Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – March 23, 2010

March 24, 2010 at 10:52 am

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) A Vote to Replace Radar

Link to article in The New York Times:

2) Airport Device Follows Fliers’ Phones

TSA could use technology to track time spent in security lines.

Link to article in USA Today:

3) Air-Traffic Controllers Earn Praise for a Calm Assist

Link to column in The Washington Post:

4) e-Media: A Look at Web-Based Customer Service and Marketing Solutions

Link to article in Airport Business:—Media–A-look-at-Web-based-customer-service-and-marketing-solutions-/1$34757

5) In-Air Advertising Soars with Branded Snack Bags on Delta

In-airport advertising also growing.

Link to article on MediaBuyerPlanner:


6) Fury as Google Puts the SAS’s Secret Base on Street View in ‘Very Serious Security Breach’

Link to article in the Daily Mail:


7) Cash Tolls on Miami-Dade Expressways Will Soon be Electronic

Link to article in The Miami Herald:


8) Three New GLONASS Satellites Activated

Link to article in GPS World:


9) Washington State Ferry Riders Can Use HERO Line to Report Line Cutters

Link to article in The Seattle Times:


10) Flinc Will Turn Your Car Into a Taxi (Fare Included)

Link to CNET News blog:


11) The Future of… Parking

Link to video on ZDNet:


12) Florida Road System to Warn of Panthers

Link to article in The News-Press:


13) More Cities Ban Digital Billboards

Link to article in USA Today:

14) Cell Restriction Included in Proposed Commercial Motor Vehicle Texting Ban

Link to article in Land Line:

15) Drones May be Sent Soon to Help with US-Mexico Border Security, DHS Secretary Says

Link to article in The Dallas Morning News:


16) Motolingo Brings Telematics to Clunkers

Link to CNET News column:


17) An Easier Way to Use Bus Tracker

DePaul University puts tracking information on public displays around campuses.

Link to article in the Chicago Sun-Times:,CST-NWS-ride22.article


18) Pune Municipal Corporation’s Intelligent Transport System Draws Flak

Link to Express News Service article:

19) Bangalore’s Traffic Nightmare

Technology may help commuters.

Link to article and video on GlobalPost:

20) RAC Traffic Review

Link to review on Know Your Mobile:

21) Hey Los Angeles Metro, How About Some Accurate Information?

Link to blog on KTLA-TV:


22) Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch on Toyota’s PR Disaster

Link to CNBC video:

News Releases

1) Federal Railroad Administration Launches a New, Innovative Train Simulator to Improve Research Efforts

2) NTSB Chairman Highlights Runway Safety and Human Fatigue in Address to Air Traffic Controllers

3) Indiana DOT Partners with Broadcasters to Make Traffic Video Available

4) Thousands in UK Tune In to Non-Stop Travel News on Their Mobile Phone

5) University of Alabama at Birmingham Testing Software Program to Improve Safety Among Older Drivers

6) ZoomSafer Enables Drivers to Send and Receive Voice-Powered Texts and E-mails

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Experience from Others: How to Successfully Apply the ITS Knowledge Resources for Decision Making – April 15

Today in Transportation History

1965 **45th anniversary** Gemini-3, the first two-person NASA space flight, was launched.


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