Transportation Communications Newsletter

August 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm


Tuesday, August 3, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057



IBTTA 78th Annual Meeting & Exhibition — Register Today! Early Bird Discount Ends August 22, 2010

Come to San Diego, September 12-15, 2010, for IBTTA’s 78th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the year’s most highly-anticipated learning and networking event — attracting more than 700 toll industry experts and decision makers from across the globe. Under the theme, Sustainable Transportation, the technical program offers tracks focused on innovation, policy, the economy, and the California tolling experience. Hosted by the California Toll Operators Committee (CTOC), this event features interactive seminars, influential speakers, technical tours and special events, informative exhibits and more! Customized sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available. Visit IBTTA’s website for details.

CARTOGRAPHY

1) Bing Maps Gets Taxi Fare Calculator

Link to blog on ARS Technica:

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/08/never-be-surprised-again-bing-maps-gets-taxi-fare-calculator.ars

OTHER

2) US DOT Employees Now Have an ‘IdeaHub’ to Voice Ideas and Concerns

Link to article in The Press of Atlantic City:

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/article_403636fa-9f05-11df-af2a-001cc4c002e0.html

3) Articles from Public Roads

IntelliDrive: Safer, Smarter, Greener

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/10julaug/04.cfm

- Transportation Lessons from Central Europe

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/10julaug/01.cfm

4) Give Me a Sign

A photographer’s artwork also serves as a fun game for truckers.

Link to article in RoadKing:

http://roadking.com/2010/07/give-me-a-sign-2/

PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION

5) Pennsylvania Governor to Take a Bus to Ask Citizen Support for Transportation Funds

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10215/1077147-147.stm

ROADWAYS

6) Will Texas Stadium Signs Lead to Super Confusion?

Texas DOT says the signs won’t be taken down anytime soon even though stadium was demolished over three months ago and Super Bowl happens in February.

Link to story on KXAS-TV:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/traffic/transit/Signs-Remain-Long-After-Stadium-Implosion-99844224.html

7) Keeping Roads Clear of Deer

Utah DOT implementing program that uses dual-sensory deterrents to keep deer from wandering onto roads while cars are driving by.

Link to article in Governing:

http://www.governing.com/idea-center/keeping-roads-clear-deer.html

SAFETY / SECURITY

8) ‘NEED Help!': Biker’s Twitter Followers Call for Ambulance

Link to article in USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-08-03-twitterrescue03_st_N.htm

TRANSIT

9) DC Metro to Add Signs on How to Contact Cops

Link to article in The Examiner:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Metro-to-add-signs-on-how-to-contact-cops-1006027-99662959.html

10) DC Metro Fare Hikes Delayed Until Fare Signs are Updated

Link to article in The Examiner:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Metro-fare-hikes-delayed-until-fare-signs-are-updated-1006723-99801234.html

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

11) Police Department Goes High-Tech in Hubli and Dharwad with Opening of Traffic Management Center

Link to article in The Times of India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Police-dept-goes-hi-tech-in-twin-cities/articleshow/6253417.cms

12) Innovation, Technology Hold Promise for Cutting Congestion

Link to article by Texas Governor Rick Perry in The Steering Wheel:

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1ogph/TheSteeringWheelSpri/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yudu.com%2Fitem%2Fdetails%2F191722%2FThe-Steering-Wheel—Spring-Summer-2010-Issue (page 45)

VEHICLES

13) Volvo’s Self-Stopping Car

Automaker has a new system that automatically brakes before your car hits pedestrians.

Link to article in Forbes:

http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/02/autos-brakes-pedestrians-technology-volvo.html

14) Driverless Cars Just Around the Corner

Link to article in The Kansas City Star:

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/02/2124104/driverless-cars-to-hit-the-streets.html

15) Testing iPhone 4 FaceTime with Chrysler’s In-Car Wi-Fi

Link to blog on Cars.com:

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2010/08/testing-iphone-4-facetime-with-chryslers-incar-wifi.html

News Releases

1) Navteq Launches Private Beta program for Next Generation Street-Level Imager

2) FMCSA Introduces Cargo Tank Driver Rollover Prevention Video

3) GPS Parking Using Your Mobile Phone

4) Australian Trucking Association: Electronic Truck Monitoring Must be Voluntary

5) CSX Presents $50,000 Gift to Marshall University for Research at the Rahall Transportation Institute

6) EnRoute Announces Strategic Partnership with TrafficLand

7) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Calls for Greater Awareness of Digital Radio

8) One Week and Counting, Seattle: Get to Know Your Smarter Highway Symbols

9) US ITS Market to Top $1.4 Billion in 2010 According to IMS Research

10) US  Department of Transportation Teams with ESPN and State Farm to Go ‘On the Road’ to Wipe Out Distracted Driving

Upcoming Events

The Role of NextGen at Airports – October 3-5 – Denver

http://events.aaae.org/sites/101012/

Today in Transportation History

1900 **110th anniversary** The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio.

http://bridgestone-firestone.ca/eng/history/default.asp

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