Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, October 3, 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) Airlines Want Satellite-Aided Airport Approaches

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

2) Modernization of Air Navigation Equipment in Croatia Takes Off

Link to article on Business News:

3) Behind the Scenes at LAX

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

4) Passenger Connectivity on Flights – What Do Travelers REALLY Want?

Link to article on Tnooz:


5) Costa Rica to Add More Traffic Cameras; Banks Cash in on Special Traffic Camera Ticket Loans

Link to article on InsideCostaRica:


6) The World's Best Subway Maps

Link to blog in The Atlantic:


7) 'Russian GPS' Nears Completion with Successful Launch

Link to Reuters article:


8) Can Smartphones Help Stop Illegal Fishing in California?

Link to article in Government Technology:


9) ERTICO's iMobility Newsletter – September 2011

Link to newsletter:

10) Report: ITS in the Netherlands

Link to report from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment: (summary in Dutch, report in English)


11) App Helps Drivers Find and Compare Parking Spots

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:


12) London Gets 'Kosher' Pedestrian Crossing

Crossing near synagogue won't require pushing button on Shabbat.

Link to article on Ynet:,7340,L-4129964,00.html


13) European Rail Traffic Management System Testing Begins in Poland

Link to article in the International Railway Journal:


14) Operational and Institutional Agreements That Facilitate Regional Traffic Signal Operations

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


15) University of Nevada, Las Vegas Researcher Wants to Drive You to Distraction

Link to article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

16) New Arkansas Laws Restrict Cellphone Use Near Schools and in Work Zones

Link to article in the Times Record:

17) Intertraffic Traffic Safety Expo Opens in Delhi

Link to article on Wheels Unplugged:


18) Does the Telematics Industry Need System Integrators?

Link to article in Telematics Update:


19) Toronto Transit Commission Ready to Talk Cell Service

Link to article in the Toronto Star:

20) Electronic Bus-Tracking Signs en Route to Chicago Transit Authority Shelters

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:

Link to further information from the CTA:

21) The Case of the Disappearing Shanghai Subway Apology

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:


22) Edmonton to be First North American City to Install Traffic Management System

Link to article in the Edmonton Journal:


23) MirrorLink Tries to Ensure Phones, Apps and Cars Play Together

Link to article in USA Today:

24) GM Unveils Cheap Collision Warning System

Link to article in Motor Trend:

News Releases

1) Noblis Awarded $350 Million Contract to Support the FAA's Air Traffic Control Communications Enterprise

2) Michigan DOT Puts Traffic Info Online to Help Tiger Fans Headed to Comerica Park

3) Seattle DOT Provides Real-Time Bus Arrival Information via TV in Macy's Window

4) Smart Parking App Uses Real-Time and Historical Data to Help Pittsburgh Drivers Find Parking

5) Bahrain's General Organisation of Sea Ports Takes Charge of Vessel Traffic Management System


- Call for Abstracts – National Transportation Workforce Summit – Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Upcoming Events

Introductory Webinar: EnableATIS – October 12

Today in Transportation History

1936 **75th anniversary** The Goddard L section A rocket was tested for the first time. It reached a height of approximately 200 feet.


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