Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, January 12, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057

IBTTA: Delivering Real Solutions in 2012

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's 2012 Education Series will offer major educational and networking events that can change the way you do business or promote new business in the tolling industry. Learn more by viewing IBTTA's 2012 Events Calendar. IBTTA will kick off its 2012 Education Series with the Transportation Summit of South Africa, March 11-13, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to attend the first ever IBTTA meeting in South Africa. Register Today!


1) New York City DOT Commissioner: Bike-Share GPS Data Will Help Plan NYC Bike Network

Link to Streetsblog New York City:


2) Traffic Cameras Show How Easily You Can Crash in Light Snow

Link to article in The Kansas City Star:

Direct link to video from City of Overland Park, Kansas:


3) TomTom Cleared of Data Privacy Violations in Holland

Link to Reuters article:,0,1909817.story

Link to news release from TomTom:


4) Private Company Hoarding License Plate Data on US Drivers

Link to article on California Watch:

Link to further information from Vigilant Video:


5) Are Chicago Pedestrian Safety Campaign Posters Too Depressing?

Link to blog on Grid Chicago:


6) Frustration Over New Via Rail E-pass System

Link to Torstar News Service article:


7) Texas to Install Detectors and Signs on US 281 to Warn Wrong-Way Drivers

Link to article in the San Antonio Express-News:

Link to further information from Texas DOT:

8) Value of Blue Florida DOT Signs for Businesses During Construction Questioned

Link to story on WBBH-TV:


9) Critics Pan Terror-Fighting Edmonton Transit Program

Link to article in the Edmonton Sun:

10) When Distracted Road Users Cross Paths

Link to article in Public Roads:


11) US Won't Adopt EU Code of Conduct for Space

Code addresses traffic management for orbiting objects.

Link to article on Space News:

Link to EU Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities:


12) New New York MTA Chairman Promises More Efficiency, Communication From His Agency

Link to story on NY1:

13) Which DC Area Transit Agencies Offer Open Data?

Link to blog on Greater Greater Washington:

14) Upcoming National Transit Institute Courses Related to Communications

- Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking

- Implementing Rural Transit Technology

- Integrating Transit Applications: Defining Data Interfaces Using TCIP


15) Wisconsin DOT Upgrades 511 Travel Alerts

Link to story on WBAY-TV:


16) Turning to Tech on the Road

Link to article in The New York Times:

News Releases

1) OAG Increases Visibility of Airline and Airport Flight Network Changes

2) Iridium and KVH Team to Provide First Seamless Global Broadband Maritime Satellite Communications Service

3) Comdata Launches New Mobile App Which Provides Fuel Data with User-Specific Discounts

4) inthinc Speed-by-Street Provides Automated In-Cab Voice Alerts When Drivers Exceed Speed Limits

5) Connected Car Service Demand Only for Safe, Useful, Compelling Design; User Experience Best Practice Guidelines

6) US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Third and Fourth GPS III Satellites

7) Alstom to Supply Signaling System of Albacete-Alicante High-Speed Line in Spain

Upcoming Events

Public Meetings and Webinars: Active Traffic and Demand Management (ADTM) and Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO) Operational Concepts – February 7-8 – Washington, DC

Today in Transportation History

1962 **50th anniversary**

US helicopters transported over 1,000 South Vietnamese paratroopers to fight the Viet Cong. Operation Chopper marked the first American combat mission in Vietnam and the first use of helicopters as a major strategic weapon.

Ground was broken for the Backbone Route in Los Angeles. It was planned to be the first part of a rapid transit system in the region.


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