Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, November 21, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Spirit Airlines Fined for Tweets, Ads

Link to article in The Hill:

Link to news release from US DOT:

2) Delta Takes Off with an Unconventional Approach to Customer Experience

Link to article in Forbes:

3) Rockwell Collins Helps Pave the Way for New Air Traffic System

Link to SourceMedia Group News article:

4) LAX CIO to Update Airport's IT Infrastructure

Link to article in Public CIO:


5) Bright Green Bicycle Lane in Los Angeles Aimed at Reducing Collisions and Helping Cyclists Feel Safer

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:,0,4835734.story


6) Navigating the World with Nokia Maps

Link to article in The Philippine Star:


7) Galileo Global Navigation System Will Change Operating Landscape for Fleets

Link to article in Fleet News:

8) TomTom's HD Traffic Service Looks to Change the Future of In-Car Portable GPS

Link to article in the Calgary Herald:

9) GPS Saves the World – But Who'll Save GPS?

Link to column in Wired:


10) Florida State Senator Calls Video on FDOT Website 'Horrific'

Link to story on WTSP-TV:


11) Neo-Nazi Group Adopts Delaware Roadway

Delaware DOT refuses to post organization's full name on signs.

Link to article in The News Journal:


12) Apps that Ease Motorists' Road Trips Also Raise Questions About Safety

Link to article in The Washington Post:

13) Ohio Considering 'Blue Alerts' for Crimes Against Cops

Link to story on WKSU Radio:

14) Indian-US Joint Venture to Produce Radar, Surveillance Systems

Link to article on

Link to news release from Mahindra:

15) US Department of Homeland Security Pushes Public Safety Network for Emergency Responders

Link to article on Nextgov:

16) More Police Departments Look to Block Radio Communications from Public

Link to AP article:

17) Afghanistan Has Big Plans for Biometric Data

All travelers arriving and departing from Kabul airport must have fingerprints scanned.

Link to article in The New York Times:


18) Chicago Transit System Gears Up for Fare Collection by Phone, Debit Card

Link to article on Transportation Nation:

19) GPS Tracking of OC Transpo Buses Behind Schedule

Link to article in The Ottawa Citizen:

20) Bus App for Blind Developed at University of Washington

Link to story on KING-TV:

Link to more information on OneBusAway:

21) Beer Ads Come to Light-Rail Trains in Phoenix Area

Link to article in the Phoenix Business Journal:

22) Boost in Users Call for Better Mobile Website for Boston T

Link to article in Metro Boston:


23) Mobile Apps to Help I-70 Travelers in Colorado Plan, Avoid Traffic

Link to article in the Summit Daily News:

Link to GoI70:


24) Honk if You Agree There is a Difference Between Free Speech and Noise

Link to article in The New York Times:

25) US DOT Releases Connected Vehicle Core System Baseline Documentation

Link to further information from US DOT:

News Releases

1) New Infiniti Connection to Launch on ATX's Connected Vehicle Platform

2) Rhode Island DOT Expanding Travel Time Information for the Holidays

3) Illinois Tollway to Debut Lodging and Attraction Guide in Time for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

4) Sierra Wireless and ACTIA Collaborate on Wireless Platform for Remote Vehicle Management and Emergency Services

5) Civil War Trust, Virginia DOT Debut Multimedia Smartphone Tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield

6) Operation Lifesaver Announces Winner of 'Bad Move' PSA Write Your Own Ending Contest

7) Spells Relief for Holiday Travelers on the East Coast

8) Aeroports de Paris Introduces the Automated Baggage Drop-off

9) Cofiroute USA Launches Consulting Division to Assist Public Agencies, Contractors, Others in Developing New Toll Roads, Converting HOV Lanes

10) Travelers Marketing Receives 2011-2012 National Roadway Safety Award for Innovative Public-Private Partnerships

Job Listings

- Manager, Media Relations – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – Washington, DC

- Public Transit Operations Coordinator – Fairfax County Government – Fairfax, Virginia

Upcoming Events

T3 Webinar: Introduction to Cyber Security Issues for Transportation – December 7

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** Eugene Reybold, who served as the Chief of Engineers for the US Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, died in Washington, DC.

1976 **35th anniversary** The song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot, hit #1 on the charts in Canada. Can you think of any other transportation-related hit songs?


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