Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, January 5, 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) RFID in Ports and Terminals: Moving Toward Global Acceptance

Link to article in Port Technology International:

2) Latest Luxury Boats Run with the Help of Mobile Devices, GPS

Link to story on NY1:


3) Motorists Ticketed at DC Meters After Paying by Phone

Link to story on WTTG-TV:


4) DC HOT Lanes Project Launching Education Campaign

Link to column in The Washington Post:

Link to 495 Express Lanes website:


5) Smart Technology Alleviates Doubt During Earthquake

Sensors on Burlington County Bridge Commission crossings provide speedy reassurance.

Link to article in Pennoni Perspective: (page 9)


6) Border Helicopter Dropped Coffee Cups to Alert Mount Rainier Hikers of Shooter

Link to article in The Seattle Times:

Link to further information on

7) Tennessee Strives to be a Next-Gen 911 Leader

Link to article in Government Technology:

8) Report on Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Stop Cites Poor Communication

Link to article in The Miami Herald:


9) Springfield, Illinois Bus System to Provide Online Location Information

Link to article in The State Journal-Register:

10) Missed Bus Inspires Winning Transportation Video in Tualatin, Oregon

Link to article in The Times:

Link to video:

11) Virginia Railway Express Dropping Plans for Wi-Fi on Trains

Link to blog in The Examiner:

12) Could DC Metro Learn from Long Island Rail Road's Suicide Prevention Efforts and Celebrity Safety Announcements?

Link to blog on TBD:


13) Overhead Signs Will Display Hampton Roads, Virginia Traffic Times

Link to article in The Virginian-Pilot:

14) Reports Issued by Western Transportation Institute

- Rural Traveler Information Phase 1: Rural Traveler Information Needs Assessment and Pilot Study

- Rocky Mountain National Park ITS Pilot Deployment/Evaluation (Operation Plan)

- Rocky Mountain National Park ITS Pilot Deployment/Evaluation (Evaluation Plan)

- Professional Capacity Building for Communication Systems

- Western States One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information: Research on Clarus System Data


15) In-Car Internet 'to Become Norm' in Survey About Future

Link to story on BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat:

16) Pandora CEO Says Growth in Automobiles Still 5-10 Years Away

Link to article in Radio Ink:

News Releases

1) 74 Year Old Aviation Magazine Relaunched as Online Journal

2) New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division Offers New Services to Customers Through Interactive Phone System

3) TuneIn Introduces Car Mode with Voice Command

4) Illinois Tollway Implements New Policy to Safeguard Customer Privacy

Job Posting

- Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics – Research and Innovative Technology Administration – Washington, DC

Upcoming Events

Forum: Beyond 2012 – Road Safety Benefits Driven by ITS Technology – April 18-19 – Melbourne

Today in Transportation History

1972 **40th anniversary** US President Richard Nixon approved NASA's development of the Space Shuttle program.


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