Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, March 7, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057

Sharpening the Legislative Focus
IBTTA Summit on Legislation, Policy & Infrastructure Finance – March 9-11, 2014

Make plans to join IBTTA in Washington, DC for the Summit on Legislation, Policy & Infrastructure Finance March 9-11. Topics will include: Reauthorization of MAP-21, Governance Models for State DOTs and Toll Entities, TIFIA, State and Local Solutions to Infrastructure Financing Challenges, and Trends to Watch in Technology, Interoperability and Media. New additions to the program include Victor Mendez, Acting Deputy Transportation Secretary, U.S. DOT; Pat Thomas, VP of Public Affairs for UPS and Bob Thomson a.k.a. Dr. Gridlock with The Washington Post. Other recent additions include Shant Boyajian and Jim Kolb, professional staff to the House T&I Commmittee, and Colin Peppard on the staff of U.S. Senator Tom Carper. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit with members of Congress during a reception at the Rayburn Building on Monday evening. Click here to view the full program.


1) Bill Filed in US House to Undo Airline Ticket Advertising Rules
Link to article in The Hill:


2) Smart Pedestrian Crossings for London in Pioneering New Scheme
Link to article in the London Evening Standard:

3) An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing
Link to blog from Mobility Lab:


4) Florida's SunPass Making Progress in Bid for National Use
Link to article in the Sun Sentinel:


5) 2013 SMART SunGuide ITS Annual Report
Link to report from Florida DOT:


6) EU Invests in Project to Develop Unmanned, Networked Intelligent Ships
Link to article in Electronics Weekly:

7) Electronic Charts Completed for Pacific Islands
Link to article in The Maritime Executive:


8) Rail Industry, Regulators Debate Feasibility of Automating Trains
Link to article in The Hill:


9) Kansas DOT Seeks Sponsors to Bring Technology to Rest Stops
Link to article in The Topeka Capital-Journal:

10) Agra, India Police to Use Physically Disabled People to Direct Traffic at Intersections
Link to article in The Times of India:


11) Apple's CarPlay Draws Safety Criticism
Link to article on CNNMoney:

News Releases

Friday Bonus
If you're doing a television news report on a dangerous intersection it helps to have visual aids.

Upcoming Events
ITS-NY Annual Meeting and Technology Exhibition – June 12-13 – Saratoga Springs, New York

Today in Transportation History    
1944 **70th anniversary** Ranulph Fiennes, the first person to cross Antarctica on foot and to visit both the North and South poles unaided, was born in Windsor, UK.

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