Job Alert – Transportation Engineer/Planner – Battelle @ Washington, DC

January 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm
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Integrity, confidence, discipline and commitment define your career in Battelle’s National Security Division.  Battelle was built on a firm foundation of honesty, integrity, and outstanding service and the work we do in national security impacts lives around the world; whether we’re creating armor for military applications, testing a life-saving vaccine, or developing a more efficient hydrogen fuel cell. At Battelle, we reward the best work with more responsibility, positions to grow and develop, and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.  Are YOU ready for your Next Mission?

As part of our National Security Global Business, our Transportation business specializes in improving the factors that are critical to our country’s transportation systems – safety, efficiency, and environmental acceptability. Battelle develops and deploys creative technology solutions to meet challenges faced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, other federal and state transportation agencies, and the commercial transportation industry. We deliver high-value, technology-oriented answers to problems in the areas of highway, aviation, marine, rail, and transit by combining unique capabilities in transportation engineering, technology development and deployment, system safety, regulatory and operations analyses, and human factors.

Our Transportation Research and Engineering group is currently seeking a Transportation Engineer/Planner.   This position will be located in our Washington, DC offices.  Working with Battelle’s transportation staff, the successful candidate will use their solid background in engineering and planning work on national and state-level projects in the area of transportation systems management, highway policy, and intelligent transportation systems to contribute to our  research and technology evaluation programs.

The successful candidate will participate with the members of the Transportation Group in the proposal development, project management and technical analysis associated with planning and conducting transportation technology and policy studies in:

1.     Transportation Systems Management and Operations

2.     Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Research

3.     Transportation Policy

4.     Program Evaluations


  • Graduate Degree in Transportation Engineering,  Transportation Planning or a Transportation-related field, OR an undergraduate degree in Transportation Engineering,  Transportation Planning or a Transportation-related field with 2+ years of directly-relevant experience in similar job description
  • ·Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for both undergraduate and graduate level degrees.
  • Must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a government Security Clearance
  • Ability to execute analyses, design reviews and evaluations of assigned projects using sound engineering principles, adhering to business standards and procedures in accordance with product/ program requirements
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral.  This includes providing a writing sample (if selected for an interview) such as a thesis, research/technical report or other evidence of writing capability.
  • Self starter, able to work independently with a sense of urgency and network effectively to gather data from different sources in a team environment
  • ·Must be a detail-oriented individual, thoughtful and deliberate in your approach to conducting research and analyses.
  • Be an effective listener and contributor at client meetings.  Demonstrated ability to document the pertinent information/action items/opportunities discussed in a client meeting and provide a written summary of that material for management and senior technical staff.  Excellent Microsoft Office software skills (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; also skills in Project preferred)
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and be task focused.  Must be willing to “do what it takes” to get the job done within the allotted timeframe while maintaining the highest levels of quality in the products you produce.


  • Experience in Project Management a plus, including ability to work with Microsoft Project.
  • Formal project management training (i.e., coursework, continuing education, CAPM or PMP certifications) a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research for USDOT a plus.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, employee pension, tuition reimbursement, work/life balance, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation. For more information about our other openings, please visit

Note:  Access the Job Posting Link directly here: (Select “Washington Navy Yard” as the location choice)

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Free Webinar: Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) State of the Practice Assessments

January 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

When: February 9, 2011  @ 1:00–2:30 P.M. Eastern Time

Register for the Webinar


This webinar will summarize findings from two state of the practice assessments conducted for the USDOT‘s AERIS program. The first assessment identified applications that have demonstrated environmental benefits through use of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies. The second assessment focused on techniques that could be used to evaluate the environmental impacts of ITS deployments. The webinar will address the following topics:

  • AERIS State of the Practice Assessments: Chris Pangilinan of USDOT will lead the webinar with an overview of AERIS state-of-the-practice assessments.
  • Findings from the AERIS Applications State-of-the-Practice Assessment: Katie Miller of Noblis will discuss demand and access management applications, eco-driving applications, logistics and fleet management applications, traffic management applications, as well as freight and transit applications. She will also discuss how ITS can potentially support use of alternative fuel vehicles.
  • State of the Practice of Techniques for Evaluating the Environmental Impacts of ITS Deployment: Richard Glassco of Noblis will discuss evaluation techniques in three categories including direct measurements of vehicle emissions and fuel use, infrastructure-based air quality measurements, and modeling.


The transport sector accounts for approximately 28 percent of greenhouse gas in the U.S. Vehicles represent almost 80 percent of transport sector greenhouse gas. ITS can play a vital role in reducing vehicle miles traveled, improving vehicle efficiency, and reducing petroleum consumption—all of which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The AERIS program was launched in 2010 and is currently sponsoring research and working with stakeholders to assess the ways in which real-time transportation system data could improve the operation of the surface transportation network. The AERIS program vision is to generate, capture, and analyze vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure data to create actionable information that allows surface transportation system users and operators to make “green” transportation choices. The program aims to leverage existing and future research, data sets, and technologies to develop, enhance, and model ITS applications that are proven to reduce the negative impacts of transportation on the environment. Another program goal is to explore how AERIS data sets may improve or validate assumptions of environmental and other models.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand AERIS program foundational research activities.
  • Learn more and stimulate creative thinking about potential applications of real-time data to reduce vehicle emissions.
  • Learn about methods to evaluate the environmental benefits of ITS deployment.

Intended Audience:

State and local DOT staff, policy researchers, ITS software and system developers, environmental advocates, consultants, academics, and others with an interest in the potential to use real-time transportation system data to reduce environmental impacts.


Chris Pangilinan, Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration
Chris Pangilinan is the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at USDOT. Prior to joining the USDOT, Chris was a transportation engineer and planner at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the city’s DOT and transit agency. Chris’s work in transit operations and planning while at the SFMTA provides the transit experience that he is able to bring to the AERIS team. He earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Portland State University and his Master’s degree in Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chris is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.


Katie Miller, Lead Sustainability Analyst, Noblis Center for Sustainability
Katie is a Lead Sustainability Analyst within the Noblis Center for Sustainability where she manages projects relating to greenhouse gas emissions issues. Prior to joining Noblis, Katie was a Program Manager for the US General Services Administration (GSA). She led sustainable supply chain initiatives for the agency and served as the lead author for the Executive Order 13514 Section 13 Recommendations for Vendor and Contractor Emissions, including designing an interagency implementation strategy for the recommendations. Her prior experience includes serving as a Senior Program Manager at the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Office of the Federal Environmental Executive and managing the GSA Fleet National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program. Katie holds a Master of Arts in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Millersville University.

Richard Glassco, Principal Systems Modeler, Noblis Transportation Systems Division
Richard Glassco is a Principal Systems Modeler at Noblis, Inc. He has 30 years experience in simulation, modeling, and data analysis, including 17 years in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems. His other specialties are ITS standards, road weather management, and evaluation of safety systems. Before joining Noblis he consulted with the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center. He has a B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Operations Research from George Washington University.

This webinar is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Reference in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by U.S. Department of Transportation.

Register for the Webinar

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Have you seen Scrapertown? A 20-yr old young man’s attempts to keep kids in class with bicycles

January 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm

To say the least, it is very inspiring .  Watching this I came to a conclusion – you don’t really need millions of dollars and big name community leaders to change some of our trouble communities and rid them of crime while trying to keep the young men from straying away from schools.

Oh, here are some requirements for you to be a member of Scrapertown:

  • Be a resident of Oakland, CA.
  • Be at least 7 y/o or older.
  • Retain A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA),
  • Create your own Scraper Bike (It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.)

Here are some other requirements as outlined by the ruler of Scrapertown, Mr. Scraper Bike King:  “A single-file line when riding. After 10 rides The Scraper Bike King and his Captains will decide if your bike is up to standards and if you can follow simple guidelines. After your evaluation we will consider you a member and honor you with an Original Scraper Bike Team Shirt. Only worn when Mobbin’ Stay posted to our website for all upcoming Scraper Bike Rides…”

Awesome .

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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Monday, January 31, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Hologram Welcomes Manchester Airport Passengers

Link to BBC News story and video:

2) Money at Center of American Airlines’ Battle with Online Ticket Sellers

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,6952497.story


3) Victoria Police Minister Vows to Lift Secrecy on Speed Camera Network

Link to article in the Herald Sun:

4) Costa Rica Traffic Cameras May be Used to Control Bus Schedules

Link to article on Insidecostarica:

5) New Speed Camera System on London Road is ‘UK First’

Link to BBC News story:

Link to news release from Transport for London:


6) Liquid Radio

America’s navy is developing an antenna made of seawater.

Link to article in The Economist:


7) TV in Ohio DOT Headquarters Cafeteria Changed from CNN to Fox News Under New Administration

Link to column in the Plain Dealer: (scroll down for story)


8) Click to Share a Ride and Toll on 520 Bridge in Washington State

Link to article in The Seattle Times:

9) Lack of Traffic Signs Causing Accidents in Islamabad

Link to Associated Press of Pakistan article:

10) Firm to Catalog Billboards Throughout Illinois

Link to article in The State Journal-Register:


11) US Eyeing a Global ‘Trusted Shipper’ Program

Link to AP article:

12) Twitter, Facebook are Part of New US Terror Alert System

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

Link to National Terrorism Advisory System Twitter page:

13) NTSB: Accidents Show Need for New Safety Culture Perspective

Link to article in Metro:

14) Most North Carolina Texting Tickets Given to Drivers Over 25

Link to AP article:


15) Articles on CNET UK’s Crave

–  GPS Telematics Boxes Provide Cheaper Insurance for Young Drivers

–  DriveCam In-Car Surveillance Cameras Spy on Reckless Teenage Drivers

–  Mini Coyote V2 Helps You Avoid Speeding Fines

16) Telematics May Soon be Coming to Your Farm

Link to article in Farm & Ranch Guide:


17) Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Apologizes for Storm Glitches on T

Problems with agency’s Web site caused communication delays.

Link to AP article:

18) Toronto Transit Commission to Passengers: Don’t Snap Pictures of Texting Drivers

Link to article in the Toronto Star:–ttc-to-passengers-don-t-take-pictures-of-drivers

19) Reliability of FTA’s Rail Accident Database

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:


20) NICTA and New South Wales RTA Road Test Innovative Traffic Incident Management System

Link to article on ZDNet Australia

Link to news release from NICTA:

21) Planners’ Vision for Traffic During Super Bowl Week: Avoid Dreaded Delay Penalty

Link to article in The Dallas Morning News:

22) 1330 Travel Information Call Service Still Soaring in Popularity in South Korea

Link to article in The Korea Herald:

23) Columbia County, Georgia Drivers to Get Up-to-the-Minute Traffic Information

Link to story and video on WJBF-TV:


24) BMW Cars Get Real-Time Traffic Information

Link to article on autoevolution:

25) iCar App Turns an iPhone Into a Car Accident Black Box

Link to article on Gizmag:

News Releases

1) Passenger Tracking by SITA and Bluelon to Revolutionize Services at Airports

2) OnStar Signs More than 1,600 Retail Locations

3) Follow Overland Park, Kansas Snow Crews Progress Live

4) Metropolitan Transportation Commission Seeks Community-Based Organizations to Assist with Outreach

Upcoming Events

Webinar: ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’ – How Opticom Central Management Software has Revolutionized Traffic Signal Priority Control for Olathe, Kansas – February 1 (scroll down)

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** Ham, a chimpanzee, was launched into space on a Project Mercury mission.  During the sub-orbital flight he performed simple, timed tasks.,9171,872134,00.html


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Event Alert – “Making Connections” — National Transit Conference @ Silver Spring, MD on March 17, 2011

January 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

This is a must attend event for those interested/involved in public transit policy!  Here’s a great opportunity to expand your professional network and hear from industry experts on a variety of public transportation hot topics.

Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) members are being offered a 50% discount on conference registration.  To take advantage, when you register, be sure to use the discount code “YPT”.

What: Making Connections is a day-long conference for public transportation professionals to strengthen the national dialogue on public transit advocacy, policy and workforce development.

When and Where: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel Washington DC/Silver Spring (Metro-accessible).

For full details, visit the conference registration website at or see the attached informational flyer.  The conference host is also seeking a small number of volunteers (in particular, students, but all inquiries are welcome) to help staff the event in return for free registration.  Contact event organizer and YPT member Aimee Custis at for more information.

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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – January 21, 2011

January 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Friday, January 21, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Join ITS America Webinar Series on GEWI’s Traffic Technology Tour, Jan. 28 @ 1pm EST

The 2011 ITS America Webinar Series continues Friday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. EST with a presentation by GEWI on the highlights of its North America Traffic Technology Tour. The session will address location referencing and harmonization, data exchange between systems and connected vehicles/IntelliDrive, and real time data for traffic navigation systems. To register for the Jan. 28th session, click here.  GEWI is the developer of TIC, used in over 125 projects around the world to process traffic data for both public and private sector clients.  For more information on GEWI or the Traffic Technologies Webinar, contact Jim O’Neill


1) O’Hare Airport to Feature Ads in Bathroom Mirrors

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:

Link to news release from Clear Channel Airports:


2) Vehicle Cameras Improve Safety for Teen Drivers

Link to article in The Kansas City Star:


3) Pentagon Approves Navy Plan to Develop Shipboard Network

Link to article on Nextgov:

Link to further information from Northrop Grumman:

Link to further information from Lockheed Martin:


4) Articles from CTS Research E-News

–  Cell Phones Used to Receive Traffic Safety Messages

–  Camera Networks for Security and Traffic Applications


5) New Video Helps Drive Message to Port Truckers

Link to blog and video from the Environmental Defense Fund:


6) Control System Fails for Japan’s Bullet Trains

Link to article in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

Link to statement from JR East: (in Japanese)


7) Man on Trial for Refusing to Show ID to TSA Agents

Link to story and video on KOMO-TV:

8) Technology Will Eliminate Intrusive Airport Security Searches, Says IATA Boss

Link to CP article:

Link to article in Airlines International:

9) A Short-Circuit to Distracted Driving

Cell carriers are exploring technology aimed at reducing distractions by temporarily interrupting service.

Link to article in The New York Times:

10) Keeping Your Hands on the Wheel, Off the Keyboard

Link to article and video in The Miami Herald:


11) Green Telematics: The Eco-driving Opportunity

Link to article in Telematics Update:


12) Social Networking Sites to Keep Tab on Indian Highways’ Condition

Link to article in The Times of India:

Link to news release from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways:


13) Car Shoppers Want Wi-Fi Connection

Link to blog on MoneyWatch:

14) SARTRE Vehicle Platooning Project Carries Out First Successful Test

Link to article in Traffic Technology International:

News Releases

1) Gatwick Airport’s Innovative Use of Social Media Wins Award

2) TV Program Examine US Military’s Transportation Command’s Mission

3) Nebraska’s DMV Online Service Use Increases in 2010

Upcoming Events

ASME/ASCE/IEEE 2011 Joint Rail Conference – March 16-18 – Pueblo, Colorado

Friday Bonus

Anyone can look at a New York City subway map, but how many can play one?

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** The first Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo was held.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – January 20, 2011

January 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

ITS America seeking session topics and tech demos for the 18th World Congress on ITS

Have an idea for a session or want to showcase your latest technology solution at the upcoming World Congress on ITS?  Time is running out to help shape this year’s program covering the latest technology innovations, policy issues and transportation research.  More than 10,000 industry leaders, policymakers and practitioners from across the globe will convene in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 16-20, 2011, for the 18th World Congress and ITS America Annual Meeting.  To submit a session proposal, please e-mail a title and brief paragraph description as well as proposed speakers or moderators to Nicole Oliphant at  To participate in our Technology Showcase — the biggest and most innovative test site for advanced transportation technologies – please e-mail Dan Hering for an application form at Applications can be submitted no later than Feb. 1.  For more information, visit the World Congress website at


1) Technologies Aid Dulles International Airport Air Traffic Controllers

Link to article in Government Technology:

2) Jet2 Turns Off Twitter Account, Highlights Reality of Social Media

Link to article on Tnooz:


3) Utah DOT Aims to Increase Express Lane Revenue

Link to article in the Standard-Examiner:


4) European Commission: Complete Galileo

Link to article in Aviation Week:


5) Port of Terrebonne, Louisiana to Begin Tracking Vessels

Link to article in the Daily Comet:


6) Portable Devices Linked to US Pedestrian Death Spike

Link to AFP article:


7) Highway Officials Take Road Needs to Social Media

Link to article in The Journal of Commerce:

Link to news release from AASHTO:

8) Minnesota DOT Holds Public Hearing via the Internet

Link to story and video on KEYC-TV:

9) Government Execs Discuss Strategies for Updating Social Media Accounts

Link to article in Government Technology:


10) Amtrak E-mail Misuse Alleged in IG Scandal

Link to article in the National Journal:


11) Georgia DOT Says It is Committed to Learning from Storm Mistakes

Enhancing coordination with local jurisdictions one area being looked at.

Link to article in the Gwinnett Daily Post:


12) FEMA Chief Taps Social Media’s Potential for Aiding Disaster Response

Link to article on Nextgov:

13) T-Mobile Launches Child Tracking and App that Blocks Text-While-Driving

Link to article on GPS Business News:


14) Seattle Transit Agency in Federal Court, Accused of Censorship

Link to Reuters article:

15) Sochi, Russia Transport Workers Prepare to Greet Visitors in English in Preparation for Winter Olympics

Link to Itar-Tass article:

16) St. Albert Transit Riders Look to the Sky for the Next Bus

Link to article in the Edmonton Journal:

17) An Animated Map of Auckland’s Public Transport Network

Link to article and video on Sciblogs:


18) GM Daewoo to Change Name, Sell Under Chevy Brand

Link to AP article:

News Releases

1) GEWI Powers the TMC Traffic Service for M3Asia’s Latest Papago! Navigation Software – Reality 7

2) TTI Releases Urban Mobility Report – Economic Recovery Bringing Renewed Congestion Growth

3) Federal Railroad Administration Issues Guidance for Improving Safety at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings and Preventing Railroad Trespassing

4) See More Views with the New Google Maps Widget

5) Raytheon to Open GIS Collaboration Center in Southern California

6) US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Distracted Driving

Upcoming Events

Mid-America Trucking Show – March 31-April 2 – Louisville, Kentucky

Today in Transportation History

1811 **200th anniversary** Samuel Keefer, first chief engineer of the Board of Public Works of the Province of Canada and builder of the country’s first suspension bridge and railway tunnel, was born in Thorold, Ontario.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Join ITS America Webinar Series on GEWI’s Traffic Technology Tour, Jan. 28 @ 1pm EST

The 2011 ITS America Webinar Series continues Friday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. EST with a presentation by GEWI on the highlights of its North America Traffic Technology Tour. The session will address location referencing and harmonization, data exchange between systems and connected vehicles/IntelliDrive, and real time data for traffic navigation systems. To register for the Jan. 28th session, click here.  For more information contact Charlie Tennyson at or Jim O’Neill at


1) New York City Lawmakers Make Push for GPS Street Cleaning

Supporters say proposal would allow residents to see when sweepers have passed their streets so they can park.

Link to story and video on NY1 News:


2) Pay as You Drive

Link to commentary in the Toronto Star:–pay-as-you-drive#article


3) Man Arrested for Taking Suspicious Pictures of Miami International Airport

Link to story on WTVJ-TV:


4) OnStar’s New Leaders Should Try a New Approach

Link to column on CNBC:


5) Buses Using Virtual World to Navigate

Link to article in the Star Tribune:


6) UK Government Planning £3 Billion Traffic and Parking Management Systems

Link to article in Computerworld UK:

7) Technology to Enhance Taiwan Traffic Control During Lunar New Year Holiday

Link to article on Focus Taiwan:


8) Audi Launches Urban Intelligent Assist Project

Link to article on autoevolution:

Link to news release from Audi:

9) Volvo ‘Platoon’ Road Trains Let You Nap While Driving at 70 MPH

Link to article and video on CNET UK:

Link to additional information on SARTRE Project:

10) Car Theft by Antenna

Researchers beat automatic locking and ignition systems.

Link to article in Technology Review:

News Releases

1) Virginia Tech’s U Car Share Introduces Cutting-Edge Car-Sharing Technology

2) GE Transportation and Tessco Form Long-Term Partnership to Co-develop and Produce Positive Train Control Solutions

3) Suppliers Rushing to Launch Smart Phone Telematics Applications for Vehicles

4) GM Establishes Global Chief Technology Officer

5) Magazine for Hyderabad Police, The Hyderabad Protector, Launched

6) TRB’s Annual Meeting to Highlight Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development, January 23-27 in Washington, DC


–  Request for Proposals – Computerized Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System – North Central Texas Council of Governments

Upcoming Events

Maritime Vietnam – March 9-11 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** An Aeronaves de México flight, taking off from New York International Airport, crashed after an aborted takeoff.  Four people were killed.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – January 18, 2011

January 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Discuss Federal Legislative Initiatives at IBTTA Legislative Conference – March 7-8, Washington, DC

The interest in new business approaches from all-electronic tolling to distance-based road charging will require new relationships and collaboration as well as new legislative and regulatory support.  Attend IBTTA’s Legislative Conference to better understand and influence federal and state policymaking.  Delegates will have the opportunity to visit with members of Congress during a reception at the U.S. Capitol.  Visit to view the preliminary agenda, register, and learn about sponsorship opportunities. To view IBTTA’s entire 2011 Education Series, click here.


1) Philippines Senate Leader Wants Air Traffic Modernization Deal Probed

Link to article in the People’s Journal:

2) Electronic Devices: Interfering with Flight?

Link to article in The New York Times:

3) Digital Directions

New York airports achieve customer satisfaction and return on investment through digital signage and self-service welcome centers.

Link to article in Passenger Terminal World:


4) Traffic Cameras Help Fargo, North Dakota Street Crews

Link to story and video on KVLY-TV:


5) China Launches Its Online Mapping Service

Link to Xinhua article:

Link to Map World:


6) Will Electronic Toll Systems Become Terrorist Targets?

Link to article in Network World:


7) Europe Defends ‘Stupid’ Galileo Satellite

Link to AFP article:

8) The Route Out of Traffic Hell

A review of the TomTom Go Live 1000.

Link to review in the Irish Independent:


9) How London Leads the Way in Techno Wizardry

Link to article in the London Evening Standard:

10) Twitter, Facebook, Police Media and Crowdsourced Mapping During Australia’s Flood Crisis – A First Pass Overview

Link to article on StreetCorner:


11) Montana DOT Ad Raises Question: Can You be Charged with DUI on a Horse?

Link to article and video in USA Today:


12) Toll Tickets Seem a Likely Target for Distracted-Driving Campaigners

Link to blog on TOLLROADSnews:


13) Advertising Could Pay for a Mission to Mars, Scientist Says

Link to story on Fox News:

Link to article in the Journal of Cosmology:


14) Montana’s Mountain Line Sets Records, Wants High-Tech Upgrades for Missoula Buses

Link to article in the Missoulian:

15) Bulgaria Aims to Introduce E-ticketing Systems Across All Public Transport Modes

Link to article on

16) Study: Transit Drivers Involved in Collisions Twice as Likely to Use Phone While Driving

Link to article in Metro:

17) Transit Agencies Cultivate Customer Base to Grow Rail Ridership

Link to article in Metro:


18) Chicago’s Bus Tracker: Taking the Guesswork Out of Waiting for the Bus

Link to video on Streetfilms:

19) Online Traffic Busters to Navigate Jakarta’s Streets

Link to article in the Jakarta Globe:

20) Latest Issue of CONDUITS Newsletter Online

Link to newsletter:

News Releases

1) TrafficTalk Reinvents CB Radio with Free Crowdsourced Traffic Information Service – Drivers to Help Other Drivers Avoid Traffic Jams

2) North Carolina DOT Now Accepting Applications for Public Transportation Advanced Technology Grant

3) Two Berkeley Transportation Groups Form New Technology-Focused Research Grant Center

4) Morpace Connected Car Study: The Convergence of Digital Lifestyles and Automotive Needs

5) Air Transport World Names Alaska Airlines 2011 Airline Technology Leadership Award Winner

6) Linda Marshall Named President of OnStar

Upcoming Events

GIS for Transportation Symposium – March 27-30 – Hershey, Pennsylvania

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** In San Francisco Bay Eugene Ely made the first landing by an aircraft on a ship.


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Motorcycle Memories – A Moving Tribute From A Son to Dead A Father

January 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

(Source: YouTube via