Chickens on a Chinese Highway – Thousands of chickens escape after truck overturns on a motorway in China

January 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm

via ITN on YouTube

Police in China have tried to catch thousands of chickens after they escaped from an overturned truck on a highway. More than 3,000 of the birds got loose following the accident in south-west Guizhou Province, when the vehicle swerved after a sharp turn. Police managed to recapture around 900 of the animals from the road and nearby bushes and helped put them back into their cages.

USDOT Free Online Resource for Transportation Professionals and Students to Learn More about Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

January 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Your colleagues are already taking advantage of the USDOT’s web-based textbook on intelligent transportation systems, the ITS ePrimer. It’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon. Visit the USDOT website and explore the electronic resource’s in-depth modules describing key ITS topics.

The ITS ePrimer helps transportation professionals and students better understand how ITS is integrated into the planning, design, deployment, and operations of surface transportation systems. It’s both a stand-alone reference document for practitioners as well as a text for education and training programs.

Image Courtesy: ITS JPO @ USDOT

Each module includes interactive content via video and web links. Learn more about:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation Management Systems
  • Traffic Operations
  • Personal Transportation
  • Freight, Intermodal, and Commercial Vehicle Operations
  • Public Transportation
  • Electronic Toll Collection and Pricing
  • Supporting ITS Technologies
  • Rural and Regional ITS Applications
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Institutional Issues
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Emerging Issues.

The ePrimer is a free resource offered via the USDOT website. All materials can be downloaded for later use.

What are you waiting for? Click here and expand your knowledge now!

Job Alert: Associate I (Urban Planning) – Strategic Economics Inc. @ San Francisco, CA

January 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Strategic Economics is a consulting and research firm specializing in urban, regional and real estate economics.  The firm assists local governments, transit agencies, developers, and non-profit organizations in understanding the economic and development context in which they operate. The outcome of our work is to help organizations take strategic steps towards creating high quality places for people to live and work.

Strategic Economics is seeking to hire an Associate I, with knowledge and interest in urban planning and real estate economics.

This position will work on a variety of projects that may include: real estate market analysis; fiscal impact analysis; transit-oriented development strategies; and regional economic development strategies. The following skills and experience are required:

  • Masters degree in city planning, public policy or a related field is required.
  • Strong analytical skills – The applicant must have experience analyzing various data sources, including Census and employment data.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following areas: statistical analysis, regional economic analysis, pro forma modeling, market analysis, and/or fiscal analysis.
  • Strong proficiency with Excel, ArcView (GIS), Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Some consulting experience preferred

Creative thinkers are encouraged to apply. The ability to manage budgets, deadlines, and other staff as well as demonstrated experience with independent work and leadership is highly desirable.

The position is full-time and available immediately.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter, resume and work sample to  Incomplete submittals will not be considered or reviewed.

Strategic Economics is an equal opportunity employer.



Brilliant ideas galore! The Six-Minute Pitch: Transportation Start-up Challenge

January 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Please join us for Session 651, The Six-Minute Pitch: Transportation Start-up Challenge

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:45PM – 5:30PM, Marriott Salon 3

Sponsored by the TRB Young Members Counci

In this exciting session, young professionals pitch their ideas for the “next big thing” to a panel of successful transportation industry entrepreneurs and investors in just 6 min or less. Following each pitch, the panel will provide immediate feedback on the market potential, business model, and the incorporation of innovative technologies or techniques and the latest research in the pitch. An honorary winner will be declared at the end of this fast-paced, interactive session.

GTFS in the World – Workshop on OpenTransit Data (Jan 15 @ Washington, DC)

January 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Event Date & Time: January 15, 2:30PM-5:30PM

Organization of American States
Padilha Vidal Meeting Room (Terrace Level)
1889 F Street NW
Washington DC 20006

Hosted By: TransitCenter / REEEP
Twitter Hashtag#GTFSintheWorld

GTFS in the World, a follow-up to the GTFS for the Rest of Us event in November 2013, kicks off on January 15th during the Transportation Research Board annual meeting week, and you’re invited to take part. Everyone is welcome and this is a free event.

Program includes:
  • Ignite Talks: The Rise of Open Transit Data – how did we get here, where will we go? with Neil Taylor and Christopher Titze
  • GTFS in the World – how open transit data works in world cities, and what the U.S. can learn, moderated by Chris Zegras with Holly Krambeck,  Sarah Williams, Jackie Klopp and Emily Eros.
  • Building an Open Transit Community – what do practitioners and policymakers need to continue the work? What should a resource center provide? moderated by Shin-pei Tsay with Janae FutrellKevin Webb, and Kevin Chambers
  • Open Table Roundtable – Technologists roll up their sleeves and show off open-source collaboration facilitated by Neil Taylor and Aaron Antrim

To facilitate entry into the building, please RSVP, arrive a little early, and bring ID.

At the event’s end, we will continue conversations at an establishment close by TBA.

Click here to RSVP

Job Alert: Supervisory Administrative Program Coordinator, GS-0340-14 – USDOT’s FHWA @ Lakewood, CO

January 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Applications Date: 11:59PM @ January 16, 2014

The employee serves under the Director of Program Administration for the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD). Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in Lakewood, Colorado. The CFLHD is responsible for the program administration of the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) and the design and construction of transportation system projects on Federally-owned lands in 14 States covering the central, western, and southwestern United States. Possessing the same level of authority as other CFLHD Branch Chiefs, the employee has the authority and responsibility for the management of day-to-day activities to ensure that a broad range of financial management and administrative services are provided throughout the Division. In this capacity, the employee maintains constant awareness of the status and effectiveness of associated programs, processes, procedures, and practices, and is thereby required to formulate, determine or influence Division level policies.

The ideal candidate for this position would be an experienced career professional who is collaborative, mission focused, has an excellent skill set in working with employees, and has experience in delivery of the Federal Highway Programs and demonstrated experience with assuring the accuracy and integrity of financial analysis, reporting, disclosure, internal controls and management information systems. The candidate would also have experience providing day to day leadership for up to 20 employees with financial and other administrative duties and successfully managing a $150 to $ 200 million annual program of obligations. The ideal candidate will possess experience in managing financial goals and objectives and ensuring financing of programs are carried out as planned. The candidate will also have demonstrated ability in overseeing and managing program funding obligations, Overhead budget expenditures and forecasting reporting to management.

As a Supervisory Administrative Program Coordinator, you will:

  • Develop, promote, and provide direction on policy and guidance for the sound financial management of funding used in delivering the Federal Lands Highway Program. In this capacity. the employee represents CFLHD, FLH, and FHWA in making commitments on the development and adoption of improved accounting practices. procedures, financial management reporting systems. and other financial management matters, as well as coordinating key financial management and administrative policy issues.
  • Serve as a member of the Division Leadership Team for national and Division-level strategic planning and direction for Division-wide goals and needs in alignment with those for Federal Lands Highways (FLHP), FHWA, and USDOT.
  • Serve as the Division’s lead advisor in developing and implementing sound processes, principles and practices related to CFLHD-wide budget development, execution, management, monitoring/tracking, and reconciliation for General Operating Expense (GOE).
  • Lead the development, implementation, and maintenance of financial and accounting systems for service areas (e.g., equipment depot, materials test laboratories, and reimbursable projects) to reflect cost of operations and equitable distribution of cost to clients and partnering agencies.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that technical reports, memorandums. and responses to financial requests and inquiries are prepared in a timely manner.
  • Be responsible for regularly consulting with the Division Engineer, Directors and other key staff with respect to administrative management issues arising in the Division’s overall responsibilities within assigned program areas. These issues are often complex, requiring sound decisions and solutions that conform to all applicable legal, regulatory and policy requirements, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, policies, and guidelines.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Vehicle of the Future? Best of CES Offerings for Transportation Sector is Toyota i-Road Concept

January 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has already been abuzz with so many cool innovations targeting the transportation market.. here is one of the coolest gadget and it comes with three wheels from the famed stables of a Japanese OEM.. Say hello to the Toyota i-Road concept.   Check out the Verge doing a test drive of this cool two-seater around a parking lot and offer his 2 cents worth. As Josh noted, this would make for a perfect commuter vehicle, especially for those congested urban areas.   

Originally debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, this battery operated beauty is a hybrid between a car and a motorcycle and rolls on three wheels.. Gizmag notes that the i-Road is an electric personal mobility vehicle with two in-line seats, that leans into the corners like a motorcycle. With only five horsepower, a top speed of 45 km/h (30 mph), and a range of 50 km (30 mi), the i-Road is aimed squarely at an urban transport market.

Video: New York City’s inspiring metamorphosis shows streets and spaces designed for people (not cars) make for a vibrant community

January 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Check out this awesome video from Streetfilms.. This compilation of changes in New York City’s transportation infrastructure documented over a period of time clearly shows that streets and public spaces designed for people, and not for cars, inspire folks to come out and enjoy the facilities, there by making the community as a whole more vibrant and lively..

I can only imagine the economic vitality this has added to the businesses in the neighborhoods as more people stepped away from their cars and instead walked/biked to the businesses. Thanks to the bold vision (and the subsequent execution) set forth by the outgoing City Transportation Commission, Janette Sadik-Khan and her boss, Mayor Bloomberg, the city has now become a model to emulate when it comes to implementing sustainable transportation solutions.