A little luck goes a long way…Pedestrian hit by car bounces off windshield, lands on feet

October 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

(via Yahoo)

Not often you see a guy get hit by a car and walk away unscathed.. That is exactly what happened in Russia.. Here is a video of the indicent, according to NBC, which showed the footage on the “Today” show, the car was being pursued by police who later released the video.. This man will have some cool stories to share with his grand children..

Job Alert: TMC Operations Manager – Virginia

October 21, 2012 at 10:45 am

Positions available in both Richmond, VA and Northern Virginia area.

  • Degree in a transportation related engineering discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in surface transportation systems or traffic engineering.
  • Responsible for supervising the day to day operations activities of a TOC to include control room operations and the Safety Service Patrol
  • Has experience with transportation specific field hardware and their interface with control software and equipment.
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of Intelligent Transportation Systems

If you are interested, please e-mail your resume: Transportgooru@gmail.com

Traffic Management in North Korea – Picture of a traffic warden/constable at duty

October 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Saw this image on a Reddit forum, courtesy of elfmachine100 who recently returned from a trip to North Korea.. Among all the pictures I saw this one – a North Korean Traffic Warden at an intersection. Amazing how disciplined she looks, as if she in a military parade, rapt in attention. And I’m also digging the aesthetically-pleasing sunshade she is standing under.

Source: reddit.com via Andy on Pinterest

American Studies Dissertation: Dissecting the Landscape – Highways that Made America

October 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Came across this interesting dissertation on American Studies by James Jarvis.. Yet to read it fully but a quick glance got me all intrigued. Now sharing with you… 

Disecting the Landscape: Highways That Made America

Bleeding Treasure – Nationwide Insurance’s Infograph shows the impact of congested traffic on our wallet

October 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

(via Nationwide)

To put it in simple terms, we blow up a lot of money sitting in traffic day in and day out.  Traffic congestion not only takes a toll on your mental & physical well being, but it also brings home a lot of economic pain. It is nice to see someone layout all this important statistics in an easy to understand, colorful visual.

So, how do we fix this mess? A good start would be to move towards transit-oriented development and provide good, cost-effective transit connectivity to the suburbs.. And add some bike lanes; etc, etc.  The solutions are plenty but we have to start somewhere before we go bankrupt.. soon!
The cost of traffic congestion.
Provided by Nationwide Insurance

Communications Director – Intelligent Transportation Society of America @ Washington, DC

October 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

ITS America is looking for a dynamic leader to be our new Communications Director and we wanted to reach out and see if you know of any qualified candidates who may be interested in applying.  Among other responsibilities, the Communications Director manages ITS America’s outreach to mainstream and trade media; serves as media spokesperson and functions as communications liaison to ITS America’s staff, state chapters and 400+ member companies and organizations; researches, writes and edits articles, press releases, online content and other promotional materials; and assists with the planning and promotion of meetings and events for the transportation industry, news media, policymakers and other key audiences.  Candidates should have at least 4-5 years of relevant experience, plus exceptional writing skills and attention to detail.  The position description is online at http://www.itsa.org/aboutus/itsamericapositionopenings, and candidates can submit their resume and writing samples to pfeenstra@itsa.org.

Japanese really love their trains – CNN infograph shows how trains are an integral part of Japan

October 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm


Thanks to CNN for this awesome infograph.. Who knew – Japan, with a population of~127 Million people, clocked an amazing 8 Billion trips annually, which put it at the top among nations with most number of trips by train. Interestingly,  next to Japan is India (with a population of 1.2 Billion), who despite its massive population only raked up 7.2 billion trips on its extensive rail network..

Image Courtesy: CNN

Listen Up, Homie! Seattle’s Blue Scholars Deliver Rail Safety Message With A Catchy Tune

October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

(via LakeWoodPatch)

Seattle’s Sound Transit decided to get  a little creative in delivering an important safety message for its citizens.  Boy, did they get creative.  Partnering with local talent, Blue Scholars, pulled together a music video touting the benefits of riding the train while driving home the importance of being safe around the railway tracks.  The message sounds compelling when laced and delivered with pretty catchy tune. I wish other transit agencies took a leaf from this effort and start opting for such creative messages rather than spending ungodly amount of money on the usual, boring printed PSAs.

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(Hat Tip: @JN_Seattle)

An electric motorcycle could be just what the doctor ordered for some urban drivers

October 10, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Via NYTimes

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Friday Fun: Dancing on the deck – F-35 Ship Suitability Testing

October 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Saw this beauty on my way out the door to start the weekend..   It is a bit old – Oct 2011- but still awesome to watch the beast fly in and out of the deck of a floating pad.. Description (as shown in the video below): the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant completed ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) off the coast of Virginia in October 2011. Combined, F-35B test aircraft BF-2 and BF-4 accomplished 72 short takeoffs and 72 vertical landings during the three-week testing period.

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On a related note, if you are an aviation/space enthusiast, there is a good reason why you should be up early on Sunday .. This weekend is you get to see the launch of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services-1 (CRS-1) mission. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Capsule is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Launch coverage will begin at 7 p.m. on NASA Television and http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. On Saturday, NASA TV will air an International Space Station Science Briefing at 3 p.m. and the SpaceX CRS-1 Prelaunch News Conference at 6 p.m. Have fun!

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