Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, April 10, 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 www.ibtta.org/sanfrancisco to view the preliminary agenda, make your hotel reservations, and register today. The special hotel rate expires May 23, 2012.


GPS / NAVIGATION

1) GPS Glitch Taking Truckers Down Wrong Road, Causing Damage in Follansbee, West Virginia

Link to story on WTOV-TV:

http://www.wtov9.com/news/news/gps-glitch-taking-truckers-down-wrong-road-causing/nMTxc/

MARITIME

2) Long-Lost Titanic SOS on View for First Time

Link to article in USA Today:

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/dispatches/post/2012/04/long-lost-titanic-sos-is-on-view-for-the-first-time-/666046/1

OTHER

3) Intelligent Mobility – Thinking About Tomorrow's Transport

Link to presentations at February 2012 UN conference:

http://www.unece.org/trans/events/2012/un_policy_segment_docs.html

SAFETY / SECURITY

4) Teens Still Texting While Driving, Survey Says

Link to article in USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-09/distracted-teen-driving-texting/54135840/1

Link to news release from State Farm: http://goo.gl/7ie4s

5) Pilot Program Allows Law Enforcement Agencies to Use Federal Grant to Target Multiple Safety Issues

Link to article in The Commercial Appeal:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/apr/09/rise-traffic-fatalities-fuels-crackdown-traffic-vi/

TELEMATICS

6) Telematics in India

Link to article on Telematics Update:

http://analysis.telematicsupdate.com/infotainment/telematics-india

TRANSIT

7) Report: New York MTA's Temporary Signage Mediocre … But Improving

Link to article on Transportation Nation:

http://transportationnation.org/2012/04/10/report-mtas-temporary-signage-mediocre-but-improving/

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

8) 511 Program Coming to North Texas this Summer

Link to story on KXAS-TV:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/5-1-1-Program-Coming-to-North-Texas-This-Summer-146839375.html

VEHICLES

9) A Rear-View Camera in Your Next Car -- Maybe?

Link to article on CarInsurance.com:

http://www.carinsurance.com/Articles/rear-view-camera.aspx

10) Articles from Txchnologist

- New York Auto Show: Upgrading Auto Software in a Flash

http://www.txchnologist.com/2012/new-york-auto-show-upgrading-auto-software-in-a-flash

- Linux for Your Electric Car: Techies Create Open Source EVs

http://www.txchnologist.com/2012/linux-for-your-electric-car-techies-create-open-source-evs

News Releases

1) Southwest Airlines Launches 'Free Hobby Airport' Website

2) New PSA with Transportation Secretary LaHood Urges Parents to 'Choose the Right Seat' for Children in Cars

3) Organ Donor Registration Rates Nearly Double After On-Site Public Health Campaign at Michigan Driver's Licensing Facilities

4) New York State Unveils New Online Service to Increase Organ Donations

5) Special Report: Telematics and Emerging Markets

6) Missouri DOT Launches Big Trucks Campaign

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Open Data for Transportation Agencies - Embracing Innovation in Information Sharing – April 11

http://www.itsa.org/events/itsamericawebinarseries

Today in Transportation History

1912 **100th anniversary** The RMS Titanic left Southampton, England on its maiden voyage.

http://www.nmni.com/titanic/Loss/Leaving-Southampton/Leaving-Southampton.aspx

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