Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, April 20, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register for IBTTA’s Organization Management Workshop: Market, Communication and Policy Trends in Tolling
On June 17-19, 2012 in San Francisco, CA, IBTTA Delegates will meet to discuss best practices and innovations across a multitude of disciplines in the toll industry. In addition to information-packed learning sessions and networking opportunities, this workshop will feature a technical tour of the East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge followed by a visit to the 75th Anniversary exhibit at the Golden Gate Bridge. If you’re a mid- to senior-level toll industry professional, with responsibilities in finance, human resources, government affairs, community affairs, media and public relations, marketing or administration, we encourage you to attend. Special thanks to our host agencies: Bay Area Toll Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District. Visit to view the preliminary agenda, make your hotel reservations, and register today. The special hotel rate expires May 23, 2012. 


1) Aborted Landing Inquiry Finds Pilot Distracted by Texts
Link to article in The Sydney Morning Herald:
Link to report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau:

2) Articles from Meteorological Technology International – May 2012
 -  Radar Versus Wind Turbines (page 36)
 Airport Lightning Warning Systems (page 46)
 -  The Challenges Involved in Airports' Automated Visual Observations (page 52)
 -  Growth of Air Traffic Increases Demand for Weather Observations (page 80)


3) Cyberattack Hits 1,600 TxTag Customers
Link to article in the Austin American-Statesman:


4) Hackers Shut Down Part of DC Government Web Site, Including DOT
Link to article in The Washington Post:


5) Only 98 Days (and 200 Miles) Away: Motorway Signs in Manchester Warn Drivers to Plan Journeys for London Olympics
Link to article in the Manchester Evening News:

6) New Road Signage Aims to Further Promote Virginia Wines
Link to article in The Daily Progress:


7) Crash Analytics: How Data Can Help Eliminate Highway Deaths
Link to article in Government Computer News:

8) GPS Will Speed Up Tsunami Warnings
Link to article in Nature:


9) Majority of Smartphone Owners Now Accessing Travel Content Via Their Devices
Link to article on Tnooz:


10) Bill Bars Cell Service Shutdown by Public Agencies in California Without Court Order
Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

11) Public Transport Victoria Releases Redesigned App
Link to article in the Melbourne Times Weekly:
Link to news release:

12) Indian Transit System Plans Sensors to Detect if Bus Drivers Drink and to Sound Siren
Link to article in Daijiworld Weekly:


13) Toyota Working on Mood-Sensing Cars
Link to article on Motor Authority:

News Releases

Job Posting
 -  Supervisory General Engineer – Research and Innovative Technology Administration – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Upcoming Events
SATIE Workshop – April 26 – Athens

Friday Bonus  
The ten worst highway signs.

Today in Transportation History    
1912 **100th anniversary** The SS France began its maiden voyage from La Havre to New York.

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