Job Alert: Transportation Planner II/III at Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) – Washington, DC

May 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

The Department of Transportation Planning of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is seeking a Planner II or III to work with a small team responsible for public involvement and communications. The successful candidate will be a part of the Program Coordination Team, which supports the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the federally designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Washington, D.C. region. The TPB plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning in the National Capital region.  The TPB prepares plans and programs that the federal government must approve in order for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to the Washington region.

A successful candidate will perform professional-level planning activities with a focus on enhancing and maintaining communications and public outreach efforts.  Activities are likely to include:

  • Improve external visibility of the TPB.
  • Assist with long-range planning activities, such as scenario planning and development of a regional priorities plan, with a focus on public involvement and communications.
  • Provide staff support to TPB activities and committees.

Please see the full job description below, which includes information on how to apply:

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) FAA Bill Expected to Boost NextGen Funding Concept

Link to article in Aviation Daily:

2) Delta Air Lines Lets Passengers Track Luggage via the Internet

Link to Reuters article:


3) Bill Would Bar Mailing Speeding Tickets in South Carolina

Link to AP article:


4) Google Threatens to Shut Down Swiss Street View

Link to AP article:


5) TomTom CEO: ‘Very Limited Impact’ from Speed Trap Controversy

Link to article in Forbes:

6) How Traffic Information Apps Can Revolutionize the World of Navigation for Fleets

Link to blog in Fleet News:


7) US Coast Guard Missions Demand Updated Surveillance and Communications Technology, Commandant Says

Link to article on Nextgov:

Link to testimony:


8) Survey Results Suggest Support for Advertising on Reno, Nevada Area School Buses

Link to article in the Reno Gazette-Journal:


9) New Florida Law Would Make Airport Business Less Transparent

Link to article in the St. Petersburg Times:

10) Celebs Say ‘Don’t Be a Jerk’ in New York City Bike Safety Campaign

Link to story and video on WNBC-TV:


11) Apple, Google Execs Spar with Senator Over Driving Drunk Apps

Link to article in Government Security News:

12) Amber Alerts Come to Gas Pumps

Link to article in Television Broadcast:


13) BART May Install Televisions, Digital Platform Screens at Stations

Link to article in The Examiner:

14) Toronto Transit Bus Data Live Online – Briefly

Link to article in The Globe and Mail:

15) Film Recounts the Trauma of Toronto Subway Operators Following a Suicide

Link to article in the Toronto Star:–film-explores-impact-of-subway-suicide

Link to news release and video from Humber College:


16) California DOT to Tweet Road Closings and Warnings in San Diego Area

Link to commentary in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Link to news release from Caltrans:

17) New iPhone App for Drivers, RoadAhead, Organizes the World by Exit

Link to column in The Boston Globe:

News Releases

1) United Nations Secretary-General Calls for Implementation of Global Plan of Action for Road Safety in Next Decade

2) Ford Developers Look to Use Google Prediction API to Optimize Energy Efficiency

3) French Airport First in Europe to Use EGNOS to Guide Aircraft to Landing

4) TransCore Unveils Next Generation RFID Rail Products

5) CH2M Hill Signs Purchase Agreement for Booz Allen Hamilton’s State and Local Government Transportation Consulting Business

6) Audi to Introduce Roadside Assistance App for Customers with Smartphones in the US

7) Finalists Revealed for International Telematics Update Awards 2011

8) BART Launches Improved Mobile Website with Location Features, Bike Directions

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Public Transit ITS Implementations – Lessons Learned – June 2

Today in Transportation History

1996 **15th anniversary** ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades killing all 109 people onboard.,9171,984555,00.html


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Coco Cola’s New Campaign Transforms Crowded Highway Into An Outdoor Theater – Clever Marketing or Driver Distraction?

May 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm


Coco- Cola’s new product campaign in Bogota, Colombia uses the street-side environment decked with a large movie screen display and models handing out the coke mini to the drivers caught in congestion.  The neat trick I found so fascinating is how they made this an interactive experience – asking the drivers to tune into a radio station to hear the accompanying sound track while watching the visuals on the screen (infrastructure required to do this is not too complicated.  You may have seen a similar set-up near Work Zones, with Highway Advisory Radios offering traffic congestion information).  The whole experience is capped by the colorfully dressed models handing out the products to drivers.

On one hand it looks like a clever way to market the product while entertaining the drivers who got no place to go expect to wait for the traffic to clear up and on the other hand it looks like a terrific way to get a fender bender with all the audio-visual distractions.  It will be nice to know if someone is collecting traffic incident data on this particular stretch of highway during this campaign.  It will shed some light on the effects of such campaigns on the road users.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – May 10, 2011

May 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Are you making a difference? Open Roads Consulting, Inc. is a privately held American technology firm where we value entrepreneurship, team building and creativity in our people. Together we are on the cutting edge of marketing new technologies specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) solutions for our clients. We are currently seeking senior-level technical project managers to facilitate our national growth plan. Our project managers are strong independent thinkers that are responsible for business development and project management of ITS solutions, providing industry setting service for our clients.  If you are looking for a challenging career where you can make a difference with the up and coming industry leader, please visit our website for the complete job description at Confidential resumes and salary history should be sent to EOE/AA/M/F/V/D.


1) Beyond the Blips: Air Traffic Control’s Post-Radar Age

Link to article in Time:,8599,2068561,00.html

2) The Real Cost of Airline Travel Remains a Mystery, for Now

Link to article in The New York Times:

3) How Airlines Use Twitter – April 2011

Link to article on Tnooz:

4) FAA Provides Report on 2010 Banner Flights During Masters Golf Tournament

Link to article in The Augusta Chronicle:

5) Articles from Airport Improvement – May/June 2011

–  San Diego International Uses Mobile System to Test Runway Lighting

–  Online Parking Reservations at Edmonton International Benefit Passengers and Airport


6) Pioneer Shows Augmented Reality-Powered Car Navigation System

Link to blog on CrunchGear:

Link to news release from Pioneer: (in Japanese)

7) South Carolina Department of Education Installing GPS on School Buses

Link to story and video on WLTX-TV:


8) Confederate Group Fights for State Specialty Plates

Link to article in USA Today:


9) Carlisle, UK’s Electronic Car Park Signs System Set to be Scrapped

Link to article in the News & Star:


10) Australian Budget 2011: $61 Million for Smart Roads

Link to article on ZDNet Australia:

11) Ad Campaign Trying to Lure More Traffic to Maryland’s InterCounty Connector

Link to article in The Examiner:


12) National Emergency Alert System Set to Launch in New York City

Link to stories on WINS and WCBS-AM Radio:

Link to news release from the FCC:

Link to fact sheet from the FCC:

13) Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s Ambitious No-Texting Campaign

Link to blog in the Sun Sentinel:

Link to news release from the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority:


14) Beverly Hills School District Asks Court to Order Los Angeles MTA to Release Documents on Subway Extension

Link to article in the Beverly Hills Courier:


15) Q&A with Delphi: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Link to interview on just-auto:

News Releases

1) Stockholm Public Transport Deploys Gemalto End-to-End Solution for World’s First Customized Travel Card

2) See What More Efficient Air Travel Looks Like
3) FMCSA Enhances Public Access to Motor Carrier Legal Orders and Decisions Through New, Easily Searchable Webpage

4) Driver Safety Technology a Key Factor in Helping Prevent Road Traffic Accidents

5) Intelligent Transportation System Coming to Northwest Pennsylvania Interstate


–  Request for Proposals – Provision of Unaggregated Point-Speed Data – California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT)

Upcoming Events

29th Annual Texas Aviation Conference – May 25-27 – Austin, Texas

Today in Transportation History

1801 **210th anniversary** The pasha of Tripoli declared war on the United States to begin the first Barbary War.


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Publication Alert: Annual Energy Outlook – 2011

May 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

(Source:  U.S. Energy Administration Information)

Shown below is a copy of the recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2011.  The projections in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2011 (AEO2011) focus on the factors that shape the U.S. energy system over the long term. Under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain unchanged throughout the projections, theAEO2011 Reference case provides the basis for examination and discussion of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future. It also serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in energy policies. But AEO2011 is not limited to the Reference case. It also includes 57 sensitivity cases  which explore important areas of uncertainty for markets, technologies, and policies in the U.S. energy economy.

The report’s section on Transportation offers quite a bit of information and I felt the readers would benefit quite a bit.. Take a look.

Growth in transportation energy use slower than historical trend

From 2009 to 2035, transportation sector energy consumption grows at an average annual rate of 0.6 percent (from 27.2 quadrillion Btu to 31.8 quadrillion Btu), slower than the 1.2 percent average rate from 1975 to 2009. The slower growth is a result of changing demographics, increased LDV fuel economy, and saturation of personal travel demand.

figure dataEnergy demand for LDVs increases by 10 percent, or 1.7 quadrillion Btu (1.3 million barrels per day), from 2009 to 2035 (Figure 71). Moderate growth in fuel prices compared with recent history and rising real disposable income combine to increase annual vehicle miles traveled (VMT), although personal travel demand increases at a slower rate than historically. Growth in delivered energy consumption by LDVs is tempered by more stringent standards for vehicle GHG emissions through model year (MY) 2016 and fuel economy through MY 2020. Energy demand for heavy-duty vehicles (including primarily freight trucks but also buses) increases by 48 percent, or 2.2 quadrillion Btu (1.0 million barrels per day), as a result of increased freight travel demand as industrial output grows and the fuel economy of heavy-duty vehicles shows only marginal improvement.

Energy demand for air travel increases by 16 percent, or 0.4 quadrillion Btu (0.2 million barrels per day). Growth in air travel is driven by increases in income and moderate growth in fuel costs, tempered by gains in aircraft fuel efficiency, while growth in air freight movement (caused by export growth) also increases fuel use by aircraft. Energy consumption for marine and rail travel increases as industrial output rises and demand for coal transport grows. Energy use for pipelines stays flat as increasing volumes of natural gas are produced closer to end-use markets.

CAFE and greenhouse gas emissions standards boost vehicle fuel economy

After the introduction of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in 1978, the fuel economy for all LDVs increased from 19.9 miles per gallon (mpg) in 1978 to 26.2 in 1987. Despite continued technological improvement, fuel economy fell to between 24 and 26 mpg over the next two decades, with sales of light trucks increasing from about 20 percent of new LDV sales in 1980 to 55 percent in 2004 [88]. From 2004 to 2008, fuel prices increased, sales of light trucks slowed, and tighter fuel economy standards for light-duty trucks were introduced. As a result, average fuel economy for LDVs rose to 28.0 mpg in 2008.

figure dataThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) introduced new attribute-based CAFE standards for MY 2011 LDVs in 2009, and in 2010 NHTSA and The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced CAFE and GHG emissions standards for MY 2012 to MY 2016. EISA2007 also requires that LDVs reach an average fuel economy of 35 mpg by MY 2020 [89]. In the Reference case, the average fuel economy of new LDVs (including credits for alternative fueled vehicles and banked credits) rises to 29.8 mpg in 2011, 33.3 mpg in 2016, and 35.8 mpg in 2020 (Figure 72). After 2020, CAFE standards for LDVs remain constant in the Reference case, and LDV fuel economy increases only moderately, to 37.8 mpg in 2035.

In the Reference case, cars represent 65 percent of LDV sales in 2035, compared with 69 percent in the High Oil Price case and 55 percent in the Low Oil Price case. The economics of fuel-saving technologies improve in the High Technology and High Oil Price cases, but the effects on average fuel economy relative to the Reference case are tempered by the fact that CAFE standards already require significant improvement in fuel economy performance and the penetration of advanced technologies.

Travel demand for personal vehicles increases more slowly than in the past

Personal vehicle travel demand, measured as VMT per licensed driver, grew at an average annual rate of 1.1 percent between 1970 to 2007, driven by rising income, a decline in the cost of driving per mile (determined by both fuel economy and fuel price), and demographic changes (such as women fully entering the workforce). Since 2007, VMT per licensed driver has declined slightly because of the sudden spike in the cost of driving per mile followed by the economic downturn. However, VMT per licensed driver begins to grow again in the Reference case, but at a more moderate average annual rate of 0.6 percent, reaching over 15,280 miles in 2035 (Figure 73).

figure dataThe projected growth in VMT per licensed driver results from a return to rising real disposable personal income, which increases by 90 percent between 2009 and 2035. While motor gasoline prices rise by 60 percent over the period, faster income growth ensures that the impact on travel demand is blunted by a reduction in the percentage of income spent on fuel. In addition, the effect of rising fuel costs is moderated by a 30-percent improvement in new vehicle fuel economy following the implementation of more stringent GHG and CAFE standards for LDVs.

Several demographic forces also play a role in moderating the growth in VMT per licensed driver despite the rise in real disposable income. Although LDV sales increase through 2035, the number of vehicles per licensed driver remains relatively constant (at just over 1). In addition, unemployment remains above pre-recession levels in the Reference case until late in the projection period, further tempering the increase in personal travel demand.

New technologies promise better vehicle fuel efficiency

The market adoption of advanced technologies in conventional vehicles facilitates the improvement in fuel economy that is necessary to meet more stringent CAFE standards through MY 2020 and reduce fuel costs thereafter. In the AEO2011 Reference case, the CAFE compliance of new LDVs rises from 29.1 mpg in 2009 to 35.8 mpg in 2020 and 37.8 mpg in 2035, due in part to greater penetration of unconventionally fueled vehicles and in part to the addition of individual technologies in conventional vehicles (Figure 74).

figure dataIn 2035, advanced drag reduction, which provides fuel economy improvements by reducing vehicle air resistance at higher speeds, is implemented in 98 percent of new LDVs. In addition, with the adoption of light-weight materials through material substitution, the average weights of new cars and light trucks decline by 4.9 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively, from 2009 to 2035, providing additional improvements in fuel economy.

Advanced transmission technologies also improve fuel economy by improving the efficiency of vehicle drive trains. Aggressive shift logic is used in 73 percent of new LDVs in 2035; and other advanced technologies, such as continuously variable, automated manual, and six-speed transmissions, are installed in 56 percent of new conventional vehicles.

Engine technologies that reduce fuel consumption also penetrate the market for new vehicles. Cylinder deactivation and turbocharging reach penetrations of 31 and 14 percent, respectively, in 2035. Electrification of accessories such as pumps and power steering, which also increases fuel economy, is implemented in 19 percent of new LDVs in 2035.

Unconventional vehicle technologies exceed 40 percent of new sales in 2035

Unconventional vehicles (those that use diesel, alternative fuels, and/or hybrid electric systems) play a significant role in meeting more stringent fuel economy standards and offering fuel savings in the face of relatively higher fuel prices, growing from 15 percent of new vehicle sales in 2009 to 42 percent by 2035 in the AEO2011 Reference case.

figure dataFlex-fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can use blends of ethanol up to 85 percent, represent the largest share of unconventional LDV sales in 2035, at 19 percent of total new vehicle sales and 47 percent of unconventional vehicle sales (Figure 75). Manufacturers selling FFVs currently receive incentives in the form of fuel economy credits earned for CAFE compliance through MY 2016. FFVs also play a critical role in meeting the RFS for biofuels.

Sales of electric and hybrid vehicles that use stored electric energy grow considerably in the Reference case. Micro hybrids, which use start/stop technology to manage engine operation while at idle, account for 8 percent of all conventional gasoline vehicle sales by 2035, the largest share for vehicles that use electric storage. Gasoline-electric and diesel-electric hybrid vehicles account for 5 percent of total LDV sales and 13 percent of unconventional vehicle sales in 2035, and plug-in and all-electric hybrid vehicles account for 3 percent of LDV sales and 8 percent of unconventional vehicle sales. Sales of diesel vehicles also increase, to 5 percent of total LDV sales and 13 percent of unconventional vehicle sales in 2035. Light duty natural gas vehicles account for less than 0.1 percent of new vehicle sales throughout the projection due to their high incremental cost and limited fuel infrastructure.

Click here to read the Executive Summary and the rest of the details

Revving up the sales – How Tata Nano, the world’s smallest car, got a marketing makeover

May 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

(Source:  The Economic Times)

Tata Nano

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Just a few months ago, sales of Tata’s  revolutionary Nano was caught stuck in a rut with a less than enthusiastic response from the consumers – a mere 509 units last November.  For a product that was born from an out-of-the-box thinking, Tata Motors badly needed a similar stream of innovative genius on the marketing side to help enliven the sales of  the Rs1-lakh car after posting some dismal sales figures.

Like any successful business house on this planet, a crack team at Tata Motors reworked the execution strategy and put in place a new and unconventional distribution system, which helped Nano sales drive past the 10,000 units mark in April.  According to the article, this is the highest monthly sales since the car hit the roads in July 2009.

The sales strategy, which includes the formation of crack team, is to take the product close to the consumer on the street:

  • Launched 210 ‘F Class showrooms’, each only about 500 sq ft in size and stocking just one car in smaller towns, and hired 1,200 people to man them.
  • A tie up with value retailer Big Bazaar, a chain that has 70 outlets in smaller cities and town, to gain traction among the 150 million footfalls the retailer gets every year.

The results are remarkable – Tata is now planning to ramp up the production from 500o units to 10,000 units in the next three months to meet the demand.  I bet some MBA grad out of an IIM really made Ratan Tata proud for making the decision to hire him/her.  Click here to read the article.

To remember a terrible past, a nation grinds to halt – Holocaust Remembrance Day Siren(on highways)

May 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

(Source: Youtube)

Selling High-Speed Rail to the skeptics – USDOT Sec. Ray LaHood talks about strategy and benefits of HSR investments

May 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

(Source: Fastlane – Sec. Ray LaHood’s Blog)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $2 billion in high-speed rail awards providing an unprecedented investment to speed up trains in the Northeast Corridor, expand service in the Midwest and provide new, state-of-the-art locomotives and rail cars as part of the Administration’s plan to transform travel in America. Shortly after making this announcement, he spoke to the financial media house, CNBC, about how these investments in high-speed rail investments are distributed and how they will benefits the various states that received this huge bonanza.

Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak submitted nearly 100 applications, competing to be part of an historic investment that will create tens of thousands of jobs, improve mobility and stimulate American manufacturing.  Here is an excerpt from the USDOT presser outlining the details of this disbursement:

The Department’s Federal Railroad Administration selected 15 states and Amtrak to receive $2.02 billion for 22 high-speed intercity passenger rail projects as part of a nationwide network that will connect 80 percent of Americans to high-speed rail in 25 years. The dedicated rail dollars will:

  • Make an unprecedented investment in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), with $795 million to upgrade some of the most heavily-used sections of the corridor. The investments will increase speeds from 135 to 160 miles per hour on critical segments, improve on-time performance and add more seats for passengers.
  • Provide $404.1 million to expand high-speed rail service in the Midwest. Newly constructed segments of 110-mph track between Detroit and Chicago will save passengers 30 minutes in travel time and create nearly 1,000 new jobs in the construction phase. Upgrades to the Chicago to St. Louis corridor will shave time off the trip, enhance safety and improve ridership.
  • Boost U.S. manufacturing through a $336.2 million investment in state-of-the-art locomotives and rail cars for California and the Midwest. “Next Generation” rail equipment will deliver safe, reliable and high-tech American-built vehicles for passenger travel.
  • Continue laying the groundwork for the nation’s first 220-mph high-speed rail system in California through a $300 million investment, extending the current 110 mile segment an additional 20 miles to advance completion of the Central Valley project, the backbone of the Los Angeles to San Francisco corridor.

Nearly 100 percent of the $2.02 billion announced today will go directly to construction of rail projects, bringing expanded and improved high-speed intercity passenger rail service to cities in all parts of the country. Thirty-two states across the U.S. and the District of Columbia are currently laying the foundation for high-speed rail corridors to link Americans with faster and more energy-efficient travel options.

Click here to read more.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Monday, May 9, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) ‘I Totally Lost the Picture.’

An air traffic controller offers an inside look at the challenge of keeping the skies safe while staying grounded.

Link to article in Mother Jones:

2) Ready for Onboard Cell Phones?

Link to blog in Forbes:


3) Patent Lawsuit Erupts Between In-Cab Video System Makers

Link to article in FleetOwner:


4) City of Systems: Traffic Signal

A look at New York City’s traffic management center and signal control system.

Link to article on UrbanOmnibus:


5) Telematics and the Cloud: Building the Business Case

Link to article in Telematics Update:


6) Chemical Attack Detection System, More Cameras Planned for Los Angeles Rail Lines

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

7) New York MTA Cards May Soon be Replaced by ‘Contactless’ Credit Card

Link to article in the Daily News:

8) SEPTA Subway iPhone App Launches

Link to article on Technically Philly:

9) BART’s New ‘Robotic Book Lending Machine’

Link to blog on KQED Radio:

10) Bus Signage Can be Beautiful

Link to blog on Human Transit:

Bus Signage: A Literary View


11) California’s Inland Empire 511 Garners More Interest than Expected

Link to article in The Press Enterprise:

12) ‘Real-Time’ Messages to Motorists from Pennsylvania DOT? Keep It Real

Link to column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


13) Proposed Bill to Allow Robot Cars in Nevada

Link to story and video on KRNV-TV:

14) Zebigo Starts Its Engine

Startup helps commuters find car pool to join, or drivers to find riders.

Link to article in Seattle Business:

15) The Future Has No Bounds

A report on the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Link to commentary in Heavy Duty Trucking:

Job Postings

–  Executive Director – Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition – Buffalo, New York

Upcoming Events

MIT Summer Course: Modeling and Simulation of Transportation Networks – August 1-5

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** The B-52H, the final variant of the Boeing Stratofortress, entered service with the US Air Force.

1986 **25th anniversary** Tenzing Norgay a Sherpa who, along with Edmund Hillary, was the first to climb Mt. Everest, died.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Friday, May 6, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Are you making a difference? Open Roads Consulting, Inc. is a privately held American technology firm where we value entrepreneurship, team building and creativity in our people. Together we are on the cutting edge of marketing new technologies specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) solutions for our clients. We are currently seeking senior-level technical project managers to facilitate our national growth plan. Our project managers are strong independent thinkers that are responsible for business development and project management of ITS solutions, providing industry setting service for our clients.  If you are looking for a challenging career where you can make a difference with the up and coming industry leader, please visit our website for the complete job description at Confidential resumes and salary history should be sent to EOE/AA/M/F/V/D.


1) Officials Get OK from FAA to Rename Pittsburgh Airport

Allegheny County considering selling naming rights to facility.

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

2) European Union Moves Closer to Unifying Airspace

Link to Reuters article:


3) TomTom to Sell GPS Data to Road Authorities, Private Companies in Australia

Link to article in The Australian Financial Review:

4) Recalculating … A New GPS Picks the Most Efficient Route

Link to article in Fast Company:

5) Routing’s Future is Integration, Says New CEO of ALK Technologies

Link to article in FleetOwner:


6) Proposal to Bring Advertising to Nevada DMV Offices Advances

Link to article in the Las Vegas Sun:

7) Studies from the European Commission

–  Open In-Vehicle Platform Architecture

–  Guaranteed Access to Traffic and Travel Data and Free Provision of Universal Traffic Information

8) iMobility Newsletter – April 2011

Link to newsletter from ERTICO:


9) What a Waste: Washington State Keeping Secrets with Our Gas Tax

Link to story and video on KOMO-TV:


10) King County, Washington Sued Over Real-Time Bus Tracker

Link to article on

11) Santa Monica, California’s Big Blue Bus System Could See Digital Advertising

Assembly bill would allow digital ads on the side of buses for pilot program.

Link to article in the Santa Monica Daily Press:

12) Wi-Fi Rides Missoula, Montana’s Bus Line, Free to Passengers

Link to article in the Missoulian:

Link to news release from Mountain Line:




13) High-Tech Traffic Alert System Moves Into Springfield, Missouri

Link to story on KYTV-TV:

News Releases

1) NextBus Provides Fort Worth Transit Users with the First Public Real-Time Passenger Information System in Texas

2) DC Metro Enhances Multi-lingual Website

3) US DOT Fines Ticket Agents for Violations of Code-Share Disclosure Rules

4) Rand McNally Unveils the First GPS for RVers

5) Octo Enters US Insurance Telematics Marketplace, Names CEO

6) New Mobile ‘App’ Will Help the EU Transport Sector Through the Choppy Waters of the Economic Downturn

7) URS to Operate Missouri DOT’s Gateway Guide Transportation Management Center

Upcoming Events

Re:Streets Charrette – July 21-23 – Berkeley, California

Friday Bonus

Bored with the same old safety briefing each time you fly? Perhaps these Air New Zealand videos will cause you to pay attention.  Notice the ‘clothing’ in the second video.

Today in Transportation History

1801 **210th anniversary** The British sloop HMS Speedy captured the Spanish frigate El Gamo in a battle.


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