Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, February 20, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057

Attend IBTTA Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees and Transportation Finance Summit, April 29-May 1, 2012 in Jersey City, New Jersey

This conference combines the best features of IBTTA's Transportation Finance Summit with the depth of content from the Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees organized by the Texas Department of Transportation Institute and the University of Minnesota in 2009-2011. Sessions will explore the latest studies and pilot programs in mileage-based user fees and the diverse range of financing tools available to toll agencies, state DOTs and local governments. Conference Partners: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Texas Transportation Institute and TRB. Co-Sponsors: I-95 Corridor Coalition, Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance and the Reason Foundation. View the preliminary agenda, make your hotel and travel reservations, and register today!


1) Rocket Sent Into Northern Lights for GPS Research

Link to AP article:


2) During Stop at Virginia Tech, US Transportation Secretary Focuses on Unfocused Drivers

Link to article in The Roanoke Times:

3) Intelligent Transport Solutions Can Transform Cities

Link to column in Daily News & Analysis:


4) Britannia Bridge 'Urban Explorer' Photographers Given Warning

Link to BBC News story:


5) What US DOT's New Distraction Guidelines Mean for Telematics

Link to article on Telematics Update:


6) Wi-Fi Coming to GO Transit

Link to article in the Toronto Star:


7) California DOT to Rewrite Emergency Plan in Wake of Massive I-10 Traffic Jam

Link to article in The Desert Sun:

8) Palm Springs, California Area Tourism Group Eyes I-10 Traffic Alert Plan

Link to article in The Desert Sun:

9) Northern Virginia Traffic Center's Eyes are on I-95

Link to article in The Free-Lance Star:

10) Ohio DOT Installing ITS to Help Drivers Beat the Traffic

Link to story on WEWS-TV:

11) Computers May Control Intersections for Self-Driving Cars

Link to IDG News article:

12) Gurgaon, India Traffic Police SMS Service Fails; to Be Revived Soon

Link to article in the Hindustan Times:

13) Disgust at £116,000 'Toy' Warning Signs in Shipley, UK

Link to article in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

14) Seoul City Government Develops Traffic App

Link to article in The Korea Times:

15) New Mexico DOT Adds Drive Times to Message Boards

Link to story on KRQE-TV:

16) Urban and Traffic Data Systems: 2011

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


17) Self-Driving Tech Veers into Mid-Range Cars

Link to article in Technology Review:

18) Car Radios: Touch Screen or Knobs?

Link to audio from WOR Radio Network's The Car Doctor:

News Releases

1) Colorado DOT Upgrading Traveler Information Signs Along Some Highways

2) RITA Launches US DOT Research Hub Website

3) Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Name Aviation Markers After Montreal Canadiens' Legends

4) Union Pacific Railroad Museum Makes Push to Get Specialty License Plate

5) US Customs and Border Protection Launches Radio Pilot to Inform Land Border Crossers

Upcoming Events

Parkex 2012 – April 17-18 – London

Today in Transportation History

1792 **220th anniversary** The United States Postal Service was established.

1942 **70th anniversary** Edward O'Hare became the US Navy's first flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. Chicago's Orchard Depot Airport was named for him in 1949.

1962 **50th anniversary** John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7.


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