Keeping it local – Ditching the car (and riding transit) helps keep your money in the local economy

September 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

(Source: via Betacity)

 According to this infographic from Denver bikes, four of five dollars you spend on your car leave your local economy.  To keep 130k transportation dollars in your local economy your city would need to reduce car ownership by 15k cars.  Which could mean 15k more bike owners, and bike money stays 100 percent local which makes good business sense.

Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

 Monday, September 26, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Transportation Voice Recordings

If you’re a reader of the TCN you’re probably interested in good communications. Part of that is making sure your message is clear and persuasive. I can help you with that. I’m one of the few people who specialize in transportation voice recordings. There are unique challenges in communicating in transportation environments such as acoustics and background noise, and I can help you deal with those challenges. My voice is heard by thousands daily in one of the toughest locations in the world, the New York City subway. I’m also the voice who welcomes travelers to Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports onboard the AirTrain.

Transit isn’t the only place my work can be heard. For example, I’ve narrated videos for Econolite, and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority; TV and radio commercials for NJ Transit; phone recordings for TransCore and PATH; and a PowerPoint presentation for the I-95 Corridor Coalition. I’ve even done line announcing, such as for the cornerstone laying ceremony for the new 1 World Trade Center tower.

Click here to read what some of my clients have said. I’d be honored to be considered for your project. Please contact me for more information.

1) United Pilots: Rushed New Procedures Hurt Safety

Link to AP article:

Link to news release from the Air Line Pilots Association, International:


2) Costa Rican Road Safety Agency Publishes List of Those Caught on Speed Camera

Link to article on InsideCostaRica:


3) Presentations Available from TRB Webinar: Keeping Up with Communication Technology — An Online Workshop on the Practical Use of Social Media

Link to presentations from the Transportation Research Board:


4) Pennsylvania DOT Seeks Help Restoring Keystone Markers

Link to article in The Patriot-News:


5) ‘E-gate’ Ups Airline Security

Faces and irises of passengers are recognized before boarding flights.

Link to AFP article:

Link to news release from AOptix:

6) In Texas, Siemens Tests Cellphone-Powered Traffic Evacuation System

Link to article in automotive IT:


7) Interview with Susan Heystee, Executive Vice President, Telogis

Link to interview in Telematics Update:


8) Real-Time Dublin Bus Arrival Information System Launched for Mobile and Web

Link to article on

Link to news release from Dublin Bus:

9) BART Directors: Maybe We Don’t Need a Cell Shutdown Policy

Link to story from KALW Radio:

10) Cellphone Service Undergoes Improvements in DC Metro Transit System

Link to article in The Washington Post:

11) Mad for Metro-North, a Rail Rider is on a Mission

Emily Moser’s blog chronicles the lines of New York commuter railroad.

Link to article in The New York Times:

Link to I Ride the Harlem Line:


12) Authorities Launch Beirut Control Center to Rein in Traffic

Link to article in The Daily Star:

13) Iowa DOT Makes Changes to 511 Traffic Website

Link to story on Radio Iowa:

14) Study Shows Local TV and Radio Primary Sources for Traffic and Transportation News and Information

Link to study from the Pew Research Center:


15) News in automotive IT International

–  car-IT Congress: BMW’s Frickenstein Says LTE is Needed

–  carIT Congress: VDA President Says Car and Internet are Complimentary

News Releases

1) ‘Gadget Addicts’ Cause Havoc on UK Roads

2) Live Images of I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in North Carolina Now Available Online

3) Queensland Launches New Traffic Mobile Phone Website and Twitter Feeds

Upcoming Events

Recent Developments in Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems – September 27 – Cambridge, Massachusetts (also available via Webinar)

Today in Transportation History    

1961 **50th anniversary** Charles Erwin Wilson, a former CEO of General Motors, as well as a former US Secretary of Defense, died in Norwood, Louisiana.,_Charles_E.


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Job Alert: Strategic Advisor, GS-0301-12/14 @ U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)

September 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks a Strategic Advisor to join our team.  RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.

This position is located in the Office of Administration, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) in Washington, DC, where you will serve as a confidential strategic advisor to RITA’s Administrator and assists on a wide range of national transportation strategic and institutional issues as well as carry out special assignments which cover a wide range of program issues.

If you know someone interested in this Washington, D.C. based position with relevant experience and proven results please encourage them to apply under the attached vacancy announcement.  RITA is looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

The vacancy announcements can be found on:

Merit Promotion Announcement:

Public Announcement:

Heavy rains in Virginia brings floods and an idiot out on the road – Man tubing down Rt 29, In Fairfax, VA (Video)

September 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Some may argue this as fun,  but this is nothing but stupidity and hands down dangerous (not just for him but also for any driver trying to navigate his vehicle through these flooded roads).