Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, March 9, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057



AVIATION

1) Chicago Inspector General: Airports Blew $171,000 on GPS Devices that Didn't Work

Link to article in the Chicago Sun-Times:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/11155575-418/city-watchdog-airports-blew-171k-on-gps-devices-that-didnt-work.html

Link to report:

http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/publications-and-press/press-releases/igo-finds-waste-in-department-of-aviation-gps-contracts/

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

2) Transportation Trades Department of AFL-CIO Debuts Blog

Link to Move America:

http://blog.ttd.org/2012/03/06/welcome-to-moveamerica/

ROADWAYS

3) Hollywood, Florida Unleashes Robocalls to Fight Illegal Signs

Link to article in the Sun Sentinel:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-hollywood-robo-calls-20120308,0,1816727.story

TRANSIT

4) Rail Smartcards to be Rolled Out Across UK

Link to BBC News story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17295718

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

5) Philadelphia Synchronizing Traffic Lights on 21 Thoroughfares

New traffic operations center to be built.

Link to article in The Philadelphia Inquirer:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20120309_Phila__synchronizing_traffic_lights_on_21_thoroughfares.html

6) Metro Traffic FM Likely to Go On Air in Katmandu Within Three Months

Link to Himalayan News Service article:

http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Metro+Traffic+FM+likely+to+go+on+air+within+three+months&NewsID=323463

7) SunGuide Overview – Recording of Webinar

Link to presentation:

http://www.dot.state.fl.us/trafficoperations/ITS/Projects_Arch/SunGuide.shtm

VEHICLES

8) Aviva Looks to iPhone App to Cut Cost of Motor Insurance

Link to article in The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/9133863/Aviva-looks-to-iPhone-app-to-cut-the-cost-of-motor-insurance.html

News Releases

1) Michigan DOT Posts New Distracted Driving Video and PSA on YouTube

2) Orange County Transportation Authority Unveils Indoor Transit Simulator to Aid Those with Disabilities

3) Florida DOT Approves Full Color High-Resolution Vanguard Dynamic Message Signs

Job Postings

- Senior Engineer/Operation Research Analyst – Research and Innovative Technology Administration – Cambridge, Massachusetts

http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/310948900

Upcoming Events

Webinar on US DOT's ITS Professional Capacity Building Program – March 21

http://www.its.dot.gov/press/2012/pcb_webinar.htm

Friday Bonus

Wow, they really do enforce speed limits with aircraft.

http://youtu.be/b2xnWYx8YK8

Today in Transportation History

1862 **150th anniversary** The USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia battle to a draw in the first fight between two ironclad warships.

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pga.04044/

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