A terrible parking job gets a fantastic feedback from a fellow driver

April 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Source: Reddit.com

Redditor @accioreddit posted these awesome pics. below with a note “I went to leave a rude note then I saw someone had beat me to it…” Let’s get started with the pic. of the terrible parking job..

Image Courtesy: Imgur via Reddit

and now the feedback…

Image Courtesy: Reddit via Imgur

Star Trek? Awe Struck!!! Star Wars Fan Dressed Up As Storm Trooper Walks 5000 Kilometers Across Australia to Raise Funds for Charity

April 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Jacob French is not your average Star Wars fan.  He dressed up as a storm trooper and walked across Australia from Perth to Sydney.  He apparently lost 12 kilos in weight and wore out 7 pairs of shoes before completing his nine month journey pushing a little cart. Why was he walking 10hrs a day wearing a stromtrooper costume for 9 months in that stifling heat across flies-infested lands.  Is he nuts? No, he did it to raise awareness for the Star Light Foundation. He raised $100,000, $50K more than he set out to raise. This is an awesome video showing him walking in full gear matched to a beautiful John Williams score.

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Escalator Boondoggle – The Never Ending Nightmare of Failed Escalators in Wash. DC Metro Documented in Video

April 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The video from Reason.TV  says it all. .  For those who care to read, check the Reason Foundation’s blog  post, which gives a good idea of what is  wrong with DC’s WMATA and its escalator management..

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And seen below a customer’s creative and preemptive response for the agency’s yet-to-begin-customer survey.  After seeing the video above, don’t you think he and other riders like him are shelling $$ on this system are justified to deliver such a verdit  (actually the video doesn’t even address the plethora of other problems beyond the elevators and escalators that is plaguing the system) I’m sure many rider in the DC metropolitan area feel the same way..


Image courtesy: @dcmetrosucks via Twitter

Job alert: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation

April 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

The Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation (CMRT), a private non-profit transit management firm located in Central Maryland, is conducting a search for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization through its next level of growth.  The CEO will be responsible for the general oversight of a multi-jurisdictional transit system with an annual operating budget of $15 million and ridership of more than 1.6 million passengers.

This position will report to the CMRT Board Chair and its elected Board of Directors and will manage a professional and support staff of approximately twenty-five employees.

The CEO must have demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, be a creative problem solver, maintain a keen understanding of political affairs as well as business and government relationships.  Experience in grant writing and working knowledge of federal and state processes and policies preferred.  Qualified candidates should possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Preferred) in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field, have excellent communication skills, and also have at least 5 years’ experience in a senior management capacity with a transit organization or similar business enterprise.

CMRT offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  The position will remain open until filled, however; applicants are encouraged to apply by May 4, 2012.  Interested persons should submit a resume, cover letter and salary history to CMRT Executive Search Committee, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 1000, Laurel MD  20707; email: hr@cmrtransit.org.


The Central Maryland Regional Transit Corporation, a non-profit regional transportation management organization, seeks a highly motivated professional to be responsible for the development and oversight of a one-call/one-click transportation resource center that provides information on transportation options throughout central Maryland.  The TRIP Mobility Manager is responsible for building coordination among the existing public transportation and human service transportation providers within the service area of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as the City of Baltimore, the City of Laurel, and Washington DC.


Specific duties include the oversight of the centralized information call center and website and direct supervision of TRIP staff.   The position will regularly meet with project stakeholders to continue to build community networks, continue to improve and build on TRIP outreach efforts, develop strategies for seeking additional funding sources, and to leverage existing funding with non-FTA federal programs.

TRIP has received a federal grant to expand the program statewide.  This position will also be responsible for managing and implementing this project.


Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation/Urban Planning, Business/Public Administration, Marketing or related field and minimum of five (5) years job experience in public sector transportation or non-profit organization management.  Additionally, candidates must exhibit excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.  Marketing/outreach expertise valuable, but not required.


$52,500 – $60,000, commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

CMRT Human Resources
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 1000
Laurel, MD 20707


Job Alert: Director for Center for Safety Management Systems – USDOT’s Volpe Center @ Cambridge, MA

April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration seeks a senior executive to serve as the Director of the Center for Safety Management Systems (RVT-30) of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center). Located in the Kendall Square area of 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. This is a permanent position in the Senior Executive Service, and it is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reporting to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Research and Innovation, you will lead and oversee the Center for Safety Management Systems comprised of three technical divisions with a combined technical/scientific federal staff of 80 employees; a portfolio of 93 projects; and average annual obligations of $70 million. This Center maintains and applies internationally recognized capabilities in the acquisition, maintenance, distribution, and analysis of transportation safety data to assist transportation entities in taking effective actions to reduce the number and severity of transportation-related deaths, injuries, and property damage. The Director will also collaborate with other Technical Center Directors in overseeing Volpe’s support for safety programs for other DOT organizations in addition to safety management systems for FAA and FMCSA.
To succeed in this rewarding and challenging leadership position, candidates must have expertise leading applied research and technology projects in safety management systems in the transportation field. Candidates must also possess exceptional management, planning and communication skills, and be willing and able to contribute as part of a collaborative management team. Travel is required (30-50%).

The announcement is posted to the Public at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/311508000

Application deadline: Extended to May 1, 2012

Today in Aviation History: April 12, 1911 – Pierre Prier makes the first non-stop passenger flight, traveling from London to Paris.

April 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

April 12, 1911: Pierre Prier makes the first Non-Stop flight across the English Channel from London to Paris. The flight was made in a Bleriot XI (11) (model shown below). The flight lasted 3h56m, to fly the 290 Miles/ 466 Kilometers.

Aviator Pierre Prier - Image Courtesy: EarlyAviators.com


Bleriot XI (11) -Image Courtesy: Whatjustflewby.blogspot.com

Engineered in Britain – These iconic Brompton fold-up bicycles give Brits one more reason to feel proud –

April 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

(Source: Institution for Mechanical Engineers, UK)

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The video says it all.. Quite an awesome product.  Wondering if anyone in the Washington, DC managed to snag one of these bikes? If you are a proud owner of a Brampton and you are reading this, please drop a note (in the “Comments” section below) sharing your personal experience riding/owning this beauty. Though the bikes are made towards the Urban commuter market, it seems to be very versatile as shown in this BBC video.  Also to note is the fast growing popularity of these bikes – 30,000 units churned out of the Brampton factory per year – despite the steep price (around $1400 – $1600 as seen on the web).  It will be nice to know what it feels like to ride one of these.

Google’s Self-Driving Car Demo With Legally Blind Driver Shows a World of Possibilities

April 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

(Source: Google)

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Google hits a home-run with this real-life demonstration of  its autonomous vehicle by putting a vision-impaired person behind the driving wheel in the regular streets.  Steve Mahan, the man behind the wheel, is legally blind (95% gone) and he goes about what most of us drivers do in a normal day – runs errands, stops by a drive-through window for a burrito, picks up his dry cleaning, etc – all this without touching the steering wheel.   For people like him this self-driving car should feel like a god-sent and the level of autonomy it offers should be priceless.