Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – ISSN 1529-1057

The Program Hits Just Keep on Coming:
Last Chance to Register for IBTTA’s 2014 Annual Meeting September 14-17

Get ready for a mind-boggling mix of smart, state-of-the-art content at IBTTA’s 82nd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, September 14-17 in Austin, Texas. If you still haven’t registered, you’re running out of time to attend the biggest annual gathering on the tolling industry calendar. During the Annual Meeting, you’ll get updates from the front lines of transportation technology development…hear about safety, travel information and payment technologies that are transforming the customer experience…learn how Big Data and faster forecasting make it easier to project future traffic and revenue. You’ll witness IBTTA’s version of the popular Shark Tank TV series, with a panel of tolling veterans judging some of the industry’s edgiest new innovations. BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO ACT FAST. After August 29, registration will only be accepted onsite. Listen to IBTTA President, and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein tell IBTTA Radio about what's in-store in Austin. Click here for more program highlights and registration.


1) UPS, Union Ousted from Crash Inquiry for Public Statements
Link to article in The Washington Post:
Link to news releases from NTSB, Independent Pilots Association

2) Wi-Fi Connections at Three Japanese Airports Allow Snooping of Email
Link to Kyodo article:

3) American Airlines Pulling Fares from Orbitz After Failing to Reach Deal
Link to Reuters article:
Link to news release from American Airlines

4) Australia Follows EU, US in Allowing Mobile Devices In-Flight
Link to AFP article:

5) NASA to Develop Metroplex Air Traffic Management Tools
Link to article in GCN:


6) Who Watches the Automated Traffic Watchmen?
Link to blog in The Washington Post:


7) Australia Enhancing Its Military's GPS Capabilities
Link to UPI article:

8) Queensland Ambulance Service Bring GPS Tracking to the Public
Link to article on CNET:


9) First Issue of THx Available Online
Link to articles:

10) ITS World Congress Preview
Link to preview from ITS International:

11) Mitigating Work Zone Safety and Mobility Challenges Through Intelligent Transportation Systems: Case Studies
Link to publication from FHWA:


12) Flags at Sea
Link to infographic in The Maritime Executive:


13) New Law Increases Transparency, Creates Salary Restrictions for Illinois Transit Employees
Link to article on Illinois Watchdog:


14) Federal Agencies Blocking Building Entry to Holders of Massachusetts IDs
Link to article in The Boston Globe:

15) NTSB's Michael Flanigon: Investigating Train Accidents
Link to article in The Washington Post:


16) Some Call for More Sharing in Ridesharing
Link to story on NPR's All Things Considered:


17) Mobile Application Software Innovates Public Transportation Fares
Link to article on Guardian Liberty Voice:

18) Training Videos One More Way FTA Helps Ensure Transit Passengers' Civil Rights
Link to US DOT's Fast Lane blog:


19) The Promise of the Connected Car
Link to article on EDN Network:

20) Indian American Engineer Raghunathan Rajkumar Helping to Make Driverless Cars People's Choice
Link to article in The American Bazaar:

News Releases

In yesterday's edition I said it was the 195th anniversary of the birth of James Watt. It was actually the anniversary of his death.

 -  Request for Information – Truck Parking Information Delivery System – Pennsylvania DOT

Upcoming Events
Public Meeting Seeking Stakeholder Input to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance – September 12 – Detroit

Today in Transportation History    
1974 **40th anniversary** Charles Lindbergh died in Kipahulu, Hawaii.

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