Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, December 19, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


BICYCLES

1) A Measure of Bicycling Impact on Your Community … Media Attention and Business Generation

Link to blog on Bikeable Communities:

http://bikeablecommunities.org/2011/12/18/a-measure-of-bicycling-impact-on-your-community-media-attention-and-business-generation/

CAMERAS

2) Ireland's National Roads Authority Plans to Install Dozens of Cameras to Get Real-Time Speed Data

Link to article in the Irish Independent:

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/big-brother-fears-over-cameras-on-motorways-2967308.html

3) Times-Picayune Appeals to Louisiana Supreme Court to Get List of Traffic-Camera Scofflaws

Link to article in The Times-Picayune:

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/12/times-picayunes_attempt_to_get.html

ELECTRONIC TOLLING

4) New North Carolina Toll Road Causing Out-of-State Confusion

Transponders aren't compatible with E-ZPass.

Link to story on WTVD-TV:

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/troubleshooter&id=8472671

GPS / NAVIGATION

5) Next Wave of GPS Promises Stronger Signals

Link to AP article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hbTXL7NqKDXO6XGPq7I8vzquhXng?docId=fe39d616c0b14fe28bf51d25f7b9e7e2

OTHER

6) A European Vision for Passengers: Communication on Passenger Rights in All Transport Modes

Link to communication from the European Commission:

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passengers/doc/comm-2011-898-european-vision-passengers_en.pdf

7) Articles on DutchMobility.com

- Road Users in North Holland to Get Travel Times Comparing Public Transport and Driving via Signs

http://www.dutchmobility.com/714/drips-with-traffic-and-public-transport-information-in-north-holland/

- A Quarter of All One-Way Trips on Belgium's De Lijn are Purchased via SMS

http://www.dutchmobility.com/707/a-quarter-of-all-one-way-trips-on-de-lijn-are-purchased-via-sms/

8) Five Transportation-Related Topics Were Top New York City Google Searches in 2011

Link to article on The Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/nycs-top-2011-google-searches_n_1152126.html

PARKING

9) Mall of America Lets Shoppers Find Parking by Phone

Link to article in the Star Tribune:

http://www.startribune.com/business/135868738.html

RAILROADS

10) Norfolk Southern Uses Peer Learning to Boost Safety

Link to article in Investors Business Daily:

http://news.investors.com/Article/595007/201112161424/norfolk-southern-takes-safety-rules-seriously.htm

ROADWAYS

11) New Hampshire Lawmakers Propose Warning Signs on Massachusetts Border

Link to article in The Eagle-Tribune:

http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x1759192465/YOU-ARE-ABOUT-TO-ENTER-MASSACHUSETTS

12) Ogdensburg, New York Bridge Needs More Signs in Canada, Say Operators

Link to article in the Watertown Daily Times:

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20111218/NEWS05/712189927

SAFETY / SECURITY

13) Texas DOT Hopes Light-Hearted Campaign Will Curb DWI Fatality Stats

Link to article on Transportation Nation:

http://transportationnation.org/2011/12/16/texas-transpo-officials-hope-light-hearted-campaign-will-help-curb-dwi-fatality-stats/

TELEMATICS

14) News from Telematics Update

- Telematics, Apps and In-Car Connectivity

http://analysis.telematicsupdate.com/infotainment/telematics-apps-and-car-connectivity

- Telematics: The Partnership Imperative

http://analysis.telematicsupdate.com/v2x-safety/telematics-partnership-imperative

- ZoomSafer CEO: A Cellphone Ban Has 'Potentially Massive Ramifications'

http://analysis.telematicsupdate.com/fleet-and-asset-management/howard-cell-phone-ban-has-potentially-massive-ramifications

TRANSIT

15) Oregon's TriMet Offers Online Tool for Public to Select 'Revenue Generation' Ideas

Link to article in The Oregonian:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/12/want_to_tell_trimet_how_to_run.html

Link to news release:

http://trimet.org/news/releases/dec15-budget-guide.htm

Link to site: http://trimet.org/mailforms/budgetchoices

16) Robert Devin, Announcer for the MBTA, Dies at 94

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2011/12/18/robert-devin-announcer-for-mbta-dies/SRH5OD9e2D7sNZCoGCpyiM/story.html

17) Public Transport 'Should Emulate the Apple Approach'

Bus stops free from advertising and reliable real-time information have attracted riders to BRT.

Link to article in New Transit:

http://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/new_transit/news/?ID=29199

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

18) Overhaul of San Francisco Bay Area 511: Faster Directions for Faster Commutes

Link to article from the Contra Costa Times:

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_19575379

Link to news release from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission:

http://www.mtc.ca.gov/news/press_releases/rel539.htm

Link to new site: http://trafficbeta.511.org

19) Lubbock, Texas Upgrading Traffic Management System

Link to story on KCBD-TV:

http://www.kcbd.com/story/16344575/lubbo

VEHICLES

20) Nissan to Work with City of Beijing to Test Sending Drivers on Quick Routes and Giving Them Information on Their Fuel Usage

Link to article on Autos.ca:

http://www.autos.ca/general-news/better-routes-fuel-info-focus-of-new-nissan-test

News Releases

1) 'Green Routing' Can Cut Car Emissions Without Significantly Slowing Travel Time, Buffalo Study Finds

2) VeriFone and NBCUniversal to Deliver Information and Entertainment to Taxis and Gas Stations Nationwide

3) Kansas DOT Offers New and Improved Traveler Information Services Online

4) Long Island Rail Road Launches Real-Time Train Information Pilot

5) RAC Foundation Wins Premier Award from the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

6) TÜV Rheinland Joins Quality Control Team for DOT’s Safety Pilot Model Deployment

7) Belden Announces Intention to Make All-Cash Offer for RuggedCom Inc. for C$22.00 per Share

8) RuggedCom Responds to Belden Announcement

Upcoming Events

Talking Operations Webcasts: Organizational Management for Signal Systems – December 20 & 22

http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/news/news_detail.asp?ID=780 (Part A)

http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/news/news_detail.asp?ID=781 (Part B)

Today in Transportation History

1606 **405th anniversary** Three ships, the Godspeed, the Susan Constant and the Discovery, left England with settlers who founded Jamestown, Virginia.

http://www.historicjamestowne.org/

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