Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, February 2, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Bill Would Create FAA NextGen Czar Post

Link to article on Flightglobal:

2) Airfield Safety: Prevention is the Best Defense

Smart IT systems are one element that can reduce potentially disastrous runway incidents.

Link to article in Airport Industry Review:


3) US Consensus on Traffic Cameras? There isn't One

Link to article in The Des Moines Register:


4) Digital vs. Analog Ways of Transforming Cities

Apps are great, but it's important to improve the transportation system itself.

Link to blog in Next America City:

5) US National ITS Architecture Updated to Version 7.0

Link to further information from the ITS Joint Program Office:


6) A Lukewarm Report Card for High-Occupancy Toll Lanes

Link to article on The Atlantic Cities:


7) Turkish 'Model' of Traffic System Coming to Lahore, Pakistan

Link to article in The Nation:


8) A Smartphone App to Capture Vehicle Data

Link to article in automotiveIT International:

News Releases

1) 'Embark NYC,' Multi-purpose Navigation App, Wins MTA App Quest

2) MBTA Partnership: Real-Time Bus Information by Text

3) MapQuest Integrates Traffic and Road Condition Cameras Into Maps and Directions

4) Indianapolis Host Committee to Deliver 'Most Connected' Super Bowl Including Real-Time Traffic and Weather Information

5) Tennessee Transportation Maps Add QR Codes for Link to TDOT SmartWay Mobile

Bernie's Notes

I'm a bit late in picking up on this but I thought it deserved a mention. John Deere has an innovative communications tool they've been using to get feedback from customers. It's a portable recording studio called the Chatterbox. It's brought to trade shows and construction sites where customers can record comments. While this is probably a fairly expensive undertaking, perhaps other transportation organizations could use a scaled-down version to learn what customers have to say.

Upcoming Events

NTOC Webinar: Leveraging a Regional ITS Architecture in Planning for Operations – February 29

Today in Transportation History

1912 **100th anniversary** Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the youngest passenger aboard the ship, was born in Branscombe, England.

1962 **50th anniversary** The first US Air Force plane was lost in the South Vietnam. The C-123 crashed while spraying defoliant. All three crewmembers died.


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