Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, August 1, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System for Blind Travelers
Link to article on The Verge:

2) NextGen DataComm Trials 'Becoming Routine' for FedEx Pilots
Link to article in Avionics:

3) Now for General Aviation: NextGen
Link to US DOT's Fast Lane blog:


4) Why the Crosswalk Buttons in Your City May Not Work
Link to story on ABC News:


5) US Air Force to Launch New GPS Satellite Tonight
Link to article on

6) Website Keeps Track of Saskatoon Food Trucks
Link to story on CKOM Radio:


7) IEEE ITSS Newsletter – July 2014
Link to newsletter:

8) ITS Podcast Episode 16: Electric Mobility and Car-Sharing with Jeff Allen from DriveOregon
Link to podcast from IEEE ITSS:


9) Texas DOT Plans to Research Futuristic Tech
Link to article on The Texas Tribune:


10) Electronic Signs and Videos at Levi's Stadium Guide Fans Directly to Their Parking Spots
Link to story on KPIX-TV:


11) South African National Roads Agency Faces Legal Battle Over Toll Road Secrecy Bid
Link to article in Business Day:

12) Journalist Suing Chicago Transit Authority Over Denied Request for Ventra Contract Records
Link to article from the Chicago Sun-Times:


13) Software Predicts When, Where Serious Accidents Are Most Likely to Occur on Tennessee Highways
Link to article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

14) Smartphone App Hopes to Save Babies from Being Left in Hot Cars
Link to UPI article:


15) Hail Storm: The Great Taxi Upheaval is Here
Link to articles in New York Magazine:


16) Birmingham, Alabama's Bus System Teams with Google for Real-Time Trip-Planning
Link to story on WVTM-TV:

17) Barrie, Ontario Bus Info at Your Fingertips with New Transit App
Link to article in the Barrie Advance:


18) Bakersfield, California Gives Look at New High-Tech Traffic Center
Link to story on KBAK/KBFX-TV:


19) Car and Internet Industries Set for Further Integration
Link to article from China News Service:

News Releases

Friday Bonus
Public outreach is a typical part of efforts to gain support for new transportation projects. Here's a look back to 1952 when a film was made to get votes to build the Garden State Parkway.


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Today in Transportation History    
1929 **85th anniversary** The first jet-assisted takeoff of an aircraft, a Junkers-33 seaplane, took place in Germany.

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