Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010 at 9:07 am

Monday, April 26, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

One Week Away from the ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston!

There’s still time to register for ITS America’s 20th Annual Meeting and Exposition, May 3 -5! The final program is now available, and includes more than 50 sessions filled with industry experts tackling the hottest transportation issues today. The conference will also feature a 150,000 square-foot exhibit hall featuring the best of ITS technology and products, and high-tech demos, including an 18-wheeler roll-over demonstrating the latest in incident response.

After the Closing Plenary, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will convene a U.S. DOT Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Meeting to solicit the views of key stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of surface transportation programs.  The meeting is scheduled from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. See you in Houston!


1) FAA Wants No Pilot Distractions

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Link to news release from the Federal Aviation Administration:

2) Displays on Jets’ Windshields Boost Safety, Study Finds

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

3) Atlantic City Airport Named Test Site for New System that Speeds Important Updates to Pilots

Link to article in The Press of Atlantic City:


4) MapQuest Introduces Free GPS App for Apple iPhone

Link to article in The Christian Science Monitor:


5) Satellite Navigation, Mobile Phone Network Can Enhance Trains’ Safety

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6) Illinois Accident’s Lesson: Don’t Trust Railway Signals

Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:


7) Virginia Considers Banning Cell Phones in Work Zones

Link to article in Roads & Bridges:


8) 23 EU Countries to Join eCall Initiative, Malta Still Absent

Link to article in The Malta Independent:

9) 3-D Technology Helps Emergency Responders Observe Origins of 911 Calls

Link to article in Government Technology:

10) In Chicago Cabs, More Cameras Will be Along for Ride

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,1240545.story


11) Inside NASA’s World-Class Supercomputer Center

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12) Telematics Enable Smarter Driver and Auto Dealer Services

Link to article on SPEC:


13) ORCA Card Frustrates Some Puget Sound Transit Riders

Link to article on seattlepi:

14) Caltrain Joins Translink Regional Transit Ticketing System

Link to story and audio report on KCBS Radio:

15) Cool Transit Apps Come Down the Pike as New York MTA Loosens Restrictions

Link to article in amNew York

16) Metra Derails Wi-Fi for Now

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:

17) A Dashboard for DC’s Metro

Link to article on Nextgov:


18) Smarter Highways – Information the Key to Keep Washington State Moving

Link to article and video in the Issaquah Reporter:

19) Jakarta Traffic Police Getting Hip to Twitter, Facebook in Bid to Improve Services

Link to article in the Jakarta Globe:

20) Canadian Oil Firm Uses Digital Signage to Give Ultra-Local Info to Heavy Vehicle Drivers

Link to article on


21) New Technology Lets Drivers Steer Car with Their Eyes

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News Releases

1) FAA Controllers in Philadelphia Transition to Next Generation Air Transportation System Technology

2) Air Transport Association Launches Newly Redesigned Web Site

3) FCC Chairman Announces Launch of Spectrum Task Force

4) State Highway Safety Agencies Supporting Oprah’s ‘No Phone Zone’ Day

5) Deadline Extended – IRF Third LARC Call for Papers

Upcoming Events

ITS Canada Annual Conference 2010 – June 13-16 – Ottawa

Today in Transportation History

1860 **150th anniversary** The steamboat Alfred T. Lacey, once piloted by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), was destroyed in a fire.


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