Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – July 7, 2011

July 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Thursday, July 7, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Inhofe Introduces ‘Pilot’s Bill of Rights’

Bill calls for pilots facing enforcement action to be given air traffic communication recordings and simplification of Notice to Airmen system.

Link to article in the Tulsa World:

Link to news release from Senator James Inhofe:

2) UK Airlines Poised to Back Government Plan to Sell Down Its Stake in National Air Traffic Services

Link to article in the Financial Times:

3) Obama Speech Revives Business Jet PR Battle

Link to article in Aviation Week:

4) Few Airlines Respond to Pilot Fatigue Study

Link to ABC News story:

5) ‘Throwing Airplanes Into the Air’ – Life Inside Airport Control Towers

Link to blog in The Wall Street Journal:


6) New York State Police: Email Traffic Ticket is a Hoax, Contains Virus

Link to article in The Journal News:

Link to news release from the New York State Police:


7) Move to Standardize Road Signs in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Link to article in the Daily Mirror:


8) Safety Group Wants More Data on Cellphone Bans

Governors Highway Safety Association urges states to not enact new laws until more research is done.

Link to article in USA Today:

9) Cellphones, Devices Biggest Driving Distractions

Link to Reuters article:

Link to news release from the Governors Highway Safety Association:

10) Honduran Mimes Turn Silent to Educate for Traffic Safety

Link to story and video from CNN:


11) Fleet Telematics Leader Vnomics Making Its Mark in Multiple Spaces

Link to interview on TMCnet:


12) Paris Transport Plans to Put Travel Pass in Mobiles – Report

Link to article in Telecompaper:

Link to article in La Tribune: (in French)

13) Toronto Subway Naming Rights Up for Grabs as TTC Approves Ad Contract

Link to story and video on CityNews:–subway-naming-rights-up-for-grabs-as-ttc-approves-advertising-contract

14) New Maps on New York City Subway Platforms Seek Clarity

Link to article in The New York Times:

15) NY Waterway Bus Locator Still Proving to be a Success with Ferry Commuters

Link to article in FerryTimes:

Link to NY Waterway’s Real-Time GPS Bus Locator:


16) Electric, Hybrid Cars to be Required to Sound Pedestrian Alerts

Link to Bloomberg article:

News Releases

1) DC Metro Customers Voice Strong Preference for Short, Distinctive Station Names

2) Government of Canada and Saint John Transit Launch New Vehicle-Tracking Technology

3) FDOT’s Florida 511 Launches New Traffic App

4) UCLA and KCET Air Public Service Special on ‘Carmageddon’

Upcoming Events

Using Regional ITS Architecture(s) – July 20 – Garden Grove, California

Today in Transportation History  


1941 **70th anniversary** US forces landed in Iceland to relieve British troops during World War II.


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

July 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) MIT Algorithm Could Help Prevent Midair Collisions

Link to CNET blog:

Link to further information from MIT:

2) Passenger Says Photo Led to Ouster from US Airways Flight

Link to article in The Philadelphia Inquirer:


3) Apple Obtains US Trademark for ‘280’ Along with I-280 Shield for Map Icon

Link to blog on TechCrunch:


4) Bangalore Accident Videos Now on Facebook

Police post crashes to raise awareness.

Link to story and video on CNN-IBN:

5) DC Influencer: Lloyd Brown, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Link to article in PR Week:

6) Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Videos Updated in Montana

Link to article in the Ravalli Republic:


7) Highway Signs Growing Like Weeds?

Towns asking New Jersey DOT to prune roadside signs.

Link to article in the Asbury Park Press:

8) National City, California Tests System that May Lower Response Times

Link to story and video on KGTV-TV:

9) Philippine Officials Remove ‘Witches Crossing’ Sign Following Outrage from Residents

Sign was designed to deter speeding at accident-prone location.

Link to article in Gulf News:


10) QR Codes Aim to Curb Drunken Driving in Texas

Link to article in Government Technology:

11) Social Media Spreads Locations of Random Breath-Testing, Mobile Speed Cameras in Canberra Area

Link to article in The Canberra Times:


12) A Sensing Probe in Every Car?

Link to article in Government Computer News:

13) National Weather Service Goes Trucking for Hard-to-Reach Data

Link to article in Government Computer News:

14) Hyundai’s Blue Link Joins OnStar, Sync in Chatty-Car Drive

Link to article in Investor’s Business Daily:


15) Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Again Considers Audio Ads on Its Buses

Link to article in The Boston Globe:

16) Google Maps 5.7 for Android Gets Transit Navigation

Link to blog on CNET:

Link to announcement and video from Google:


17) Sirius XM Radio to Launch ‘Carmageddon Radio’

Link to article on Satellite Radio Playground:


18) Connected Cars: Take One to Ease Congestion

Link to commentary on

News Releases

1) Smart City Technologies Will Grow Fivefold to Exceed $39 Billion in 2016 – ABI Research

2) TripAdvisor Now Provides Travelers Access to European Train Travel Options

3) Mitsubishi Motors and Kids Safety First to Conduct Safety Seat Checks at Mitsubishi Dealerships

Upcoming Events

Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) Annual Meeting – August 20-24 – Louisville, Kentucky

Today in Transportation History  


1936 **75th anniversary** The Bureau of Air Commerce took over three control centers in Chicago, Cleveland and Newark to begin the US government’s management of the air traffic system.

1936 **75th anniversary** A major breach of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal took place.  The breach was never repaired and marked the beginning of the end for the canal.


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Google Maps Feature, Transit Navigation (Beta), Lets You Know When To Get Off the Bus/Train (as long as you are not underground)

July 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

(Source: Youtube via Jalopnik)

Google Maps 5.7  is now available with a deeper public transit navigation for users in nearly 400 cities around the globe. As shown in the above video, using your location along the route, the Transit Navigation feature on Google Maps will alert you when its time to get off at your destination or to make a transfer. Transit Navigation (Beta) requires a phone with Android 2.1+ (too bad, Apple users are missing out here) and the latest update of Google Maps for mobile. Oh, the only caveat is that the system works only for above-ground transit systems where the GPS signals can be reached.  And for those with plenty of time to spare, here is a hands-on review of the new feature, courtesy of Engadget. I can already surmise this is a god’s gift (or Google’s) for the international travelers.

U.S. Surface Transportation Re-authorization Bill – Update as of July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Update via ITS America

House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., will introduce the committee’s multi-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal tomorrow — Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. According to Chairman Mica, the bill will not only reauthorize and reform the nation’s federal highway, transit and highway safety programs, but will also make significant improvements to passenger and freight rail programs and maritime transportation policy. “This fiscally responsible, multi-modal initiative would streamline federal programs, cut red tape, better leverage our federal resources, make wise investments in our infrastructure and create needed jobs for Americans,” according to the Chairman. The rollout event is scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes.  Live video of the event will also be available at by clicking the “Live Webcasts” link.

Streetsblog Capitol Hill reports that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, wants transportation reauthorization bill passed soon in order to avoid the loss of 600,000 jobs in the construction and transit industries. She issued a call to action this morning, pushing for a new bill before the current extension of SAFETEA-LU expires on September 30.   Though she had initially pushed for a six-year bill, Boxer made it official that the EPW proposal is for a two-year bill that will only cover current funding levels plus inflation—about $109 billion over the two years.

At today’s press conference, Boxer focused mostly on the urgency of saving 500,000 construction sector jobs and 100,000 transit jobs, citing new Federal Highway Administration stats about the ramifications if Congress passes Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, with its 30 percent cuts to transportation. Boxer’s aides pulled out charts detailing just how many jobs would be lost in each state (See Chart here), and Boxer pointed to the over 43,000 that her home state of California would shed. Click here to read the rest on Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Note: And I found this interesting nugget on infrastructure spending on the EPW Press Release. It shows we have a long way to go to match the Chinese: According to a report by the Department of the Treasury and the Council of Economic Advisors, the United States currently spends 2 percent of GDP on infrastructure, a 50 percent decline from 1960. Meanwhile, China is spending close to 9 percent of their GDP on infrastructure.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Bernie’s Notes

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1) The Paperless Cockpit

Link to article in The New York Times:

2) FAA Pushes Back Paperwork Deadline for Block Aircraft Registration Request Program

Link to article in Flight International:

3) Boeing Using ‘Brand Journalism’ to Turn Its Website Around

Link to article from

4) Southwest Airlines and Social Media Strategy: Five Lessons for Marketers

Link to blog on Social Media Explorer:


5) High-Tech South African Cops to Target Traffic Offenders

Link to article on IOL News:


6) Political Party Joins Montreal Newspaper’s Efforts to Get Mercier Bridge Inspection Reports

Link to article in The Gazette:


7) Three Carpooling Apps to Cut Commuting Costs

Link to blog on CNET:


8) Utah DOT Hopes Trailblazers Will Help Ease Commute

Link to story and video on KSL-TV:

9) South Chicago Suburbs Feel Like They’re on a Toll Road to Nowhere

Illinois Tollway policy bans blue hospitality signs promoting off-highway services.

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:


10) Awareness of Potential of eSafety Systems on the Rise

Link to article from ERTICO:


11) First iPhone Flying on Last Shuttle Mission

Link to article from NASA:

Link to further information from Odyssey Space Research:


12) Tourism New Zealand in Major Online Overhaul

Link to article on Tnooz:


13) Toronto Transit Commission Wants to Charge for Text Messages

Link to article in the Toronto Star:–like-those-ttc-texts-prepare-to-pay

14) Caltrain to Use Cameras as Suicides Rise

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

15) Metro-North Considers Winter Strategy

Improved customer communications and quicker decisions on service cuts are two priorities for next winter.

Link to article in The Advocate:


16) Roadwork Info Freer in Ontario than Quebec

Web simplicity; tight-lipped Quebec makes it tough.

Link to article in The Gazette:

17) Phone Data to Give a Picture of Traffic Shutdown in Los Angeles

Link to blog in The New York Times:

Link to news release from Waze and KABC-TV:


18) The Open-Source Car

Link to blog on ZDNet:;content

News Releases

1) CITE Offers Free Certificate Programs to New Students in July 2011

2) Washington State Technology Company Sues Ford Motor Company for Patent Infringement

Upcoming Events

Talking Freight Seminar: Engaging the Private Sector – July 20

Today in Transportation History  


1961 **50th anniversary** Israel launched its first rocket, Shavit 2.


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Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – July 4, 2011

July 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Monday, July 4, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) New Air Traffic Control System at Crossroads

Link to AP article:

2) New Guidance System for Skies Could Face Delays

Link to article and video in The Washington Post:


3) Distance Speed Cameras Locked-In In Australian Capital Territory

Link to article in The Canberra Times:

4) Costa Rican Traffic Cameras to Do More than Check Speeding Vehicles

Link to article on InsideCostaRica:


5) Israeli Government Committee to End Wildcat Spelling of Place Names

New policy designed to ‘make it easier to read maps and signs.’

Link to article in The Jerusalem Post:

6) Mumbaikars ‘Dislike’ Traffic Cops’ Facebook Page

Link to story on NDTV:

7) Florida’s Learner-Permit Driving Exam Returns Online, Raising Questions About Cheating

Link to article in The Palm Beach Post:

8) Intelligent Transport Systems in Action

Action plan and legal framework for the deployment of ITS in Europe.

Link to publication from the EU:


9) New Minnesota-Wisconsin Bridge Could Attract Overweight Rigs, but New Technology Could Snag Violators

Link to article in the Star Tribune:

10) Sri Lanka Signboards, Street Names – Being Visible Silently

Link to article in The Sunday Times:

11) Surprise, Arizona Produces Video About Their Intelligent Transportation System

Link to video:


12) OnStar Paying Special Attention to China with Mobile App Launch

Link to article on Torque News:


13) E-Ticketing Planned for Swiss Transport

Link to article on The Local:

14) Bus Rapid Transit Eyed as Speedy Solution for US 36 in Colorado

Link to article in the Boulder Daily Camera:


15) New Message Signs, Cameras Coming to Kentucky Highways

Link to AP article:


16) An Executive Viewpoint: Scott J. McCormick, President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association

Link to interview on

17) Connected Cars: Not Just Science Fiction Anymore

Link to article in PCWorld:

News Releases

1) innovITS Advance: Connecting Vehicles, Highways and Telecommunications

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Fundamentals of Machine Vision – Smart Cameras – July 12

Today in Transportation History  


1961 **50th anniversary** Soviet nuclear submarine K-19 developed a leak in its reactor coolant system resulting in the death of a number aboard the sub.

1981 **30th anniversary** Joy McGrath and Bernie Wagenblast were married in Westfield, New Jersey.


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