Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – November 30, 2009

November 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Monday, November 30, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Support for the TCN

It’s been over a year since I last came to the readers of the TCN to ask for your support.  It seems like this is a good time to come back.  At the end of December I’ll have the hours at my day job cut to part-time.  In the long-run I expect this to be good news.  It will allow me to devote more time to the TCN and other newsletters I edit and it will permit me to become move involved in my voice-over work.  It will also mean considerably less income for the short-term.  In the days and weeks ahead I’ll be telling you more about ways you can support the TCN, but here’s a quick overview.  The first is contributions to the TCN.  More information on this is available at the bottom of today’s issue.  Other ways to support the TCN include purchasing ads, using my voice services, having your own customized newsletter or simply telling others about the TCN.  Thank you in advance for your support.


1) Airline Safety: The Next Generation of Smart Planes

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:

2) Delta to Close Call Centers in London and Montreal, Bring Jobs Back to the US

Link to article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle:


3) Cashless E-470 Takes Toll on Rental Car Drivers in the Form of Fines

Link to article in The Denver Post:


4) West Virginia DOT Launches Improved Web Site

Link to story on WHSV-TV:

Link to site:


5) Wildlife Warnings Go Infrared in Idaho

Link to article in The Spokesman-Review:

6) New Publications from US DOT

–  Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technology – State of the Practice of Roadside Technologies

– Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technologies – Implementation Plan

–  Concept of Operations for Virtual Weigh Station


7) Caltrain to Offer Real-Time Delay Data

Link to article in the San Mateo County Times:

8) Pittsburgh-Area Port Authority Set to Get Smarter with New Technology

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

9) Five Commuter iPhone Apps You’ve Gotta Try

Link to article in Wired:

10) Laughter on the Go

Transit TV Comedy entertains bus riders in the Los Angeles area.

Link to article in the Santa Monica Daily Press:


11) Surface Transportation: Efforts to Address Highway Congestion Through Real-Time Traffic Information Systems are Expanding but Face Implementation Challenges

Link to US Government Accountability Office report:


12) Personalized Texas Plates Can Now Carry Firms’ Logos

Link to column in the Houston Chronicle:

News Releases

1) Near Real-Time Traffic and Weather Data from Traffic Info Map USA 1.2

2) SpeedInfo Earns Patent for Breakthrough Solar-Powered Doppler Radar Sensor Technology

Upcoming Events

Border Wait Time Measurement Technology Test, Evaluation and Deployment Project – Vendor Information Session – December 14

Today in Transportation History

1934 **75th anniversary** – The Flying Scotsman became the first steam locomotive to officially travel at 100 miles per hour.

Contributions for the TCN

Contributions to the TCN are greatly appreciated.  You can mail a contribution to me at:

Bernie Wagenblast

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

November 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Friday, November 27, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Pilots of Errant Northwest Flight Cite Distraction in Transcript

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

Link to transcripts:

2) Chicago Airport Music Helps Frazzled Fliers Connect with City

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,6104510.story

Link to further information from the Chicago Music Commission:


3) New Port Community Information System for Australia

Link to article in Seatrade:

Link to further information from Tradegate Australia:

4) GPS Tagging for Children on Oasis of the Seas

Link to article in the Telegraph:


5) Traffic-Weary Kids Develop Web Site to Help Neighbors Share Rides

Link to article in The Washington Post:


6) Free Wi-Fi Awaited in Moscow Railroad Stations in December

Link to article on Russia-InfoCentre:

Link to further information from Russian Railways: (in Russian)


7) A Wild Ride on NASA’s Massive Flight Simulator

Link to CNET News article:

Link to further information from NASA:


8) Signal Fading on Radio Traffic Reports

Link to AP article:


9) Toyota Acts to Keep Its Grip on the PR Wheel

Link to column in the Financial Times:

Upcoming Events

Digital Signage Expo – February 23-25 – Las Vegas

Friday Bonus

If you thought your daily commute was only fit for a dog, maybe you’re right.

Today in Transportation History

1964 **45th anniversary** – The Pennsylvania Railroad ended Pittsburgh commuter service.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – November 26, 2009

November 27, 2009 at 8:10 am

Thursday, November 26, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) FAA to Improve Landing Operations at Newark Airport Two Years After Whistle-Blower Detailed Safety Risks

New software will give controllers a better picture of when planes will land at converged runways.

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

Link to news release from the US Office of Special Counsel:

Link to report: (part 1) (part 2)

Link to letter to the president:

2) Complaints Against Airlines Fall Sharply

Critics say the reason isn’t better service; it’s that frustrated passengers have given up voicing grievances.

Link to Tribune Newspapers article:,0,421005.story

Link to Air Travel Consumer Report from US DOT:

3) FAA Foregoes Public Process in Test Program at Santa Monica Airport

Link to article in the Santa Monica Mirror:

Link to further information from the City of Santa Monica, California:


4) Is It the End of the Line for London’s Iconic Tube Map?

Link to article in the Guardian:


5) South Korea, US Adopt Joint Maritime Safety Declaration

Link to Yonhap article:


6) European Parliament Rubberstamps Law on Tire Labeling

Link to article on EurActiv:

Link to news release from the European Parliament:


7) November Issue of Signal, the Newsletter of the European Rail Traffic Management System

Link to newsletter:


8) Graffiti on Highway Signs Costing Utah DOT Big Money

Link to story and video on KSL-TV:

9) Solar-Powered Sensor Controls Traffic

Link to article in EDN:


10) US Transportation Security Administration Launches Airport Security Innovations Project

Link to article on


11) ARENA Trial in Sweden

Link to article from ERTICO – ITS Europe:


12) Pilot Project Starts in Ontario for ‘Smart’ Transit Cards that Load Online

Link to article in the Toronto Star:–pilot-project-starts-for-smart-transit-cards-that-load-online?bn=1

13) Portland’s TriMet Fires MAX Operator Who Ignored Father’s Calls for Help

Link to article in The Oregonian:

14) AC Transit Cuts a Model for Public Input

Link to blog in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Link to commentary on A Better Oakland:

Link to further information from AC Transit:

15) The Zoo that is Grand Central, at Full Gallop

Coordinating trains on its busiest day of the year requires improvisation.

Link to article in The New York Times:

16) Tunisia Promotes Use of Information Technology and Communication in Public Transport

Link to story and video on Tunisia Online News:

Upcoming Events

NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show– April 10-15 – Las Vegas

Today in Transportation History

1959 **50th anniversary** – Pioneer P3, a lunar probe, was launched.  The flight failed 45 seconds after launch.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Happy Thanksgiving!


1) Aviation Groups Tell Congress NextGen Will Spur Jobs

Link to article in The Wichita Eagle:

Link to further information from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association:


2) Maryland State Highway Administration Pilots State-of-the Art Variable Speed Advisory Technology

Link to story on WBAL Radio:

Link to news release from Maryland SHA:


3) Traffic-Time Signs Going Statewide in North Carolina

But some commuters don’t find them useful.

Link to article in The Herald:

4) Intelligent Roads: Several Approaches to Keeping Streets Clearer

Link to article in the Financial Times:

5) Beware, Big Brother is Watching

A look behind-the-scenes of the Bangalore Traffic Management Centre.

Link to article in the Bangalore Mirror:

Link to further information from the Bangalore City Traffic Police:


6) Traffic Accident Avoidance Technology Advances

Link to story on Minnesota Public Radio:

7) GM to Work with National Federation of the Blind on 2011 Chevy Volt Sounds

Link to article in The Car Connection:

Link to news release from General Motors:

News Releases

1) Closer Links for ITS United Kingdom and ITS Australia

2) New Real-Time Interactive Traffic Map Aims to Help Connecticut Travelers

3) European Project for Integration of UAS: Unmanned Aircraft to Conquer the Skies

Job Posting

–  Executive Director – E-ZPass Interagency Group – Wilmington, Delaware/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area

Upcoming Events

Texas Transportation Forum – January 6-8 – Austin, Texas

Today in Transportation History

1909 **100th anniversary** – Edvard Rusjan made the first successful flight in an Eastern European airplane.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

IBTTA Summit to Explore Transformational Changes in Transportation Funding System — December 13-15, 2009 in Washington, DC

If you are responsible for funding or operating surface transportation infrastructure at the state, regional, county or municipal level, we invite you to attend IBTTA’s Transportation Policy and Finance Summit and explore the transformational changes that must take place to create a sustainable and efficient transportation funding system. CFO Roundtable on December 13, 2009: This Summit will include a special CFO roundtable for chief financial officers from toll agencies, state departments of transportation, and individuals in similar positions to share knowledge and ideas, network, and learn from one another. For registration, hotel and travel information or to view the preliminary agenda, visit


1) India, EU to Cooperate Closely in Aviation Sector

Link to Press Trust of India article:–EU-to-cooperate-closely-in-aviation-sector

Link to news release from the Government of India:

2) How Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Safety is Unique – In the Tower

Link to story and video on KNXV-TV:


3) Iowa Cities Discover Mapping Devices Lagging Behind Rapid Growth

Link to article in The Des Moines Register:


4) Pressure Grows for IT Inclusion in Copenhagen Agreement

Link to article in Computing:


5) Amtrak Promoting ‘Green’ Tourism in Illinois

Link to article in The State Journal-Register:


6) Quick Way to Weigh

Trucks monitored in motion on Delaware highway.

Link to article and video in The News Journal:


7) I-95 Relief for East Coast Holiday Travelers

Link to article in the Washington Business Journal:

Link to I-95 Corridor Travel Time Information:

8) A National Action Plan for Safer More Efficient Transport in Australia

Link to article in Transport & Logistics News:

News Releases

1) Seattle Adding 57 More Traffic Cameras in 2009

Upcoming Events

Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting – January 10-14 – Washington, DC

Today in Transportation History

1969 **40th anniversary** – Apollo 12 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean.


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Take that, all you tardy aviators! USDOT slams precedent-setting fines on three airlines responsible for tarmac delays

November 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm

(Source: NPR)

The government is imposing fines for the first time against airlines for stranding passengers on an airport tarmac, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

The department said it has levied a precedent-setting $175,000 in fines against three airlines for their role in the stranding of passengers overnight in a plane at Rochester, Minn., on Aug. 8.

For those unaware of the issue, here is a wonderful write-up , courtesy of Wall Street Journal Blog, that gives you a good understanding of the incident that prompted this Fed action and a breakdown of the DOT penalties for each of the involved parties.

Flight 2816 from Houston to Minneapolis was diverted to Rochester at 12:30 a.m. and passengers were held onboard until 6:15 a.m., when they were finally allowed into a terminal, DOT said. ExpressJet, which operated the flight on behalf of Continental, had contacted Mesaba, the only airline with ground handling at Rochester, before the plane landed. Mesaba agreed to provide ground services. But shortly after the flight arrived, a Mesaba employee told the flight’s captain passengers couldn’t deplane because there were no Transportation Security Administration screeners on duty. That didn’t matter—TSA rules don’t prohibit people from deplaning without screeners on duty.

DOT fined Continental and ExpressJet $100,000 for engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices because they violated Continental’s customer service commitment, which promises that passengers will be allowed off a plane after it has been sitting for three hours. Mesaba was fined $75,000 for an unfair and deceptive practice when it provided inaccurate information to ExpressJet about deplaning passengers from Flight 2816, the DOT said.

Continental and ExpressJet, which each were fined $50,000, both said in statements that they agreed to the DOT’s consent order to avoid costly litigation. They both noted that ExpressJet had worked throughout the night to deplane passengers but was blocked by Mesaba. Mesaba said in a statement it believes it “operated in good faith by providing voluntary ground handling assistance to ExpressJet,’’ but is re-evaluating policies and procedures because of the event.

“I hope that this sends a signal to the rest of the airline industry that we expect airlines to respect the rights of air travelers,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “We will also use what we have learned from this investigation to strengthen protections for airline passengers subjected to long tarmac delays.”

Secretary LaHood followed-up on this issue with a blog post, expressing his support for the passengers: “Look, this is just no way to treat passengers, customers, or anyone. You can’t strand people overnight without access to the basics. It’s not right; it’s against the rules.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Transportgooru Musings: Thank you, Secratary LaHood.  Your actions reaffirm that our Government is  indeed “for the people, by the people, of the people.” Interesting enough, the NPR story also notes that the department’s action comes at a time when the Congress is weighing legislation that places a three-hour cap on how long airlines can keep passengers waiting on tarmacs before they have to offer them the opportunity to deplane or return to a gate. The measure would give a flight’s captain the authority to extend the wait an additional half hour if it appears that clearance to takeoff is near. As one would expect, the Air Transport Association (ATA), which represents major airlines, is opposing this measure.  According to the ATA,  a three-hour limit could create more problems than it alleviates by increasing the number of flights that are canceled and leaving passengers stuck at airports trying to make new travel arrangements.

How is that the European airlines are able to successfully operate without encountering such problems?  I’ve not seen anyone from an European airline complaining about the EU regulations (at least after it had become a law).  The European Union, which caps the acceptable delay at 2 hrs,  has successfully enacted the Passenger Bill of Rights that has some reasonable points that tells you how much they care about a passenger stuck in a metal tube with no access to basic necessities such as food. The following summary of the EU law, courtesy of, gives you a good idea of what the European value system looks like:

Delays and Cancellations for European Union Related Flights

In most, but not all, cases involving a delay or cancellation of a flight, a passenger is entitled to compensation under European Parliament Regulation (EC) 261/2004 for delayed and cancelled flights. There are three levels of compensation:

  • in the event of long delays (two hours or more, depending on the distance of the flight), passengers must in every case be offered free meals and refreshments plus two free telephone calls, telex or fax messages, or emails;
  • if the time of departure is deferred until the next day, passengers must also be offered hotel accommodation and transport between the airport and the place of accommodation;
  • when the delay is five hours or longer, passengers may opt for reimbursement of the full cost of the ticket together with, when relevant, a return flight to the first point of departure.

This regulation applies to all airline flights departing from an EU airport or to any airline licensed in the EU if that flight is departing from an airport outside the EU to a destination at an airport in an EU member state.

Delays and Cancellations for Other International Flights

While the EU has some regulations that specifically deal with EU related international flights, there are no requirements to compensate passengers on most other international flights that are delayed or cancelled.

The most relevant international treaty is the 1999 Montreal Convention, an international agreement signed by the U.S. and many other countries. There is no specific language in this agreement that obligates the airline to compensate passengers in the event of a flight delay or flight cancellation. As would be the case with domestic U.S. flights, review your airline’s policies to see what compensation, if any, that the airline may provide.

Overbooking and Involuntary Bumping on U.S. Airlines

U.S. airlines are allowed to overbook flights to allow for “no-show” passengers. However, if passengers are involuntarily bumped, airlines are required to do ask for volunteers to give up their seats in exchange for compensation. Most involuntarily bumped passengers are subject to the following minimum compensation schedule:

  • There is no compensation if alternative transportation gets the passenger to the destination within one hour of the original scheduled arrival.
  • The equivalent of the passenger’s one way fare up to a maximum of $400 for substitute domestic flights that arrive between one and two hours after the original scheduled arrival time or for substitute international flights that arrive between one and four hours after the original scheduled arrival time.
  • If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles to a maximum of $800.

There are exceptions to these rules. This minimum compensation schedule does not apply to charter flights, to scheduled flights operated with planes that hold 30 or fewer passengers, or to international flights inbound to the United States. If a passenger can’t be accommodated to their satisfaction, they may be eligible to request a refund for the remaining part of the trip, even if the trip were on an otherwise nonrefundable ticket.

Denied Boarding Compensation in the European Community

If you are bumped from a flight and your flight was either departing from an EU country, or if you were on an airline registered in the EU and your flight departed outside the EU for a destination within the EU, you would have the following rights:

  • Reimbursement of the cost of the ticket within seven days or a return flight to the first point of departure or re-routing to the final destination;.
  • Refreshments, meals, hotel accommodation, transport between the airport and place of accommodation, two free telephone calls, telex or fax messages, or emails;
  • Compensation totalling:
    • – 250 euros for all flights of 1,500 kilometers or less;
    • – 400 euros for all flights within the European Community of more than 1,500 kilometers, and for all other flights between 1,500 and 3,500 kilometers;
    • – 600 euros for all other flights.

Note that in April 2008, the exchange rate was about $1.60 per euro.

Compensation for Downgrading in Service in the European Community
f an air carrier places a passenger in a class lower than that for which the ticket was purchased, the passenger must be reimbursed within seven days, as follows:

  • 30% of the price of the ticket for all flights of 1500 kilometers or less.
  • 50% of the price of the ticket for all intra-Community flights of more than 1500 kilometers, except flights between the European Community member states and the French overseas departments, and for all other flights between 1500 and 3500 kilometers.
  • 75% of the price of the ticket for all other flights, including flights between the European Community member states and the French overseas departments.

Wow!  Now that is what you call a “fair shake” for the average Joe Sixpack or the Jane Doe.   The has a  has already articulated strongly why we need a Passenger Bill of Rights with a  four part series, which can be found here.  Let me give you en extract of the summary and you will understand why we need this done!
If you buy a car, it comes with a warranty, plus the chances are your state has an auto lemon law, and there are various federal safety and other standards the car must also meet. If anything is not as advertised and promised, you have recourse.

But if you buy a first class airline ticket, costing $10,000 or more – as much as a small car – you have almost no rights at all, not even a guarantee that you’ll get a full first class experience.

If you buy a loaf of bread and it is stale, you can return it. The supermarket will be apologetic, won’t demand proof the bread is stale, and will either fully refund you the cost or give you a new loaf of bread in exchange. But if your seat is broken on a long flight, or if the airline doesn’t have your first choice of meal, or if anything else goes wrong with your flight experience, you’re unlikely to get a sympathetic hearing or fair compensation.

And if you complain about poor service, you run the risk of being accused of ‘air rage’, of being arrested, and possibly being banned from that airline for life.

We need an Airline Passenger Bill of Rights.

Now, after reading the EU regulation you might be left wondering why are our law makers still debating about this.  Don’t you think something like this should have been enacted long back? Hey, I am not the only one asking myself such a question and there is a boatload of citizens, actually plane loads, have already ganged up and working to get the congress to enact a passenger’s bill of rights. Wondering what can you as an individual and as a concerned citizen can do to make this happen? You can add your voice to the chorus by signing the petition here.  Or send a note to Secretary LaHood thanking him for this bold action.  Alternatively, you can write about it on your blog or send this article via a tweet to your network… Simply, JUST  DO SOMETHING but don’t sit on your derriere!

Lost and Found! Runaway school boy rides NYC subways for 11 days fearing scolding at home

November 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm

(Source: New York Times)

Day after day, night after night, Francisco Hernandez Jr. rode the subway. He had a MetroCard, $10 in his pocket and a book bag on his lap. As the human tide flowed and ebbed around him, he sat impassively, a gangly 13-year-old boy in glasses and a redAfter getting in trouble in class in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and fearing another scolding at home, he had sought refuge in the subway system. He removed the battery from his cellphone. “I didn’t want anyone to scream at me,” he said.

All told, Francisco disappeared for 11 days last month — a stretch he spent entirely in subway stations and on trains, he says, hurtling through four boroughs. And somehow he went undetected, despite a round-the-clock search by his panicked parents, relatives and family friends, the police and the Mexican Consulate.

Since Oct. 26, when a transit police officer found him in a Coney Island subway station, no one has been able to fully explain how a boy could vanish for so long in a busy train system dotted with surveillance cameras and fliers bearing his photograph. hoodie, speaking to no one.

Francisco told the paper that he spent his time on three subway lines, the D, F and 1, and would ride the trains until the last stop then hop on the next one going back the other way.  He ate whatever he could afford from subway newsstands, like potato chips and jellyrolls, then neatly folded the wrappers and saved them in his backpack, while drinking bottled water. He drank bottled water. He used the bathroom in the Stillwell Avenue station in Coney Island.

Otherwise, he says, he slipped into a kind of stupor, sleeping much of the time, his head on his book bag. “At some point I just stopped feeling anything,” he recalled.

Six days after Francisco’s disappearance, on Oct. 21, the case shifted from the police precinct to the Missing Persons Squad, and the search intensified. A police spokeswoman explained that a precinct must complete its preliminary investigation before the squad takes over. The squad’s focus then turned to the subway. Officers blanketed the system with their own signs, rode trains and briefed station attendants.

About 6 a.m. on Oct. 26, the police said, a transit officer stood on the D train platform at the Stillwell Avenue station studying a sign with Francisco’s photo. He turned and spotted a dirty, emaciated boy sitting in a stopped train. “He asked me if I was Francisco,” the boy recalled. “I said yes.”

Asked later how it felt to hear about the work that had gone into finding him, Francisco said he was not sure. “Sometimes I don’t know how I feel,” he said. “I don’t know how I express myself sometimes.”

Apart from leg cramps, he was all right physically, and returned to school a week later. But Ms. García said she was still trying to learn how to manage her son’s condition.

Click here to read the entire story.

Federal Job Opening – Communications and Outreach Specialist @ ITS Joint Program Office

November 24, 2009 at 10:36 am
SALARY RANGE: 102,721.00 – 133,543.00 USD /year OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 to Friday, December 11, 2009
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0301-14/14 POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 14 DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations:   Washington, DC
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: To qualify, you must either:

  • Be a current or former federal employee with
  • OR

  • Be a veteran who qualifies under

Mission Focused Mission Focused: Attracting applicants who want a work environment that welcomes all motivations, from general service commitment to a specific passion.
Flexible Arrangements Flexible Arrangements: Attracting applicants who want a work environment that welcomes and accommodates traditional and flexible work arrangements.


Real solutions to meet genuine challenges. Innovative ideas to take on growing realities. That’s the Federal Highway Administration – Leaders in Paving the Way on the Road to Success.

This position is located in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), and serves as the Communications and Outreach Specialist within the ITS Knowledge Transfer and Policy (KTP) Team. As such, you will be responsible for and will be a national expert in leading and coordinating communications and outreach activities for the ITS JPO as a whole and advising and assisting individual program managers with related activities for their programs. Maintaining liaisons and networks with national transportation trade press and outreach communities and helping research program managers build and coordinate stakeholder relationships are important aspects of your responsibilities. You will coordinate all publications, web publishing, articles, press releases, conference events, and other external communications activities of the ITS JPO. You will work with the RITA’s Government, International and Public Affairs Office (GIP), supporting Administration-wide communications initiatives for the ITS JPO. Responsibilities support the ITS JPO in accomplishing core objectives of transferring research results into practice.

The Communications and Outreach Specialist will work with the other members of the KTP Team, including the Team Lead and the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Program Manager, to execute a coordinated program of knowledge transfer, policy, and communications for the Office, and has primary responsibility for communications and outreach related activities. Works through contracts, agreements, and liaisons with other offices and program managers to accomplish the program of work. Ability to work in a matrixed team environment and with external stakeholders and to manage and oversee contracts are critical components of the position.

The ideal candidate has experience supporting communications and outreach in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry such as for a Federal agency, State Department of Transportation with a major ITS program or for a national association with a related focus. Experience should include dealing with unique challenges, key stakeholders, and terminology used within the ITS industry.


  • You must be eligible for status consideration & meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide ALL required documents by closing date (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Job also advertised open to all U.S. Citizens see FHWA.JPO-2010-0002
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

Click here to learn more about the position.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – November 23, 2009

November 24, 2009 at 12:31 am

Monday, November 23, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Airline Web Sites Battle for Fewer Customers

Link to article on MarketWatch:

2) United’s LineBusters Keep Lines Moving

Link to article in USA Today:


3) Lack of Backup Foils Virginia’s New IT System

State DMV and DOT suffer numerous outages.

Link to article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:


4) Marketing Helps Vermont Train Ridership

Link to article in the Burlington Free Press:

Link to further information from Vermont Rail Action Network:


5) High-Tech Babysitters Get Drivers Off Phone

Link to article in The New York Times:

6) Intelligent Transportation System Hits Roadblock in Kansas

Link to story and video on KAKE-TV:

7) Shortage Slows a Program to Detect Nuclear Bombs

Link to article in The New York Times:

8) New Web Site Launched for Forth Road Bridge

Link to article in Queensferry Today:

Link to site:


9) Overland Trains to Accept Oyster Card

Link to BBC News story:

Link to news release from the City of London:

10) Zambian Transporters Urged to Display RTSA Number to Facilitate Passenger Communication

Link to article in the Times of Zambia:

11) The Days May be Grim, but Here’s a Good Word to Put In Your Pocket

Link to article in The New York Times:

Link to further information from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority:

12) Eyes on the Street: Is This Our Stop? Signage Shortcomings on Muni Metro

Link to blog on Streetsblog San Francisco:


13) Dublin Firm Starts Ireland’s First Real-Time Traffic Information System

Link to article in The Sunday Business Post:

Link to further information from iTraffic:

14) Australian Government to Begin ‘Smart Infrastructure’ Inquiry

Link to article in the Queensland Business Review:


15) How Crash Tests Help Bring Traffic Deaths Down

Link to story and audio report on NPR’s Morning Edition:

16) New Custom Texas Car Plates Offer Range of Colors, Themes

Link to article in the Star-Telegram:

Link to news release from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles:

News Releases

1) Successful eCall Demonstration by Qualcomm and Hughes Telematics

2) NOAA Installs System to Improve Safety and Efficiency of Ships along the Cherry Point Reach in Washington State

3) FAA Takes Aim at Icing with New Ice Protection Proposal

4) Beat the Traffic Announces New BlackBerry Application

5) Web Site Spells Relief for Holiday Travelers on the East Coast

6) United Airlines Introduces Try-Before-You-Buy Wi-Fi Promotion

7) Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Introduces Online Noise and Flight Tracking Tool

8) GE Aviation Acquires Leader in Performance-Based Navigation


–  Request for Proposals – Safety Patrol – E-470 Public Highway Authority

Upcoming Events

Consumer Telematics Seminar 2010 – January 6 – Las Vegas

Today in Transportation History

1809 **200th anniversary** – Pirate Edward Jordan was hung in Nova Scotia.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – November 20, 2009

November 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

Friday, November 20, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Coverage of FAA Computer Problems

–  FAA Glitch Impacted Military Air Defense

Link to ABC News story and video:

–  FAA Computer Failure Reflects Growing Burden on Systems

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

–  FAA Glitch Shines Spotlight on Troubled Telco Project

Link to article in Computer World

–  FAA or Your Car: Whose Computer Has More Muscle?

Link to ABC News story and video:

2) FAA: Unmanned and Commercial Aircraft Don’t Mix

Link to article in Network World:

3) Bill Seeks to Allow Airlines Access to Cockpit Conversations

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

4) Air Canada Tests In-flight Internet Service

Link to Reuters article:

Link to news release from Air Canada:


5) Bing Maps China Grows with New Features

Link to article on Softpedia:

Link to further information from Microsoft:

Link to Bing Maps China:

6) The Art of Maps

What can artists do with maps? What makes maps such a unique art form?

Link to audio recording of Weekday on KUOW Radio:


7) Seattle DOT Talks Snow on Facebook

Link to article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Link to SDOT Winter Weather Facebook page:


8) US Government Wants Speedy Screening at More Airports

Link to AP article:

Link to notice in the Federal Register:

9) Tiburon, California to Record Every Car Coming and Going

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Link to further information from the Town of Tiburon:


10) Why Weren’t Toronto Transit Riders Alerted to Shutdown?

Link to article in the Toronto Star:–why-weren-t-ttc-riders-alerted-to-shutdown

11) Feds Publish New Special Education Transportation FAQs

Link to article in School Transportation News:

Link to questions and answers from the US Department of Education:


12) Bob Marbourgh is Still Driven by His Passion

Veteran DC traffic reporter marks 30-years on-the-air.

Link to article in The Washington Post:

13) Speech by Australian Minister for Transport to Australian ITS Summit

Link to speech on Australia.TO:


14) Volt Drive: Great Ride, Interesting Interior and a Friendly Chirp

Electric vehicle is virtually silent so a chirp sound warns pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence.

Link to column on CNBC:

Link to video:

News Releases

1) National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management Celebrates Second Anniversary

2) Bus Users Get Mobile with Arriva M-ticketing Launch

3) North Dakota DOT Provides Wireless Internet at Visitors’ Centers and Rest Areas

4) Smart Cities and Communities, Performance-Based Transportation System Needed to Solve US Congestion, Safety and Environmental Challenge

5) US and EU Join Forces for Cooperative Systems

6) TNO’s Connected Traveler Workshop

Upcoming Events

Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference & Annual Meeting – January 26-28 – Washington, DC

Friday Bonus

Signs which have lost their original meaning.

Today in Transportation History

1984 **25th anniversary** – The SETI Institute was founded.  The institute searches for extraterrestrial intelligence by listening for radio signals from space.


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