USDOT’s National Distracted Driving Telephone Survey: Most Drivers Answer the Call, Hold the Phone, & Continue to Drive

January 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm

The USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published these two documents (Dec 2011) and I thought some of you might find it useful.

NHTSA – National Dist. Driving Telephone Survey – Tt407

NHTSA – Driver Electronic Device Use in 2010 – 811517

Transportation Bill – Reactions from the social web

January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Today the House version of the Transportation Re-authorization bill was unveiled amidst mixed reactions. Here is an attempt to showcase the Social Media reactions/reception for the bill.. By no means this is comprehensive but it gives you a flavor for the ground sentiments..

USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics Releases Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012

January 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has published the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012 – a quick reference guide to significant transportation data. The 15th annual Pocket Guide covers data on transportation safety, state of good repair, system use and performance, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability. To order a copy of the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012, go to the BTS website publications page. This free guide can also be obtained by contacting BTS by phone at 800-853-1351, by e-mail at or by mail sent to Product Orders, RITA/Bureau of Transportation Statistics, USDOT, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Room E36-109, Washington, D.C. 20590. Non-orders contact Dave Smallen: 202-366-5568.

BTS – Pocket Guide 2012

Job(s) Alert: Cambridge Systematics To Host Two Recruiting Sessions at TRB Annual Meeting

January 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

(Source: via Young Professional in Transportation (YPT) Blog)

Cambridge Systematics is hosting two recruiting sessions in Washington, DC during the TRB Annual Meeting. This is a great opportunity to learn more about transportation consulting careers!

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Awesomeness x 3 –>Three generations of Mars Rovers

January 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Awesome X 3! Three generations of Mars rovers (via Reddit).

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Job Alert: Community Planners – U.S.DOT’s Transportation Policy and Planning Technical Center (RVT-20) at Volpe – Cambridge, MA

January 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration seeks several Community Planners to join the  Transportation Policy and Planning Technical Center (RVT-20) of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center).  Located in Kendall Square area in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Volpe Center plays a unique role in looking across the transportation enterprise by applying its multi-disciplinary capabilities to anticipate future transportation issues and challenges across all modes of transportation. These positions are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

We seek several talented Community Planners interested in joining our consulting teams to develop, plan, and implement guidance, tools, strategies, and programs related to transportation planning, environmental stewardship, realty, and transportation research. As part of our teams, you will help increase the level of expertise of transportation professionals within our clients’ organizations; support better-prepared transportation plans that serve state and local government needs; and advance professional capacity building initiatives across Federal and state agencies. You will work with several teams contributing to major projects, and lead other smaller projects.

These are great opportunities for professionals with varying levels of experience in transportation planning, professional capacity building, and strategic and community and stakeholder involvement. You must have superb analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills, and be able to excel in an entrepreneurial, fast -paced environment.Transcripts are required (see details in “How to Apply” tab in the official announcement). You will be required to submit writing samples if you are invited to interview.

Given our ongoing needs, we will review applications and refer top candidates for interviews multiple times during the open period of the announcement. The first application review will be January 23, 2012. Thereafter, we will do monthly reviews with the final one occurring after the application deadline, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

The Community Planner GS-0020-11-12 (Term Appointments) announcement is posted to the Public on www.usajobs.opm.gov

If you or someone you know has the experience and proven results, I encourage you or them to apply.  We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates.  Please contact Elizabeth León at or 617-494-2214 if you have any questions.

New York Subway Never Looked This Sexy! “Zilla Marching” Bonebreakers Make NYC Subway Look Post-Apocalyptic

January 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

(Source: YouTube)

Time and time again have we seen a lot of cool stuff happen in NYC subway.  And this video below only adds to the already superchill NYC and takes the awesomeness up one notch. A bunch of super-skilled dancers wearing gas masks and dancing in the subway stations and in the trains is nothing sort of mesmerizing and sorta transformed the subway into a post-apocalyptic backdrop.. Take a look..

Social Media go to site,, ranked this as one of the 6 mind blowing dance videos on YouTube, and offered some insights into dance: “Bonebreaking” is an integrated dance style incorporating tutting, elements of krumping, popping and turfing. Dancers’ movements completely blur the limits of flexibility. The costumes and dramatic NYC subway station backdrops work nicely to enhance the dancing style. The outdoor platform and dripping water effects are haunting and, combined with the gas masks, we’re definitely feeling the post-apocalyptic vibe.”

Motorcycle racer chops off finger to avoid missing Superbike season

January 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Via Scoop.itTransportation Today

Rather than risk missing out on the 2012 Superbike season, Suzuki rider John Hopkins decided to have one of his fingers amputated. Hopkins finger problems began when he crashed while practicing for the Czech Grand Prix. Although the fall didn’t look bad initially it led to six operations with the promise of more trips under the knife. (via Jalopnik)

FLASH KICK in London – Samsung’s Viral Video Project Grabs The Attention of London’s Victoria Station Commuters

January 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Great footwork and execution!  Samsung has a winner on its hands. Ding, Ding, Ding.    A boring evening commute at London’s Victoria Station, got a bit of fun added, courtesy of Samsung as part of its advertisement campaign for its Galaxy Note.


“A football match has just broken out at London Victoria Station.” Watch to see how four footballers use fancy footwork, along with the brilliant screen and innovative S Pen of the Samsung GALAXY Note, to transform a routine commute into a spectacular event for Londoners.


Not for the 1% – What Recession? Rolls-Royce Sold More Cars Last Year Than Ever Before (+37%)

January 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Via Scoop.itTransportation Today

Rolls-Royce — the luxury car brand that makes all other luxury carmakers feel young, vibrant and West Egg-ish — saw a seemingly astounding 31% increase in sales in 2011. RR saw a seemingly astounding 31% increase in sales in 2011. Rolls sold 3,538 Spirit of Ecstasy-ornamented barges of bountiful bank accounts — making it the best year of sales in the brand’s 107-year-old history. Breaking out those sales across the globe, Rolls saw 47% higher sales in the Asia Pacific region, and Middle East sales were up 23%. North America — home to the United States, the brand’s most important market — saw sales blossom by 17%.