Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

BlueTOAD™ On The Road

BlueTOAD by TrafficCast is the industry's leading Bluetooth™ traffic monitoring system. It accurately measures travel times, road speeds and route choice behaviors through anonymous detection of Bluetooth signals from mobile devices inside vehicles, and the vehicles themselves. BlueTOAD can work independent of local power and data connectivity, or installs directly in traffic signal cabinets. And the new Mini-BlueTOAD is perfect to collect data for studies, performance measures and before/after analysis.

And BlueTOAD is on the road. Distributors are showcasing the technologies at regional trade shows across the country, including ITS Maryland/Tri-Chapter September 14-15 in Hagerstown, Texas ITE in Garland on the 14-16, MASITE in Cape May, NJ on the 18-19, Tennessee ITS September 27-30 in Memphis, ITS-Midwest September 28-29 in Cincinnati, and ITS-Arizona on September 29 in Mesa and OTEC in Columbus October 25-26. And, of course, the ITS World Congress - Booth #1771 - in Orlando October 16–20. For more information on these and other shows where BlueTOAD will be hopping, visit


1) Bill to Restore BARR Provisions Introduced

Link to article on AOPA Online:

Link to news release from Rep. Mike Pompeo:

2) Airlines to Stream Video and Audio for Personal Devices

Link to article in USA Today:

Link to news release from Virgin America:

Link to news release from American Airlines:

3) Easing Congestion in the Middle East's Busy Skies Vital

Link to article in the Khaleej Times:


4) Chicago City Council Proposal: No Texting or Hand-Held Cell Calls for Bicyclists

Link to article in the Chicago Sun-Times:


5) Good Network Maps: Clear Without Color?

Link to blog on Human Transit:


6) TomTom CEO Says Growth in Live Traffic Services Remains Slow

Link to Bloomberg article:


7) Quebec to Release All Road Inspection Reports in 'Days'

Link to article in The Gazette:

8) Washington State Transportation Task Force Wants to Inform Public of How Transportation Affects Workforce

Link to Murrow News Service article:


9) Lieutenant Governor: Intelligent Signaling for Delhi Roads

Link to article in the Hindustan Times:


10) Telematics Driving Sustainability Goals, Says Trimble

Link to article on FleetNews:


11) DC Metro Relaunches Security Awareness Campaign

Link to article in The Washington Post:

12) BART's Media Manipulation Strategy

Link to article in The Bay Citizen:


13) Smartphones Help Korean Drivers Avoid Traffic Jams this Chuseok

Link to article in The Chosun Ilbo:


14) Technology Transforming Way Drivers Interact with Car, but Can't Yet Clear Traffic Jams or Drive Us Home Unaided

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

15) Roads Get Smart

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

16) Car Rental Gets Sexier via Mobile Apps and GPS Technology, Interest in Self-Service Grows

Link to article on Tnooz:

News Releases

1) ITS World Congress Live Demonstrations Announced – Will Showcase Cutting Edge Surface Transportation Technologies

2) ITS America Announces New Connected Vehicle Task Force Leadership

3) New Web Magazine About Traffic and Transportation in the Netherlands

4) Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center Announces 10 New Projects and Six New Partnerships with Leading Academic and Research Institutions

5) Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Acquires Eng-Wong, Taub & Associates

6) US Geological Survey Places Historical Map Collection Online

7) PACCAR Earns #1 Technology Ranking in InformationWeek Magazine

8) Iowa DOT Upgrades Public Access to Traffic-Management Cameras

9) Volvo IT Launch Redefines Carpooling

Upcoming Events

The Failure to Maintain Our Infrastructure – Who's Responsible for What? – September 20 – Brooklyn, New York

Today in Transportation History

1951 **60th anniversary** The largest oil refinery in Europe opened in Fawley on Southampton Water, UK.


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