Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Air Traffic Control System is ‘Not Safe,’ Say UK Controllers

Link to article on ZDNet UK:


2) Red Light Cameras Put States and Locals at Odds

Link to article in Government Technology:


3) Expert: China to Establish Global Satellite Navigation System by 2020

Link to Xinhua article:

4) Satellite Navigation a Political Act

Link to article in GPS World:


5) ITS Bill Being Introduced in US House

Bill would establish several competitively selected communities to serve as model deployment sites for the large-scale integration of 21st century technology to solve critical transportation challenges.

Link to bill:


6) NASA Hosts ‘Tweetups’ to Spread the Word About Its Missions

Link to article on Nextgov:

7) Transportation Transparency Act Passes Oklahoma House

Bill increases public scrutiny of state road revenue.

Link to article in the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat:

8) ‘On the Go with Ray LaHood’ Promises Your Lively Questions, My Honest Answers

Link to US DOT’s Fast Lane blog:


9) Israeli iPhone App Reports ‘Bad Drivers’

Link to article from The Media Line:


10) Twin Cities’ Metro Transit Upgrades Its Mobile Site

Link to article from The Legal Ledger:

11) The Negative Side of Social Media: What to Expect

Link to article in Mass Transit:


12) New York City Subway Information Network is Over Budget, Almost Done and Already Obsolete

Link to article in the Daily News:

13) Las Vegas Speedway Officials: Race Weekend Traffic to be Better than Past Years

Signs, cones and personnel will be supplemented by app with travel and parking information.

Link to article in the Las Vegas Sun:

14) Collaboration on Traffic Information Across National Borders

Link to article on Viasuisse:

15) Transport is Key in Swedish Science Hub.

A center of information and communications technology known as Kista Science City in Stockholm, has focused on intelligent transportation to fuel its success.

Link to article in Next American City:


16) Connected Cars Speed Into the Future

Link to article on

17) Microsoft Wants to be in Your Car

Link to article on Internet Evolution:

News Releases

1) Union Pacific Billboard Campaign Reminds Truckers to Stop for Trains

2) Avego Survey Reveals Untapped Consumer Demand for Carpooling to Address Commuting Issues

3) Econolite Canada to Distribute TrafficCast BlueTOAD

4) Winnipeg Transit Introduces New External Route Destination Announcement System

5) CDM and Wilbur Smith Associates Combine

6) TriMet Tests Audible Pedestrian Warning System

7) World First from Saab: Saab IQon – Open Innovation in Car Infotainment

8) TravelCenters of America Offers App for Truckers

9) New inthinc Portal Scores Commercial Drivers in Real-Time, Recognizes Safe Behavior

10) RouteMatch Software Acquires RouteShout

Upcoming Events

Webcast: Leveraging Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) Software for Public Transportation – March 3

Today in Transportation History

1971 **40th anniversary** The Canadian Transport Commission ordered the Canadian National to continue operating the Super Continental.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – March 1, 2011

March 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to Address 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 program and register. To view IBTTA’s entire 2011 Education Series, click here.


1) Turkish Civil Aviation Authority Seeks Better English Skills for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

Link to article in the Hürriyet Daily News:

2) Inside the Busy, Stressful World of Air Traffic Control

Link to article in The Atlantic:

3) Air Traffic Control: How It Started and Where It’s Headed

Link to article on AOL Travel:

4) Airport Resilience and Preparedness

Airports and airlines need to prepare for high-stress situations, including having a communications plan.

Link to blog on Reuters:


5) Google Creeps Deeper with Street View Trikes

Link to column and video on CNET News:


6) Live Traffic Updates Coming to iGo My Way

Link to article in Macworld:


7) Florida DOT’s SunGuide Disseminator – March 2011

Link to newsletter:


8) Salem, Oregon Seeks Better Communication Tools

Graduate students look for ways to increase civic engagement.

Link to article in the Statesman Journal:

9) Improving US DOT Project Delivery and Planning Through Outreach and Guidance to Tribes

Link to article in Successes in Stewardship:


10) Transgender Riders Want SEPTA to Drop Gender Designation on Passes

Link to article in The Philadelphia Inquirer:


11) Citroën Launches Door-to-Door Travel Search Web Site

Link to article on Tnooz:

News Releases

1) ITS America Announces Call for Entries for 2011 Best of ITS Awards

2) Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse Launches Ad Campaign and Unveils New Educational Resources

3) Test Area for Intelligent Transport in Finland to be Built in Tampere

4) Ford Developers Turn Metro Detroit Into Europe to Test European Version of Sync 911 Assist

5) ITIS Delivers Anonymized Signal Data from Over 17 Million Mobile Devices for Navigation Systems in Germany

6) Miami-Dade Transit to Expand Free Wireless Service

7) Variable Speed Limit System to Begin on M4 in Wales

Upcoming Events

Shipping 2011 – March 21-23 – Stamford, Connecticut

Today in Transportation History

1936 **75th anniversary** A strike began on the ocean liner, SS California.  The strike led to the end of the International Seamen’s Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union.


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