Internship Alert: 2011 SUMMER INTERNSHIP – Eno Transportation Foundation @ Washington, DC

March 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

The Eno Transportation Foundation (Eno) in Washington, D.C., is offering a summer 2011 internship opportunity beginning in May or June. This is a great opportunity to learn about the transportation industry and gain valuable experience and contacts.   The candidate selected will assist Eno staff with our leadership development programs, public policy forums, and publications. In addition, the successful candidate will research key public policy issues, including current legislation in the U.S. Congress.

Candidate Qualifications
Candidates should have a strong interest in transportation policy. Because Eno has a small staff, interns are expected to take on a variety of tasks to support the overall organization.

What is the Eno Transportation Foundation?
We are a nonprofit operating foundation recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s programs cover all modes of transportation, public and private sectors, and carriers as well as passengers and shippers. To enhance its effectiveness, the Foundation often conducts its activities in partnership with others in government, industry, or academia. The Foundation engages in three primary activities:

•    It conducts policy forums with transportation leaders to discuss emerging issues and to assist in building the understanding needed to address them effectively.
•    It tailors leadership development programs to prepare public- and private-sector professionals with the skills needed to understand and manage our most pressing transportation issues.
•    It publishes research materials on transportation and the challenges the sector faces.

Interns will be paid a stipend of $2,000 per month toward their living expenses and/or to reimburse the cost of credit hours earned by the internship.

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to by April 22, 2011.

Event Alert – Bike Seminar: Policy to Practice: Planning for Bicycles (Free): Approved for 2.0 AICP CM Credits

March 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Where: Arlington Transportation Partners, 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22209
2 blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station.
When: 4:00-6:00 pm on May 4, 2011
Please join us for Happy Hour at The Continental after the session.
Approved for 2.0 AICP CM Credits
Free and open to the public, RSVP required
RSVP to Sonali Soneji preferably by email: or call: 703-867-6042
Bicycling as a mode for commuting and recreation has made great strides in recent years in the Washington metro area. Three speakers will discuss: Policy Development; Implementation and Infrastructure provision; and Marketing and Community Outreach. The session will conclude with a demonstration of a Capital Bikeshare bike station in Rosslyn.
Jim Sebastian will discuss integration of bicycle infrastructure with urban planning and development, and innovative bike lane design. Mr. Sebastian is a Supervisory Transportation Planner at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Washington D.C., where he manages the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transportation Demand Management Programs.
Paul DeMaio will speak about planning and launching of Capital Bikeshare, including how station locations were determined, the RFP process for the program, and expansion plans. He will also touch on the history of bikesharing and different models for provision of service. Paul DeMaio is the founder of MetroBike LLC, a company that assists organizations in implementing bike-sharing programs, and writes The Bike-sharing Blog, an international news resource about the field.
Chris Eatough will discuss increasing bicycle use for transportation through encouragement and education of the community, as well as the activities and structure of BikeArlington and the impact of the program. Chris Eatough, program manager for BikeArlington, has an engineering background and was a professional endurance mountain bike racer, winning six 24-hour solo world titles and five US 24-hour national championships. He also has extensive experience as a mountain bike coach and product tester.

Future of Refueling Got a Little Closer! Better Place’s Battery-Swap Station Deployed in Israel (video)

March 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

(Source: Gas 2.0)

One of the biggest hurdles for market penetration for the Electric Vehicles (EV) is the charging times associated with the batteries in the vehicles. Some of these batteries take up to several hours (4hrs to 8hrs) for a full charge , a.k.a Top off, and continues to remain a big challenge for the manufacturers to convince their buyers. Looking at the existing fleet of vehicles in the market, some question the wisdom behind the EV charging investments. If you pulled up at a gas station along the way it takes roughly 5 minutes to “top off” or fill up your gas tak and get back on the road quickly. With the existing EVs in the market placethis is not possible, at least at this moment. That’s where Shai Agassi’s Better Place excelled with a marvellous idea. Why not just swap the batteries like you would do in a household device. And do it as quickly as you buy a burger at a drive through. Combining the two ideas results in what you can call the Battery Swap Station. For those who wondered aloud about the viability of a business model proposed by Project Better Place, the recent deployment of its Battery-Swap station in Israel should be worth taking note.

Image Courtesy: Better Place on Flickr

Image Courtesy: Better Place on Flickr

Batter Swap Infrastructure - Image Courtesy: Better Place on Flickr

Batter Swap Infrastructure - Image Courtesy: Better Place on Flickr


Gas 2.0 notes the following:

Project Better Place’s Israeli facility released this video of the battery swapper in action, effectively “topping off” the electric car with a simple swipe of a card in about the same time it would take to top-off a conventional ICE car.  The stations themselves are designed to be modular in construction, and compatible with several different EVs – although they are presumably leaning heavily towards batteries powering Renault/Nissan’s EVs.

The Truth About Cars blog reports that 8 more Better Place battery-swap stations are currently in construction, and the company hopes to eventually have 40 similar stations operational throughout Israel.

Click here to learn more about the project.

Editor’s note: Until the battery technology is refined to the point where charging times are on par with the time it takes for filling up a gas tank in the conventional car, this approach seems prudent and better suited for rapid deployment.  Oh, on a related note – if this model were to be deployed in the US, I presume it would have a slight twist.  The stations will be designed to sell you a burger while you swap the batteries, which means you can see an integrated refueling station for the vehicle and the driver, just like how we have it now in the Gas Stations with convenience store options. Wouldn’t that be ironic to have a Better Place  Charging Station co-located with a burger joint like Burger King or McDonalds? Haha!  Oh,  come on.  I know you not heard many people say that: McDonalds is not a Better Place.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Countdown to IBTTA’s Organization Management Workshop ― April 10-12, Jersey City, NJ

Register today for IBTTA’s Organization Management Workshop and keep current on the latest industry trends in building a better organization. If you are responsible for the communications, marketing, HR, finance, and administration in your organization, this meeting is for you! This popular workshop will focus on emerging issues and practical solutions related to advancing your organization and keeping stakeholders satisfied. Meeting highlights include Gerard Braud, Keynote Speaker and Crisis Communications Expert; general session on regional mobility challenges featuring a power panel of transportation executives and commissioners; communications open house, and more. Visit to view the brochure, register, and learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. To view IBTTA’s entire 2011 Education Series, click here.


1) Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Presidents Post Video Apology for Computer Problems

Link to blog and video on


2) Florida MPO: Hit ‘Record’ Button on I-75 Cameras

Link to article in the Bradenton Herald:


3) Can and Should Online Mapping Services Match the Paper Map?

Link to podcast in Directions Magazine:


4) More Than 200 Trucking Companies Sued for GPS Patent Infringement

Link to article in Commercial Carrier Journal:

5) Men Don’t Trust GPS, Study Finds

Link to article in the Calgary Herald:

Link to news release from Swinton:


6) Florida DOT, Transportation Consultants Get an Earful Over Fiber Optics Access at MPO Meeting

Link to article in The Bradenton Times:

7) Maryland Rail Deal Would Put Holocaust Records Online, MARC Contractor Would Have to Disclose Ties

Link to AP article:–Holocaust-Train-Records/

8) Family of Ambassador Bridge Owner Leads Image Redo

Link to article and video in The Detroit News:–Moroun%E2%80%99s-family-leads-image-redo


9) Indian Railways to Use Satellite-Based System for Tracking Trains

Information will be provided to customers through a variety of means.

Link to article in The Economic Times:

10) Intercity Passenger and Freight Rail: Better Data and Communication of Uncertainties Can Help Decision Makers Understand Benefits and Trade-offs of Programs and Policies

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:


11) Know Your Traffic Signs with iOS Apps

Programs provide directory of road signs in US and UK.

Link to review on Product Reviews:


12) A New Twist on Disaster Response

An earthquake simulation demonstrated how government could harness social media in an emergency.

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:


13) New Colorectal Cancer Awareness Transit Ads Hit Roadblocks in Canada

Link to article in Marketing Magazine:


14) New Hampshire Hangs Up on Its 511 System

Link to article in The Telegraph:

15) Keeping an Eye on the Traffic in York County, Pennsylvania

Link to article in the York Daily Record:

16) First Look at Columbia County, Georgia’s New Traffic Control Center

Link to story and video on WJBF-TV:

17) Delivering Critical Information to Drivers

Utilized correctly, new technology can provide timely info, reduce driver distraction.

Link to white paper from HNTB:


18) Ford’s Focus on Technology

Link to commentary on just-auto:

News Releases

1) Amtrak to Notify Northeast Corridor Passengers of Major Service Disruptions via Twitter

2) American Express Announces Serve, the Next Generation Digital Payment Platform

3) DART RideShare Delaware Launches Interactive Ridesharing and Commute-Tracking System

4) Roadify Adds a Social Side to Transit and Traffic Reports to Create New York City’s First Dynamic Commuting Platform

5) TrafficLand Launches First Unified Traffic Camera Coverage of St. Louis Market

6) Texas DOT Warns Texans: Talk. Text. Crash.

Upcoming Events

Center for Transportation Studies Transportation Research Conference – May 24-25 – St. Paul, Minnesota

Today in Transportation History

1941 **70th anniversary** The Royal British and Royal Australian navies sank or severely damaged several ship of the Italian Regina Marina in a World War II battle off Greece’s Peloponnesian peninsula.


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Internship Alert: Post-Graduate Internship @ EcoMobility – ICLEI – Bonn, Germany

March 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

ICLEI is a worldwide association of more than 1200  metropolitan regions, cities, towns, counties and municipal associations in 70 countries that are dedicated to implementing sustainable development.  We work in a highly multicultural environment and in a truly global fashion with partners around the globe. We are offering a post-graduate internship in the field of EcoMobility. The intern will be part of ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. The World Secretariat also serves as the Secretariat for the Global Alliance for EcoMobility. For more information, visit

• The main task of the intern will be to help preparing the 1st EcoMobility World Congress, which will take place in the Republic of Korea in October.  Specific tasks include:
– Actively develop contacts with possible participating cities and organizations;
– Communicate with partners, funders and sponsors;
– Support the Program Committee;
– Draft briefing sheets about  the main congress topics;
– Prepare communications, announcements and promotional materials;
– Edit the congress web pages.
• The intern will also support the Global Alliance for EcoMobility.  Specific tasks include:
– Develop contacts with possible sponsors and partners pertaining to a newly developed project;
– Keep updated the website, particularly the resource databases and the news section;
– Maintain contact with the Alliance Members.
• Academic background: a completed bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transport and mobility policy, civil engineering or related degree. Master graduates are also welcome. Knowledge of sustainable transportation issues is required;
• Professional experience or personal interest in the field of sustainable transportation and sustainable urban planning;
• Language skills: fluent English  preferably native language; further languages welcome;
• Good communication skills, orally and in writing;
• Computer skills: Microsoft Office; experience with web content management (preferably Typo 3);
• Motivation to work in a multicultural environment.
Terms and conditions
• The internship position is available from May 2011 at the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. The duration will be six months and the EcoMobility congress is included in this period. The internship is within ICLEI’s international Capacity Center. The intern reports to the EcoMobility Officer;
• ICLEI offers interns a cost compensation of Euro 550 after tax and social insurance fees;
• Workings hours:  40h per week; 2 days of paid leave per month (i.e., 12 days for the six months internship);
• Working language:  English;
• Non-EU citizen applications are also welcomed provided they have the possibility of being granted an EU work permit prior to the start of the internship.
By email ( or fax (+49–228 / 97 62 99 01).  Please include “EcoMobility internship” in the subject line and send us:
• A short motivation letter in pdf;
• Your CV with photo (3 pages at most) in pdf, including indication of citizenship (and if non-EU, whether you are holder of a work permit for Germany).
Deadline for application:  20 April 2011.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – March 28, 2011

March 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

Monday, March 28, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Experience the Ultimate in Technology at the 18th World Congress on ITS this October

Cutting-edge ITS technology solutions will come to life in real time at the 18th World Congress on ITS and ITS America’s Annual Meeting on October 16-20, 2011 in Orlando.  Set up in the large parking lot adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, the Technology Showcase consists of live demonstrations by leading transportation agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, and private sector companies like Toyota and Econolite.  This year, the Technology Showcase is organized by themes or “villages” that highlight a specific use or application: Safety, Mobility, Environment/Sustainability, and Pricing.  It will position central Florida as a “National Test Bed” for connected vehicles, people and infrastructure, with a large-scale demonstration using roadside devices along Orlando’s major corridors and a fleet of test vehicles.  The Technology Showcase is the most dynamic way to experience the World Congress—make plans now to attend! For more information and to register


1) Airport Apps Guide Travelers from Security to Takeoff

Link to article in USA Today:


2) Port and Terminal Operating Systems Coordinate Services

Link to article in Port Strategy:


3) Automobile Magazine Founder David E. Davis, Jr. Dies

Link to AP article:


4) I-75 in Florida in Line for ‘Smart’ Upgrade

Link to article in the Bradenton Herald:

5) FHWA MUTCD Manual Needs to Modernize ‘Freeway’ and ‘Expressway’ Definitions

Link to commentary on TOLLROADSnews:


6) Public Safety Experts Gather in Phoenix for Lifesavers Conference

Link to story and video on KTVK-TV:

7) Technology Key to Road Safety

Link to editorial in The Arizona Republic:


8) UK Readies Underground Wi-Fi for 2012 Olympics

Link to article in PCWorld:

9) Google Sets Role in Mobile Payment

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:


10) A COMPASS to Divert Drivers Through Traffic

High-tech traffic management system helps guide drivers in Toronto area.

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

11) High-Tech Solutions Sought for Auckland Traffic

ITS summit takes place in New Zealand.

Link to article in The National Business Review:


12) Wi-Fi Cars are Hitting the Information Superhighway

Link to AFP article:

13) Ten Golden Rules for Happier Drivers

Netherland’s agency comes up with rules to help drivers use the road network.

Link to commentary in The Washington Post:

14) Tax per Gallon, or per Mile?

Link to blog on CNET:

News Releases

1) SITA and Copenhagen Airport Launch World’s First Indoor Augmented Reality Application

2) Torrance Transit Joins Google Transit to Offer Patrons Better Trip Planning Tool

3) University of New Hampshire Gets OK for Real-Time Transit Information Project

4) AAA’s Free App Helps Motorists Compare Gas Prices Close to Home and on the Road

5) TRANSCAER Rolling Out Nationwide Safety Training Tour

6) TagMaster Announces Collaboration with Siemens Mobility on Selective Vehicle Detection in Traffic Management Systems

Job Postings

–  Post-Graduate Internship: EcoMobility – ICLEI – Bonn, Germany

–  Operations Director – State Road & Tollway Authority – Atlanta, Georgia

Upcoming Events

2011 International Transportation Economic Development Conference – May 1-3 – Charleston, West Virginia

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** Air Afrique was founded.


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Sorry, No Refunds Allowed! Libya’s embattled ruler wants his money back from US military for planes he paid but never got

March 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

(Source: Jalopnik)

The story goes like thiss:  Back in the 70s Libya’s new-embattled ruler – Gaddafi – pays millions of dollars for some 8 US built planes. He never got full possession of the machines due to various geo-political games that got played over the decades, leading up to the machines rotting away in an airfield in Georgia. Now the dictator wants his money back and the US is saying a big, Thanks but No Thanks. Read up the full story here.

Eight U.S.-built C-130 Hercules military transports bought by Libya are sitting in a field on the grounds of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia. Moammar Gaddafi bought the planes but, when politics shifted, the U.S. military grounded them. Now the crazy dictator wants a $70 million refund.

The planes are the ultimate ran-when-parked proposition, appearing to have not been used in the last 30+ years. Though they technically belong to the Libyan government, who purchased them in the early 1970s, the current military action in the country and the “no fly zone” make it unlikely they’ll be leaving any time soon.



Job Alert: Director, Office of Transit Programs — Federal Transit Administration @ Washington, DC

March 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

(Source: USA Jobs)

Federal Transit Administration

Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the FTA supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation’s fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

This position is located in the Office of Transit Programs of the Office of Program Management (TPM). The Office is responsible for the development and management of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) formula and discretionary grant programs, oversight of regional office capital and formula grant making processes, and management of FTA’s electronic grant making system as business process owner.

You will serve as the director of the Office of Transit Programs and will be personally responsible for the supervision, management, and execution of all activities of the Office. You also will represent and negotiate for FTA in meetings in Washington and the field with top level representatives of Federal, State, regional and local agencies, organizations, and transit operators.

This position is ideal for a Senior Level, professional transportation program specialist who has excellent communication skills, analytical skills, and leadership skills.

Click here for additional information and to apply.

NBA Cares, Really! 7-time all star Alanzo Mourning Stops Traffic to Help a Disabled Citizen

March 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

(Source: Orlando Sentinel via Yahoo News)

True to its tag line, NBA Cares, the residents of Miami got a chance to witness one of NBA’s best in action.  Seven time all star, Alanzo Mourning jumped out of his SUV to assist a citizen on wheelchair cross a busy highway in Miami, FL. Read up:

Mourning’s vehicle had been sitting in traffic on the right lane, when he spotted a disabled person sitting in a motorized wheelchair along the curb. Mourning jumped out of his SUV, stood in the road and stopped traffic by raising his long arms, while the wheelchair-bound pedestrian made it to the median. Then, the seven-time NBA All-Star immediately went to the southbound lanes and raised his arms to command stunned drivers to stop. All traffic movement instantly stopped, and the wheelchair safely made it to the other side.

After making sure the citizen was safe on the other side of the road, Mourning lowered his arms and headed to his SUV to the sound of cheering fans, who recognized the 6-foot-10 temporary crossing guard.

What a really caring gentleman and a wonderful citizen!  NBA ought to have more such example-setting characters who are so genuine! Way to go, Zo!

Job Alert: Director, Office of Transit Safety & Security @ Federal Transit Admn., USDOT

March 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

(Source: USAJOBS)

Job Description

Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the FTA supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation’s fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

You will serve as Director, Office of Transit Safety and Security (TPM-30) within the Office of Program Management.

You will carry out the duties and responsibilities outlined in this position description and reports to the FTA Associate Administrator of Program Management and Deputy Associate Administrator of Program Management. The duties and responsibilities include functioning as advisor in safety security matters to the FTA Administrator, and Deputy Administrator. You will serve as Director of the TPM-30 leadership team, which includes team leaders for security and safety. As a senior FTA expert in safety and security, you will represent FTA in promoting transit safety and security and is a focal point for all related programs and issues. You will also serve as a key liaison for FTA with other elements of the Department and other Federal agencies for transit safety and security matters.

You will be responsible for establishing the framework for coordinated and cooperative safety and security activities within FTA, with relevant DOT agencies, with other Federal agencies, and with concerned national organizations and State agencies. Ensures that safety and security is a priority with FTA grantees and contractors, the transit industry, and concerned interest groups. Responsible for directing, coordinating, controlling, and ensuring the adequacy of short- and long-range FT A plans and programs on all transit safety and security matters as they relate to the FTA strategic plan, its missions, programs, and objectives. Keep the FTA Administrator, and Deputy Administrator informed of emerging and controversial issues.

This position is ideal for a Senior Level professional with a broad range of transit safety and security matters and functioning as an advisor in such matters.

Click here for more information and to apply