Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – ISSN 1529-1057

Call for Papers – 17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition

The Technical and Scientific Committee of the 17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition invites surface transportation experts and researchers from all over the world to submit paper abstracts for evaluation.   Abstracts should reflect original research or innovation in technical, institutional, economic, business and policy issues that are relevant, recent and significant.  This global event, to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 9-13, 2013, will provide a unique forum for sharing the latest industry technologies, solutions and best practices from all over the world, and set new standards of excellence and hospitality.

To submit an abstract visit, please visit and to learn more about the event visit   The submission deadline is April 15, 2013.


1) ZTE to Let Airline Passengers Access Internet Using Wi-Fi and LTE
Link to IDG News Service article:

2) Businesses Amplify Marketing of Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Link to article in the Sioux Falls Business Journal:

3) Voice-Activated Flight Search Portends of Tech-to-Come
Link to article on Tnooz:


4) All-Electronic Toll-Taking Begins on Golden Gate Bridge
Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

5) Massachusetts Seeks to Eliminate Tollbooths for Cashless System
Link to story on WBUR Radio:


6) I-81 Coalition Looks at Technology that Collects and Displays Highway Crash Information
Link to article in Public Opinion:


7) Missouri Lawmakers Press on Scanning Documents for Driver's Licenses
Link to AP article:

8) Video Traffic Court Available for Rural Fresno County, California Cities
Link to story on KFSN-TV:

9) Research, Technology and Data Drive America's Transportation System
Link to US DOT's Fast Lane blog:


10) ParkMe Mobile App Helps Drivers Find Available Parking
Link to story on WJLA-TV:


11) Virginia's Beltway Express Lanes Try to Lure Drivers with New Ads
Link to article in The Examiner:

12) New Jersey Turnpike Authority Debuts New Facebook Page, App that Provide Audio Updates
Link to article in The Record:


13) New York State to Increase Fines for Texting While Driving
Link to article in the Democrat and Chronicle:

14) Do Texting Bans Really Prevent Fatal Accidents?
Link to article on The Atlantic Cities:


15) Uber to Revolutionize Transportation in Detroit
Link to video in the Detroit Free Press:


16) Warning Over 'Black Box' Car Insurance Costs with Up to £90 Fees to Remove Technology
Link to article in the Daily Mail:


17) New Global Travel Retail 'Lobby Group' to Be Formed
Link to article in Airport World:


18) Google Maps Adds Real-Time Transit Data in New York City, Salt Lake City
Link to article on Transportation Nation:


19) More Training and Equipment Needed to Protect First Responders at Traffic Incidents
Link to blog in Firehouse:


20) Tulsa Breaks Ground on New Traffic Operations Center
Link to story on KRMG Radio:
Link to news release:


21) Volvo Demos a Nifty Cyclist Detection System
Link to blog in MIT Technology Review:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
Webinar: Smart Traffic Management: Lessons from New York City’s Midtown in Motion Project – April 18

Today in Transportation History    
1963 **50th anniversary** A report from the British Transport Commission called for the nation's railway system to be cut by approximately 25%.

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