Respecting the Rules & Sharing the Road – Awesomely Polite Japanese Hooligans(!) Show How to Celebrate While Being Responsible Citizens of the Society

December 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

(Source: Reddit via YouTube)

Gotta love the Japanese Hooligans fans for their incredible politeness. Amazing how well behaved and orderly they are even celebrating their national’ team’s success on a global stage. Hmmm.. if only the Canadians, Americans and British behaved like this!!!

Seen below is an old video clip from June 201o that surfaced again on Reddit.  Shot in Tokyo during the early morning hours (video owner says 6AM)  on June 24, the Japanese soccer fans went crazy after their national team won a soccer game against Denmark during the 2010 World Cup.  They poured into the streets,  jumping around with unbridled excitement in the middle of a street.  But wait! Why are they retreat to the sidewalk from the middle of the street every few minutes? Every time the traffic light turned green for cars, they politely went back to the sidewalk, but once the traffic light turned red, they made a run for the middle of the road crossing.  I’m yet to see such a euphoric celebration by the Japanese folk in person.  Would be a sight to behold!

Note: I spotted a fan holding a beer bottle in this video.  Drinking at 6AM? Damn, son! What the heck.. It is after all a Friday and your national team has earned a glorious win in a World Cup soccer game.  Celebrate the heck out! Oh, anyone notice how friendly the traffic policemen were interacting with the fans. That would be unimaginable sight in the continental United States.

Event Alert: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Demonstrations @ Alameda, CA – January 17, 2012

December 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Don’t Miss Your Chance to be Part of the Connected Vehicle Demonstrations Taking Place in Alameda, CA 

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Alameda Naval Air Station Alameda, California

Registration Details:

Pre-registration is required.  Register online at:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and its research partners will be offering a live demonstration of connected vehicle safety technology at the Alameda Naval Air Station.  During the demonstration participants will be able to experience the cars in action, witness how wireless-based safety communications help prevent crashes, speak one-on-one with the government and industry researchers, and learn how connected vehicles will change the future of automobile safety.

Connected vehicle research is a multimodal initiative that enables safe, interoperable, networked wireless communication among vehicles, infrastructure, and other communications devices. The U.S. DOT is working with car companies, trucking firms, local communities, academia, and high technology firms on this significant life saving research initiative.  Don’t miss your chance to ride in these state-of-the-art, safety-equipped vehicles and  become part of the future of surface transportation

The Connected Vehicle Demonstration is a partnership between the U.S. DOT and the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP), which includes Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai/ KIA, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and the Volkswagen Group of America.

Questions? Contact Mike Pina at

To learn more about connected vehicles, visit:

London’s Tube Delivers Another YouTube Gem – Dancing Train Rider’s Unexpected Exit

December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

(Source:  YouTube via Reddit)

London’s transport systems have always served as a treasure trove for bizarre incidents caught on camera.. And this one is no exception.. The only difference is the funny twist.. And I’m glad no one is hurt!

Note: As always, the comments section on both YouTube and Reddit lit up with comments against and infavor of the dancer.. It is to be noted that if you are bold enough to get up and dance, you should be strong enough to bear the public humiliation you get.  Isn’t that what a real performer is all about!

Navigating TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC – Few good tips for the young transportation professionals

December 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Cross-posted on YPTVoice, the blog for Young Professional in Transportation (YPT)

TRB Annual Meeting Tips from Ananda Palanisamy on Vimeo.

YPT Voice is pleased to present the sixth in a 10-week series of blog posts to introduce YPTers to the TRB Annual Meeting (#TRBAM) and to help them prepare for the annual conference in January 2012.  A complete summary of YPT-recommended TRBAM events will be available before and during the conference.

Dear YPT-ers,

When I was approached by YPT to share some tips for fellow-YPT-ers in terms of maximizing their benefit while attending the upcoming TRB, I chose to take a different route and opt for a video blog post rather than the the usual text-laden post. Thanks to my wife Chithra Jeyaram (@RealTalkies), a skilled film-maker from Univ. of Texas, I managed to get a quick video post done. Let us know what you think.

Oh, please remember this video only offers some random thoughts and by no means should be considered as a comprehensive tool when you are preparing to attend the TRB Annual Meeting. One item left out in this above video is the possibility of running into poor internet connectivity. Though the lobby at conference hotels offer free internet, it is often slow and not secure. The situation gets even worse when you are holed up in many of the conference rooms during the event. So my advice is to you, if possible, is to bring an aircard that can help you connect to the internet when you are attending the event.

Also, one more item I forgot to mention in the above video is the busy lunch/dinner times in the nearby eateries around the conference hotels, esp. around Marriott and Omni Shoreham. Yes! Trust me it gets very busy and sometimes meetings attendees have to skip lunch in order to make it to the next session on time. So, do not hesitate to hop on the metro Redline and get to the adjacent stops – Cleveland Park & Dupont Circle are located on either side of the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station. There are plenty of eateries around Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park stations and can help save you considerable amount of time, which you otherwise would have spent waiting in line at the eateries around Woodley Park station.

Finally, do check out the TRB Facebook page and follow the daily updates shared on the feed wall. If you find anything interesting or worth sharing, please do not hesitate to share with fellow attendees.

Looking forward to meeting you all at the YPT Reception.

Previous posts in the #TRBAM  2012 series:

Flying on Empty – NPR Explores Why Airlines Keep Going Bankrupt

December 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

(Source: NPR Planet Money)

I was listening to this NPR podcast on the way to work and felt compelled to share with my readers.. Amazing Fact: Pretty much every major full service American airline has filed for Bankruptcy in the past two decades and one of them (U.S. Airways) actually declared bankruptcy twice in three years.  “The industry in aggregate has lost about $60 billion over the 32 years since deregulation, ” says Severin Borenstein, an economist at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkley. Meh!

This left me shaking my head in disbelief! Aren’t we the country full of smart MBA grads from top business schools like Harvard, Yale, et al. running some of these businesses? Anyways, if you got a couple of extra minutes, do check out Severin Borenstein’s detailed paper that goes into great details explaining how the airline business is not for the weakest of heart.

On a related note, Boston Globe had an interesting article back in November 2011 that is somewhat optimistic about the future of aviation. Worth a read while you are still suspended in disbelief after reading/listening to the above NPR material.

Are you a couch potato? If yes, this one is for you – Nice video animation makes a compelling argument to walk and bike

December 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

(Source: YouTube via @Ben_Caves)

You can either write volumes to say how important it is to include physical activities such as walking, biking, etc as part of your life style for a healthy life. Or, you can instead opt to doing something as simple as this video animation and make a compelling argument for an active lifestyle.  Great video by DocMikeEvans with a great message!

Job Alert: Management and Program Analyst @ USDOT’s Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

December 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

(Source:  Young Prof. in Transportation)

Position: Management and Program Analyst
Announcement Number: AWA-APP-12-MT19408-23534
Opening Date: Dec 07, 2011
Close Date: Dec 28, 2011
Series: 343
Business Component: Associate Administrator for Airports, Airport Planning and Programming, Airport Financial Assistance, Airport Improvement Program
Duty Location(s): Washington, District of Columbia
Total Number of Openings: 1
Salary Range: $74,780 – $141,735
Additional Salary Info: The salary above includes a 24.22% locality payment for the Washington metro area.
Grade(s): FV-I / FV-J
Job Status: Full Time
Appointment Duration: Permanent
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) – U.S. Citizens: A fixed relocation payment of $10,000 will be paid to new hires to Federal service and student trainees; and a fixed relocation payment of $25,000 will be paid to employees with status.
Who May Apply:
U.S. Citizens
We are not accepting applications from non-U.S. citizens.
How We Will Evaluate You:
Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s).All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated.
Key Requirements:
U.S. Citizen
The Next Generation of Flight is Underway – and you can be part of it! We need you and your fresh ideas to shape the air transportation system of tomorrow, and the way America flies. Come be a part of the new generation in aviation, an industry that is absolutely critical to this nation’s economy and security.The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a fundamental transformation of our nation’s airspace system. It uses 21st century technologies to meet future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky and on the runways, further improve safety, and protect the environment. For more information on NextGen, watch this brief introduction: Giving the World New Ways to Fly
Job Duties:
The incumbent will perform a wide variety of national level funds oversight and analytical duties associated with all aspects of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) budget process. This includes providing guidance, oversight, and tracking of funds obligations, to ensure compliance with AIP statutory requirements, program authorizations and appropriation. The AIP annual budget generally exceeds $3 billion annually. The incumbent will perform financial planning; reviews and necessary calculations of annual legislative authorization and appropriation proposals. Incumbent will serve as a national subject matter expert in developing and maintaining guidance on financial management and funds control responsibilities for the AIP. Provides budget and legislative related advice and guidance to management, staff, regional office personnel along with the general public. Prepares written responses to public and Congressional inquiries on the implementation of the AIP.
Minimum Qualifications:
All applicants must demonstrate one-year of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade. For the FV-I level, applicants must have one year at the FV-H or FG/GS-12 level in the federal service. SPECIALIZED experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform duties of the position and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. (eg. performs wide variety to determine and analyze airport captital improvement) For the FV-J level, applicants must have one year at the FV-I or FG/GS-13 level in the federal service. SPECIALIZED experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform duties of the position and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organzation (eg. subject matter expert and provides leadership analyzing airport capital improvement plan).
Other Job Requirements:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)
  1. Ability to analyze and convey financial and technical information to a variety of audiences in meetings, presentations, or briefings.
  2. Skill in the application of fiscal management techniques and processes.
  3. Knowledge of applicable statutes, regulations, and directives controlling the AIP and familiarity with other related programs, e.g., Passenger Facility Charge, National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, Facilities & Equipment, etc.
  4. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (including MS Excel and MS Word) and reporting system (including the Systems of Airports (SOAR), DELPHI (financial management system), or a standard database system (eg. MS. Access or Oracle Discoverer).
IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate. Answers may be adjusted as appropriate.
FAA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits programs. To learn more about the federal government benefits, please click here.
More Information About This Job:
  • We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Position may be subject to a background investigation.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Direct deposit of pay is required.

  1. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all external announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this external announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA. In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include work history that describes how you meet the answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate.
  2. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the KSA listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration. Failure to meet minimum qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.
  3. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at
  4. FAA organizations may offer service credit towards the accrual of annual leave to certain newly appointed or reappointed employees. In order to receive consideration for such a benefit, applicants’ prior non-Federal service or active duty uniformed service must directly relate to the duties of the position to which appointed. Granting service credit is at the sole discretion of the hiring organization, and granting such benefit is not an entitlement nor guaranteed to any newly hired employee.
  5. Applicants must apply on-line ( Applicants must have a status of “Submitted” by 11:59 PM CST on the closing date for it to be accepted. Applications submitted via email or fax WILL NOT be considered.
  6. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.
  7. This position is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement No. AWA-APP-12-MT19408-23539 as Current or Former Federal Employees & EVHO. Please review both vacancy announcements to determine if you are eligible to apply.
This is a bargaining unit position.
Required Documents:
You must submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resource Office. Veterans Preference will only be considered based on what is supported. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, the Human Resource office may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
For more information on this job:Call the Human Resource Services Division at 202-267-8012 or email to 9-AWA-AHR-200-VACANCYINQUIRY@FAA.GOV.
Servicing HR office:
Federal Aviation Administration
Human Resource Services Division
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 523
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8012
Fax Number: 202 267-7032

Infograph: HopStop Data Reveals Top Urban Travel Trends; Washington, DC beats New York City and San Francisco Among Top Three Biking Cities

December 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

(Source: Hop Stop)

An interesting infograph on Urban travel patterns.

HopStop, the leading provider of pedestrian navigation and mobile transit routing, has developed its first Urban Travel Patterns infographic to shed light on these activities. Based on more than 400 million HopStop routes and 2.25 billion miles traveled, the new data showcases major travel trends in several large cities, as well as how consumers are using HopStop’s online and mobileservices to get around town.

Image Courtesy: HopStop - HopStop Data Reveals Top Urban Travel Trends

Oh, England. Why you so racist? Another embarrassing episode of racist woman caught on camera

December 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

(Source: Reddit)

This is not just another episode of racist English woman spewing nasty words in a public transit system caught on camera.. This one features an interesting twist.. Yes! A loud potty mouth riding a bus in London on Tuesday night starts abusing her fellow passenger calling him racial slurs. The situation quickly escalates into a physical altercation. Too bad she underestimated her opponent before putting her hands on him, which swiftly earns her a good beating. Apart from the self-humiliation she inflicted on herself, she gets thrown out of the bus as the melee ends.  As usual, the funny Redditors have made some awesome comments.Recommend reading them for a good laugh.

FYI – The video upload date reveals that it is an older incident (June 2011) but somehow found its way to the limelight after living in the dark depths of YouTube.

Here is an earlier article that discussed the issue of racist rants caught in public:

Are Britain’s Public Transit Systems Fast Becoming Social/Cultural Flash Points For Racists?

No Ticket on ScotRail? This is what happens when you cheat on your train ticket in Scotland

December 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

(Source: YouTube via Reddit)

Some poor bloke on ScotRail gets into an argument with the Ticket checker after getting caught for riding free on the train and doesn’t heed the call to get off the train. Repeatedly. Boom! There comes a fellow-rider who didn’t bat an eye and proceeds to gets involved.. What unfolded next can only be described as the “Scottish treatment” ..