Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register for IBTTA’s Toll Road Summit of the Americas — November 15-17, 2009 in São Paulo, Brazil

Join the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association at the Toll Road Summit of the Americas and examine an array of methods to design, finance, operate and maintain user financed surface transportation facilities. The second day of this meeting will be held in conjunction with TranspoQuip 2009, Latin America’s biggest event for the transportation infrastructure industries in Latin America. Featured speakers include Cesar Queiroz, Consultant, Roads and Transport Infrastructure, World Bank, and Roberto Lucas, Jr., Author and Urban Planning Consultant. Meeting hosted by ABCR and CCR. For registration, hotel, travel and visa information, or to view the preliminary agenda, visit


1) New Safety Worry: Laptops, Devices in the Cockpit

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2) Aircraft Electronics Association Says Safety Management Systems Unwieldy

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Link to FAA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

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3) Half of San Francisco Muni Surveillance Cameras Fail in Audit

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4) Telling the User Where to Go

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5) Report Finds September 11 US Coast Guard Potomac River Exercise was a Bad Idea

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6) Flu Pandemic Could Overwhelm Internet Capacity, GAO Warns

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7) Washington State Viaduct Disaster Flick Released; Political Motive?

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8) Will High-Tech Trucks Save Big Rig Industry?

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9) Confessions of a Spatial Navigator

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10) Oklahoma DOT Pays Thousands for Twitter Account

Link to story and video on KFOR-TV:,0,7753383.story

11) Radio Station Introduces Real-Time Traffic Report for Cayman Islands

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12) Microsoft Will Shut Down MSN Direct

Datacasting service provides location-based traffic reports and weather information.

Link to article in Radio World:


13) Texas Drops Phone Numbers from Accident Reports

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News Releases

1) PrePass Weigh Station Technology Blazes Solar Trail

2) AASHTO Report Highlights Smart Solutions: 50 Transportation Projects that Have Made America Better

Upcoming Events

ITS Texas Annual Meeting – November 11-13 – Galveston, Texas

Today in Transportation History

1994 **15th anniversary** – L École des métiers de l’aérospatiale de Montréal opened.


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