Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Monday, December 6, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057



1) EU Moves Towards a Single Sky

Link to article in The Financial:

2) Utah Airport Uses Radar in Wildlife Assessment

Link to AP article:


3) Ridgeland, South Carolina Mayor Blasts Newspapers, Defends Use of Highway Traffic Cameras

Link to article and video in The Beaufort Gazette:


4) ‘EZ’ Go: Massachusetts Turnpike to Lose $500,000

With turnpike now under state control, bank sponsorship of electronic toll lanes must end.

Link to article in the Boston Herald:


5) Crash Hurts Russia Satellite Challenge to US GPS

Link to Reuters article:

6) After Lorries, Indian Buses Need to Install GPS

Link to article in The Times of India:


7) A Whole New Name Game

Parks, transit, schools consider corporate monikers in bid to plug budget gaps.

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:

8) How Hyperlocal Media are Taking Urban Planning to the Streets

Link to article in Next American City:


9) Spending Big on Safety

BNSF’s accident rate dropped 28% in the past decade, and collision-related fatalities dropped 42%.

Link to article in the Star Tribune:


10) Mississippi DOT Tries New Truck Weigh Plan

The $3.5 Million Smart Roadside System can weigh trucks as they’re moving, check records.

Link to article in The Clarion-Ledger:

11) Sign, Sign, Nowhere is a Sign Warning Delaware Motorists of New Texting Law

Link to commentary in The News Journal:


12) High-Tech Measures to Stop Wrong-Way Cars

Link to article and videos in Newsday:

13) South African Railway Police Refuse ACs in CCTV Monitor Room, Saying They’ll Put Them to Sleep

Link to article in Mid Day:

14) TSA Blog Fights Back Against Satire

Link to column on CNET News:

Link to The TSA Blog:


15) Fort Worth Pastors Call for Bus Boycott Over Signs

Link to article in the Star-Telegram:

16) GPS Technology Set to Speed Up Bus Ride in Austin, Texas

Link to story and video on KXAN-TV:

17) What Makes the Wi-Fi Bus Successful?

Link to article in Mass Transit:

18) Transit Systems Move to Mobile Tech

Link to article in the International Business Times:


19) Officials Analyze New York Thruway Snow Woes

Stakeholders say improved interagency coordination and better information sharing to and from drivers would help.

Link to article in The Buffalo News:

20) Travel-Time Signs Ruled Out on Alberta Highway

Link to article in the Calgary Herald:

21) Seeing the Big Picture: New Fiber Optic Network Gives Engineers a Better Look at Phoenix-Area Traffic

Link to article in MAGAZine: (page 11)

22) New Electronic System on I-95 Will Aid Treasure Coast Motorists in Florida

Link to editorial in The Stuart News:

23) Kyiv, Ukraine to Commission Computer-Based System for Managing Traffic in 2011

Link to Ukrainian News Agency article:


24) Electric Steering Creates Opportunities for Driver Assistance

Link to article on just-auto:

News Releases

1) Snow and Traffic: University of Buffalo Transportation Project Could Help Region Better Manage Traffic During Bad Weather


3) Sensys Networks, Inc. Releases Arterial Travel Time 2.0

4) Fujitsu Develops Wide-Area Traffic Simulator Featuring Virtual Driving Experience

5) Acquisition of Com-Net Strengthens SITA’s Lead in Airport Technology Market Globally

6) City of Calgary Launches Road Conditions Map

Upcoming Events

American Bus Association Marketplace & Product Pavilion – January 8-12 – Philadelphia


Today in Transportation History

1990 **20th anniversary** An Aermacchi MB.326 crashed into a school in Casalecchio di Reno, Italy.  Twelve students were killed.


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This is What Progressive, Forward thinking Societies Do – Snow Clearing for Bikes in Copenhagen

December 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

(Source: Copenhagenize via Treehugger)

Bike Lane Snowplough

Image courtesy: Mikael Colville-Andersen via

This one image says a thousand words, and many of them indicate how a society is thoughtful, accommodative, encouraging and appreciative of its citizens’ efforts to use alternative modes of transportation, even during the punishing winter weather conditions.    Our beloved bike blogger, Mikael Colville-Andersen at, writes about the snow-removal practices in Copenhagen, Denmark,  where the focus is also given not only to travel lanes for cars and trucks but also for those bike lanes in the city.  Copenhagen,  as many of us know, has one of the highest number of bicycle commuters, who regularly use these bike lanes to get around the city.  You may ask but why snow-removal for bike lanes is a priority in the winter? Here is what Mikael has to say on his blog about this:

The result? Clear channels on which the bicycle traffic can move. Prioritizing the bike lanes is, of course, a great and necessary way to encourage people to ride bicycles all through the year. On the other hand, it is also a practical necessity. If the bicycle lanes weren’t cleared, a whole lot of people on the day after a snowstorm wouldn’t ride.Tens of thousands. They would seek alternatives. Cars, perhaps, but mostly public transport. Imagine the complications of having tens of thousands of people suddenly show up at train stations and bus stops. A logistical nightmare. So keeping the bike lanes clear is an important factor in keeping Copenhagen moving.

Hope other cities, especially the ones in the US (DC/NYC) realize the importance of keeping the snow off the bike lanes. Click here to read Mikael’s blog post and a few more awesome pictures from his collection.

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Budget Crisis? Not in California – State buys its lawmakers Lexus Hybrid to drive around

December 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Hey, now I know why folks fight so hard to win their elections in California.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers enjoy a perk that seems like a luxurious amenity in a state that has been slashing billions of dollars from its budget: taxpayer-provided cars.

The state purchases cars for lawmakers to drive around their districts and the capital under a decades-old program, spending more than $5 million for the latest suite of vehicles that includes a $55,000 Cadillac sedan and a $52,000 Lexus hybrid.

Lawmakers are enjoying the benefit at a time when the state is in a financial mess and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called legislators into a special session next week to address a $6 billion deficit. Lawmakers already have cut programs such as adult dental care and health care programs for children from low-income families, and more cuts are likely on the way.

Taxpayers spent $3.5 million to buy the 99 vehicles lawmakers use when they visit their home districts.

The Assembly spent another $1.4 million to buy 49 Toyota Camry Hybrids for 51 lawmakers who live far from the state capital and use the vehicles when they are in Sacramento. The Senate spends an additional $81,000 a year to lease 25 vehicles for senators’ use in Sacramento.

Their rides range from a $9,900 2004 Toyota Prius to a $55,000 Cadillac STS. The state spent an average of $35,250 on all vehicles lawmakers use in their districts.



Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Friday, December 3, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) EU Limits on Information Sharing Hinder Air Security: US Officials

Link to Dow Jones Newswires article:


2) New Automated Phone Line to Address Las Cruces, New Mexico Traffic Cameras

Link to article in the Las Cruces Sun-News:


3) EU to Create Database to Track and Fine Drivers Regardless of the State of Origin of Violation

Link to article on autoevolution:

4) ITS Japan News: The 5th Japan ITS Promotion Forum

Link to article from ERTICO:

5) iMobility Newsletter – November Issue Online

Link to newsletter from ERTICO:


6) Portland, Maine Pedestrians to be Guided from Above

FHWA and Maine DOT testing sensors to trigger crossing signals when people approach.

Link to story and video on WCSH-TV:

Link to additional information from Migma Systems:


7) Concerns About Mountain Vistas Lead South Carolina DOT to Drop Plan for Warning Sign

Link to article in The Greenville News:

8) Street Sign Squabble is MUTCD Ado About Nothing

Link to blog in Wired:


9) National Maritime Domain Awareness Grid to be Set Up for Coastal Security: India Navy

Link to article on Zee News:


10) Telematics Comes of Age

Advances in technology, consumer acceptance are enabling insurers to offer more pay-as-you-go offerings.

Link to article in Insurance Networking News:


11) Baltimore Circulator’s Misleading Message Blindsides Rider

Link to blog in The Baltimore Sun:


12) New York Thruway to Review Evacuation Plans After Snowstorm

Link to article and video in The Buffalo News:

13) Social Media Tackles Traffic

Link to blog in Wired:


14) US DOT Offers New Rules for Rear Visibility in Cars

Rearview cameras could become more common to prevent backing over children.

Link to AP article:

Link to news release from US DOT:

News Releases

1) Ford to Complete Rear Camera Roll-Out on Nearly All Models

Upcoming Events

Webinar: ITS and the New World of Performance Measures – December 7

Friday Bonus

A pedestrian warning with attitude.

Today in Transportation History

1910 **100th anniversary** Georges Claude demonstrated neon tubes, in their modern form, for the first time at the Paris Motor Show.


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Another “Made in China” effort enters the record books at 302mph – China claims new high-speed record for passenger train

December 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

(Source: AFP via Yahoo)

A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.

The Xinhua News Agency said it was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train. Other types of trains in other countries have traveled faster.

A specially modified French TGV train reached 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) during a 2007 test, while a Japanese magnetically levitated train sped to 361 mph (581 kph) in 2003.

State television footage showed the sleek white train whipping past green farm fields in eastern China. It reached the top speed on a segment of the 824-mile (1,318-kilometer) -long line between Zaozhuang city in Shandong province and Bengbu city in Anhui province, Xinhua said.

Click here to read the entire article.

Note: I can’t help myself marvel at how different the conditions are for High Speed Rail deployment in two different ends of the globe – China vs. USA.  Here is a story that outlines how a  political game played in Washington is wreaking havoc to any chances of deploying a successful high-speed rail network.  While American politicians are embroiled in petty politics, Beijing’s communist rulers have already bought into he value of investing in such a network, especially with an exploding demand for transportation in the decades ahead as the nation’s wealth increases, and are determined to show their commitment to a successful, wide-spread deployment.  It makes one thing clear  – we in the West are not really lacking in ideas and ambitions; our pitfalls (and therefore the poor performance in a competitive economy) are in our inability to come together and look at common good beyond party lines. Somehow we managed to convince, not just the nation but the entire world, a $744+Billions war  (an utterly unprovoked and unnecessary war whose costs are still climbing at a giddying pace) is worth bleeding for in terms of national security.  But somehow we are not willing to look past our differences to come together and execute a project that is only going to make us better. Why are our politicians adamant to not realize that such modern infrastructure projects are good for our nation’s economic security in the long run? Oh well, its gotta be the Democracy that we are trying to export as a successful model.

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Beefing Up For More Bikes – Copenhagen plans super highways … for bikes

December 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

(Source: AFP via Yahoo)

Copenhagen, one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, has begun turning its extensive network of cycle paths into bike highways in an effort to push more commuters to leave their cars at home.

Considered one of Europe’s two “bicycle capitals” along with Amsterdam, Copenhagen counts more bicycles than people and cycling is so popular that its numerous bike paths can become congested.

Two-wheeler traffic jams are especially regular on the main Noerrebrogade thoroughfare used by around 36,000 cyclists a day.

  • The currently jammed bike paths will be widened up to four metres (yards) on either side of the road, which will itself will be reserved for buses only.
  • The goal is to hike the percentage of suburban commuters cycling to and from the city from the 37 percent it is today to over 50 percent by 2015.
  • Within the city, 55 percent of all commuters already travel by bike, according to the municipality.
  • Already Copenhagen stands out among other European capitals for its cycling infrastructure, counting more than 390 kilometres (242 miles) of bike paths.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, it spent 250 million kroner (33.6 million euros) in bike infrastructure and an extra 75 million kroner were allotted for 2011.
  • The first two city-to-suburb bicycle highways are due to open at the end of 2011 and reach a distance of 15 kilometres from central Copenhagen, while a third, going as far as 20 kilometres from the capital’s centre, will be put into service in 2012.

Click here to read the entire story.

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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – December 2, 2010

December 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thursday, December 2, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) US Faces Obstacles in Upgrading Air Traffic Control: Study

Link to Dow Jones Newswires article:

2) Pilots Find iPads Useful in the Cockpit

Link to story and video on KHOU-TV:


3) Drivers Ticketed During Bay Bridge Standoff

Motorists fined for turning around at toll plaza will have tickets dismissed.

Link to article in The Examiner:


4) Kiosks Let Travelers Skip Long Passport Control Lines

Link to article in the Houston Chronicle:


5) Wisconsin Rail Debate Ascends (or Descends) to Social Media

Link to blog in BizTimes Milwaukee:


6) New Traffic System May Stop Accidents

Rural Intersection Collision Avoidance System tells drivers when it’s not safe to cross highway.

Link to article in The Badger Herald:

7) Seattle Hands Out Bright Umbrellas to Decrease Collisions

Link to story on KIRO Radio:

Link to further information from Seattle DOT:


8) Toronto Transit Commission Info a Perk for Riders at Coffee Shop

Link to article in the Toronto Star:–ttc-info-a-perk-for-riders-at-coffee-shop


9) Your Stolen Vehicle May be Just a Tweet Away

Link to article in The Seattle Times:

Link to Seattle Police Twitter feed:

10) Apple Makes Motion Toward Home and Car Automation

Link to article in Electronic House:

News Releases

1) Kansas City Southern Launches New Branding Initiative Honoring Unique Legacy and Embracing the Future of Rail Transportation

2) US DOT Awards $1.54 Million Grant to Railroad Research Foundation for Hazardous Materials Routing Tool

3) Boingo Expands Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement with T-Mobile USA to Include Airports and Ferries

4) Volvo Trucks Encourages Freight Transportation Solutions; Launches Web Site

5) Sydney Metrobus SMS Trial to Provide Next Bus Service Information


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Upcoming Events

1st International ICST Conference on Green Intelligent Future Transport Systems – March 16-18 – Athens, Greece

Today in Transportation History

1970 **40th anniversary** The United States Environmental Protection Agency began operations.


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Transportation-related Side-Events at the UN Climate Change Conference, Cancun Mexico

December 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm

(Source: Bridging the Gap)

The latest edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference CoP 16 opened its doors in Cancun, Mexico on November 29th  (duration – Nov 29th thru Dec 10) and our friends at Transport 2012 have created a compilation of side-events related to transportation issues at this conference.  Transportgooru is glad to share this with its readers (hoping some of you are already in Cancun, Mexico attending this event). Please check the Transport2012 website for an updated list:

Bridging the Gap: Pathways for Transport in the Post 2012 Process‘ is an initiative of GTZ, TRL, UITP, ITDP and Veolia Transport created to tackle CO2emissions from land transport and to integrate this major contributor to climate change into the international climate negotiation process. Click here to learn more about Bridging the Gap.

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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – December 1, 2010

December 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Boeing, IBM Create Real-Time Aviation Analysis System

Link to blog on ZDNet:

2) Integration of Current Implementation Efforts with Long-Term Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:


3) Canadian Man Ends Up Behind Bars Following GPS Directions

Link to article in the Sun Journal:

4) South African Transport Ministry Roots for Installation of GPS Gadgets on All Cars

Link to article in Business Daily:


5) Latest Issue of Intellimotion Online

Includes articles on transit traveler information tool, BRT assessment, and automated platoon testing.

Link to newsletter:


6) ExpressPark Aims to Give Smarts to Downtown Los Angeles’ Parking Spots

Link to article on


7) Russian Railway to Test Ticket Payments by NFC-Enabled Mobile Phones

Link to article on cellular-news:


8) US Transportation Secretary Backs Away from Street Sign Regulation

Link to AP article:


9) Survey: Texting While Driving Getting Worse in Texas

Link to AP article:


10) Delhi has to Wait for Smart Traffic System

Link to article in the Hindustan Times:


11) ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ License Plates Become a Growing Trend in the US

Link to story on Fox News:

12) Europe vs. America: Which Will Win the Battle for In-Car Wi-Fi?

Link to article on Social Car News:

News Releases

1) Clear Channel Airports Escalates Brand Awareness with Escalator Handrail Ads at Chicago O’Hare

2) Rail Safety and Awareness Campaign Launches in North Carolina

3) Kapsch TrafficCom Acquires Mark IV IVHS Creating Leadership in ITS

4) Smart Dummies Save Lives

5) GPS Not Working? A Shoe Radar May Help You Find Your Way

6) SK Telecom Rolls Out World’s First Commercial Mobile in Vehicle in China

7) Beat the Traffic Introduces Android Application

8) University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Honored for Traffic Safety Work

Upcoming Events

Passenger Terminal Expo 2011 – March 29-31 – Copenhagen

Today in Transportation History

1955 **55th anniversary** Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white male passenger triggering a bus boycott.

1960 **50th anniversary** Korabl-Sputnik 3 (aka Sputnik 6) was launched by the USSR.  The spacecraft carried two dogs which died on re-entry.


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