Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-13/14) – USDOT @ Washington, DC

July 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking a Transportation Specialist to join the Washington, DC office.  The ideal candidate will be a mid-career transportation specialist with experience in managing highway improvement projects and implementing programs and initiatives that promote transportation technologies and partnerships.Duties:The Transportation specialist will:

  • Serve as the expert and lead FHWA authority in deploying the SHRP2 suite of project management tools.
  • Serve as the technical lead/task monitor for the R09 and R10 task order for product development and implementation.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive awareness of highway project aspects to include engineering design, construction, administration, and management.
  • Create effective relationships with senior-level FHWA stakeholders that are involved in deployment of SHRP2 project management products.

The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) was authorized by Congress in 2005 to address some of the most pressing concerns with regard to highway transportation. This includes the nation’s roadway safety, renewal, reliability, and capacity issues. The goal of SHRP 2 is to ensure that the most critical highway user needs are addressed, such as increasing safety, reducing congestion, minimizing disruption to users when roads are being rehabilitated, and providing new capacity that enhances neighborhoods and avoids environmental harm. SHRP 2 is also focused on producing methods and guidance, as well as technologies, designed to help agencies make the changes necessary to better serve their customers while managing the risk involved with institutional change.

NOTE: The deadline to submit application is Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Click here to learn more and to apply

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Car wash from hell?

July 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

Probably some god awful things happened at this car wash? LOL.

Source: Imgur via Reddit

USA Today: Cars that ‘talk’ to each other move a step closer (Video)

July 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

The USA Today carried an update on the Connected Vehicle technology test program underway in Michigan.  The federally-funded program carried out by University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute explores safety gains that can be achieved using dedicated short-range communications technology to help cars communicate with one another to prevent accidents.  The video below shows how this technology works.  Also, you can read the accompanying article here.

Hitting aircraft with a laser beam can land you in jail in the U.S.A. but not in Egypt (and it looks pretty cool)

July 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Pointing a laser beam on an aircraft can land you in the jail if you were in the US. But that is not the case if you happen to be in the middle of in Egypt’s Tahrir Square this past weekend..  And you might even get a lot of support for doing so if that said aircraft is hovering and monitoring the swell of protesters gathered at the public square.. Here is a shot of the awesome laser-on-helicopter show via The Atlantic’s In Focus

Laser Painted Helicopter in Cairo’s Tahrir Square (image courtesy: Reuters via The Atlantic)

Another view of the laser shots from the ground (Image Courtesy: AP Photo via The Atlantic)

Ground to air perspective of the laser shots at the helicopter (image courtesy: AFP via The Atlantic)

Here is a video of the June 30, 2013 incident showing the military helicopter illuminated by green laser lights from below, as it flies above Tahrir Square while a huge crowd of protesters opposing Egyptian President Morsi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members, in Cairo.

Infograph: NYC publishes one month report card for its popular bikeshare program

July 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s twitter account shared this awesome infograph this afternoon, detailing the stats/numbers behind the Citibike Bikesharing Program as it completed its wildly successful 1st month.  At this rate, NYC can be assured that it is a smashing success and will remain a key part of the city’s transportation infrastructure for decades to come.  Check it out the infograph below (also check out the comments in the embedded tweet below)

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And someone just posted this “Rush hour”  pic. on twitter

New NYC Rush hour (via