Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – ISSN 1529-1057

Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) is now accepting registrations for two of its online blended (instructor-led) courses:          
Weather Responsive Traffic Management (WRTM) * New – May 3-June 23, 2013  
This course provides information and guidance to transportation system managers and operators to help them effectively manage traffic flow and operations during adverse weather conditions.
Improving Highway Safety with ITS – May 10-June 29, 2013
This course aims to increase awareness of the benefits to be gained through the deployment of ITS for highway safety applications.  The course is designed to assist professionals in both the highway safety and ITS communities.

All course materials are on-line but students have access to course instructors through three pre-scheduled conference calls. Cost is $250 each, $400 for both.  FREE for U.S. local, state, regional, metropolitan, and Federal government agencies! - Use sponsor code PCB when you register.  Questions, please contact Denise Twisdale or Kathy Frankle.


1) FAA Leader Vows Controller Furloughs Won't Risk Safety
Link to Bloomberg article:

2) Porter Files $4 Million Libel Suit Against Striking Refuelers' Union for Tweets
Link to Canadian Press article:


3) Baltimore to Void More Than 6,000 Camera Tickets
Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:

4) TomTom Intros Speedcam Warning iOS App in France
Link to article on GPS Business News:


5) Daily News from ITS America Annual Meeting – Day 3
Link to newsletter from ITS International:


6) Japan, China to Reopen Talks on Maritime Hotline
Link to article in The Asahi Shimbun:


7) New York City Phones It In: Pilot Program Tracks Where to Park
Link to Real Business at Xerox blog:


8) New York City DOT Among Best Agencies in Responding to Freedom of Information Requests
Link to blog in The Village Voice:


9) Feds Say Metra Retaliated Against Employee Who Reported Signals Weren't Being Tested Correctly
Link to article in the Daily Herald:


10) Survey: More Cell Use on Vermont Roads
Link to article in the Bennington Banner:


11) Last Hurdle Falls in New York City Taxi App Battle; Judge Dismisses Black Car E-Hail Lawsuit
Link to article on All Things Digital:


12) RideScout App Changes Austin, Texas Transportation
Link to article in The Daily Texan:

13) New York MTA Expanding Subway Cell Service this Week
Link to story on NY1:


14) Hyderabad Set to Get Live Traffic Updates
Link to article in the Deccan Chronicle:

15) Effectiveness of Different Approaches to Disseminating Traveler Information on Travel Time Reliability
Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:

16) A Lexicon for Conveying Travel Time Reliability Information
Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:

News Releases

 -  Nominees – Hoy A. Richards Career Achievement Award (for level crossing safety) – Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Upcoming Events
Using Technology to Improve Transportation: All-Electronic Tolling and Beyond – May 7 – Boston

Today in Transportation History    
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope was launched with the Space Shuttle Discovery.

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