Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter – March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 — ISSN 1529-1057

2009 Annual Meeting and Exposition Preliminary Program Now Available

The preliminary program for ITS America’s 2009 Annual Meeting and Exposition is now available. The 2009 Annual Meeting is the highly anticipated three-day learning and networking event which will attract the most diverse transportation audience from across the country in one place. This event will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD – inside the Washington, DC metropolitan area – from June 1-3.  This is a critical time for our industry to demonstrate how ITS technologies can improve safety, mobility, and the environment while optimizing transportation dollars and helping to finance the future of our transportation system. Don’t want to miss this valuable opportunity to find answers to your toughest transportation challenges, meet your legislators on Capitol Hill, see ITS solutions in action and take home ideas for implementation, and learn from your peers.  To view a copy of the program, please click here.  For further information, please visit:


1) EU Adopts Air Traffic Management ‘Master Plan’

Link to story on EurActiv:

2) American Airlines to Expand In-flight Web Access

Link to AP story:

3) On NextGen, Everything Clear Except Who Pays for It

Link to column in The Dallas Morning News:


4) Apple Filing Details Safe Touch-Screen Navigation System

Link to story on AppleInsider:

5) Smart Sat-Nav and Cruise Control Arrives

Link to story on RoadTransport:


6) Georgia Could Require Drivers to Take Test in English

Link to AP story:

7) Interview with Anne Jensen, MEP and Rapporteur on the ITS Action Plan

Link to interview from ERTICO-ITS Europe:


8) US Military Vows to Track 800 Satellites by October 1

Link to Reuters story:


9) Sydney Terrorism Warning System Reviewed After Power Failure

Link to Bloomberg News story:

10) It’s the Drawing Board for Real ID

Link to story on NextGov:


11) Portland Metro Unveils an Online Planning Tool

Build-a-system tool is designed to involve public in transit corridor development.

Link to story in the Daily Journal of Commerce:

12) South Florida’s Tri-Rail Starts ‘Fund or Fail’ Campaign

Link to story in Metro Magazine:

Link to further information from Tri-Rail:

13) The Challenge of Using Public Transport: Descriptions by People with Cognitive Functional Limitations

Link to article in the Journal of Transport and Land Use:


14) New Detroit Traffic Management System All Set to Go

Link to story in The Detroit News:

15) Traffic Management System to be Constructed in Western Massachusetts

Link to story in The Republican:

16) California DOT’s New Monitoring Systems to Speed Traffic Flow

Link to story in Traffic Technology Today:

17) Traffic Safety Through Smart Highways

Link to story in Popular Mechanics:


18) Honda Connects Brain Thoughts with Electronics

Link to AP story:

Link to news release from Honda Motor Company:

News Releases

1) TEN-T 2009 Call for Proposals – Nearly €1 Billion Available in Trans-European Transport Network Funding

2) Tripping with Mr. Solomon – Houston Metro Uses YouTube to Promote Airport Service

3) TransCore Proves Alternative Equipment Choice for IAG-Protocol Reader

4) City of Seattle Launches Construction Coordination Web Site

Upcoming Events

2nd Middle East Parking Symposium – November 9-11 – Abu Dhabi

Today in Transportation History

1774 **235th anniversary** – The Boston Port Act took effect, closing the Boston Port to all ships.  The action was a response to the Boston Tea Party.


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