Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057

Changing to a Management and Operations Culture - The Road Ahead by Phil Tarnoff

Are you paying attention to the highway legislation as it works its way through Congress? Are your friends paying attention? The Road Ahead, written by Phil Tarnoff, is mandatory reading for everyone concerned about the future of our transportation system. It was written to get the attention of both practitioners and the general public regarding the deteriorating state of the Nation’s highway system. It describes the present crisis and offers constructive suggestions for the future. The reviews have been uniformly positive. Read the book yourself. Give it to a spouse or friend. Help Phil get the word out. The Road Ahead can be ordered directly from the publisher at or from Amazon at


1) Google Goes Mobile with Flight Search Tool

Link to article in USA Today:


2) Indiana Driver's Manual Provides Scant Details on Bike Lanes

Link to story on WTHR-TV:


3) Proposed Red-Light Camera Ban Defeated in Colorado

Link to story on KMGH-TV:

4) What's Driving the Backlash Against Traffic Cameras

Link to story on NPR:


5) GPS Attacks Risk Maritime Disaster, Trading Chaos

Link to Reuters article:

6) International Group Agrees on Spectrum for Ocean Radar

Link to article in Government Security News:

7) Articles from Maritime Reporter and Engineering News – February 2012

- Emergency Preparedness for Ports (page 30)

- Efficiencies Through the Airwaves – Satellite Communications Roundtable (page 32)


8) Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: Lookalike Websites a Scheme

Link to story on WTVJ-TV:


9) Amtrak Finds It Hard to Take Citizens' Help, Even When They Build a Station

Despite volunteers who meet every train, Amtrak tells travelers station is unstaffed.

Link to article on Crosscut:,-even-when-they-build-a-station/


10) Various Challenges Likely to Slow Implementation of a Public Safety Broadband Network

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:

11) Mobilize to Save Moose

Woman donates money for message signs on Wyoming highway.

Link to article in Jackson Hole News&Guide:


12) Work to Begin on Lahore Intelligent Transport System March 5

Link to article in The Express Tribune:

13) New 'Metro Master' iPhone App Promises an Easier WMATA Ride

Link to story on TBD:


14) Big Auto Goes High-Tech

Link to article on The Motley Fool:

15) How It Works: The Computer Inside Your Car

Link to article in Popular Mechanics:

16) Driving the Business Case for the Connected Car

Link to column on FierceWireless:

News Releases

1) California Assemblyman Wants Drivers on Tech Forefront; Show Proof of Insurance and Registration via Smartphone or Tablet

2) Rhythm Engineering’s New InSync:Tesla Ends Traffic Congestion in One Day

3) Columbian Delegation and GEWI Meet at Trade Visit

4) Technology Key to Relieving Pressure at the Pumps as Diesel Prices Reach Record High

5) WHAS-TV Introduces Louisville Traffic Tracker App

6) Research and Markets: Global Benchmark of Real-Time Traffic Information Services


- Volunteers Sought – ITS Standards Professional Capacity Building Training – Institute of Transportation Engineers

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Creating Partnerships Through Online Trip Planning and More with National RTAP's GTFS Builder Web App – February 29

Today in Transportation History

1857 **155th anniversary** Heinrich Hertz, whose work played a major role in the development of radio, was born in Hamburg.

1912 **100th anniversary** Jules Vedrines became the first person to fly over 100 mph.


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