Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057

Bernie's Notes

I'll be speaking at the TRB Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22. I'll be one of the panelists for the session, 'Incorporating Web-Based Tools into Transportation Practices, Part 1: Web-Based Tools.' The first part of the session runs from 9 am until noon in the Marriott. There will be several interesting presentations and I hope you can join us. I look forward to meeting you. If you're unable to be there but plan to be at TRB, please let me know. I expect to be there Sunday and Monday and would welcome the opportunity to say hello.


1) Watchdog Group Sues FAA for Details on Domestic Drone Flights

Link to story on MSNBC:

Link to news release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

2) Smartphones to Make Airport Check-In Desks Obsolete, Study Says

Link to Bloomberg article:

Link to news release from Amadeus:

3) University Radio Station Silenced Due to Interference with Air Traffic Controllers

Link to article in The Telegraph:


4) Concern Over Possible Cuts to Cycling Promotion Cash in Scotland

Link to BBC News story:


5) Israel Police Turn to High-Tech Traffic Enforcement Tools

Link to article in Haaretz:


6) New York City Offers Online Map with Street Closures

Link to article on Transportation Nation:

Link to NYC Street Closures:


7) Major Toll Equipment Makers Set to Offer Tri-mode Readers

Link to article on TOLLROADSnews:


8) Infrastructure Group Launching Ad in South Carolina

Link to article in The Hill:

Link to news release from the Building America's Future Education Fund:

9) San Diego Call-Box Agency PR Plan Blasted

Link to article in U-T San Diego:

10) First Newsletter on California North Coastal Corridor Construction Hits Email Boxes

Link to column in U-T San Diego:

Link to newsletter:


11) Officials Seek Warning Sign to Slow Motorists on I-40 in North Carolina

Link to article in the Asheville Citizen-Times:


12) Edmonton Transit Riders to be Scanned for Explosives

Ticket validating machines will look for explosive and radioactive material.

Link to Postmedia News article:

13) Escort Networks Its Radar Detectors to Report Traps

Link to article in PC Magazine:,2817,2398782,00.asp

Link to news release from Escort:


14) Bus Tracking Expands as New York MTA Eyes Citywide Rollout

Link to article in Crain's New York Business:

Link to news release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority:

15) London Olympics Bus Passengers Guided by Emma Hignett

Link to story on BBC News:

16) Toronto Transit Commission Chair Goes Undercover, Poses as TTC Worker for TV Show

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

Link to further information on Undercover Boss Canada:

17) US DOT to Explore Mobile Apps for Public Transit

Link to column in the Washington Business Journal:

Link to notice in the Federal Register:


18) Auto CD Players, Beloved by Baby Boomers, Head for the Exit

Link to article in Automotive News:

19) Make the Most of the Auto App Opportunity

Link to article on Telematics Update:

20) Kia Unveils Next-Gen Uvo Infotainment System

Link to blog on MSN Autos:

News Releases

1) New York State DOT Announces Updated Bicycle Website

2) Frost & Sullivan Projects Nearly 40% of Compact Vehicles in Europe to Have Advanced Driver Assistance Systems by 2018

3) The Global Road Safety Partnership Launches a New-Look Global Website

4) Smartphone Upsurge at Beijing International Airport Fueling Rapid Adoption of Passenger Self-Service

5) Ford First to Enable iHeartRadio App Inside the Car Using Voice Control

6) FAA Introduces Mobile Website

7) Utah Transit Authority to Release Real-Time Data for Development

8) Iteris Receives $706,000 Order for Video Detection Equipment as Part of Omnitrans sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project

9) Titan Awarded Five-Year Los Angeles DOT Advertising Bus Contract

10) Ford Collaborates with Microsoft, Healthrageous and BlueMetal Architects for In-Car Health and Wellness Research

11) AOL Autos Announces New Technology of the Year Award

12) Maersk Line and Ericsson Bring Mobile Connectivity to the Oceans

13) Workshop Looks at Management and Governance of Urban Transportation in Middle East


- Call for Papers – BusCon 2012

Upcoming Events

T3 Webinar: ITS Architecture Made Easier Using Turbo Architecture: An Overview of NHI's New Web-Based Turbo Architecture Course – February 2

Today in Transportation History

1912 **100th anniversary** The Russian steamer Russ sank in the Black Sea. All 172 people aboard died.

1962 **50th anniversary** The Soviet submarine B-37 exploded and sank at a naval base in the Barents Sea. A total of 122 people were killed, including most of the crewmembers and others onshore.


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