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Register by October 7, 2011.


1) Appeals Court Says American Flights Stay on Orbitz

Link to AP article:

2) Orlando International Airport to Add More Passenger Info Reps

Link to article in the Orlando Sentinel:


3) Transportation GIS Trends – Summer 2010

Link to newsletter from Esri:


4) CityMove & CityLog Newsletter – September 2011

Link to newsletter:


5) Public Engagement in Facebook: Exploring Vancouver, British Columbia's Transportation Future

Link to blog on America Speaks:


6) Albuquerque to Spend $1 Million Taking Pictures of Every Sign in City

Link to story and video on KASA-TV:

7) Interview with Dr. Josef Fiala, Managing Director of the ASFINAG Service GmbH

Link to interview from ERTICO:


8) Toyota to Partner with Universities for Crash-Reduction Studies

Link to article on Online Auto Insurance News

9) For IndyCar Race Baltimore Put Situational Awareness in Top Gear

Link to article in Government Technology:

10) DVD Shows the Dangers of Driving on Rural Roads

Link to story on Radio Iowa:

11) North Carolina DMV Publishes Forms for Teen Driving Logs

Link to article in The News & Observer:

12) 140 Inaccurate Characters: Social Media and Disasters

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:


13) OnStar Insists It's Not Spying as Privacy Concerns Mount

Link to article in Edmunds Inside Line:


14) Port Authority of Allegheny County Looks to Improve Customer Service

Plans to add customer service representatives and interactive phone system.

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

15) Some New York City Subway Stations to Get Cell Service Next Week

Link to article in the New York Post:

16) Ads on Transit Systems Protesting US Aid to Israel Cause Stir

Link to article in The Daily Star:


17) iPhone App Shows Traffic Updates in Metro Manila

Link to article in the Mania Standard Today:

18) Navigating the Garden State: On the Radio

Link to blog on Cranford Patch:


19) Megaloads' Movements Through Montana Aren't Easily Tracked

Link to article in the Missoulian:

20) While Assailing Driving Distractions, Automakers Pack in Tempting Gadgets

Link to article on FairWarning:

21) Prius' Artificial Engine Noise Demonstrated, Explained

Link to article and video on CNET:

News Releases

1) US DOT Partnering with Creators of Chuggington on Nationwide Traffic Safety Campaign for Kids

2) Rhode Island DOT Publishes New Statewide Bike Map

3) International Civil Aviation Organization and Industry Join Forces to Shape the Future of Air Navigation System

4) Akron-Canton Airport Launches New, Innovative, Customer-centric Website

5) MyGoFlight Introduces the First Flight Bags Designed for the 'Paperless' Cockpit

6) Georgia Tech, Tecnológico de Monterrey Open Trade and Logistics Center in Mexico City

7) FCC Moves Ahead on Efforts to Prioritize 911 Calls and Enable Consumers to Send Text, Photos, Video and Data to 911 Call Centers During Emergencies

8) State, National Highway Safety Experts Meet in Cincinnati

9) Nuance Gives Voice to Waze App for iPhone and Android

10) Nuance Powers Safer, Smarter In-Car Connectivity for Leading German Carmaker

Upcoming Events

ITS Midwest Annual Meeting – September 28-29 – Covington, Kentucky

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** The Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation in interstate bus transportation.


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