Bernie’s Transportation Communications Newsletter (TCN) – Feb 26, 2009

February 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Thursday, February 26, 2009 — ISSN 1529-1057

Register Today for IBTTA’s Toll Road Summit of Australia, New Zealand & the Asia Pacific Rim, March 15-18, 2009 in Sydney, Australia 

If you are interested in public-private partnerships, innovations in customer service and next generation technologies, you need to attend this meeting! Join IBTTA and ITS Australia in Sydney, Australia and learn about the explosive growth of tolling in Australia, New Zealand and the countries in the Asia Pacific Rim. Learn about toll concessions and operations, including the political, regulatory, public affairs and customer service aspects of startup and mature facilities, and lessons learned from successive implementation of all electronic toll collection. Visit IBTTA’s website to view the preliminary agenda, make your travel arrangements and register today


1) Transportation Budget Proposes NextGen Air Traffic Control Funding

Link to story in Business First of Louisville:

2) Technology in the Sky

A photo essay in Time:,29307,1666378_1454387,00.html


3) Mississippi May Blind ‘Eyes’ on Traffic

Bill to ban devices that photograph traffic scofflaws advances.

Link to story in The Clarion-Ledger:


4) FastLane Slips in Stealth Fees

Up to one million customers hit with faulty charges.

Link to story in the Boston Herald:


5) Federal Commission Backs Mileage Fees Over Gas Taxes, Champions GPS Technology

Link to story in Inside GNSS:


6) New Weather Monitoring System Reaches to the Heavens

Microwave technology used for the first time in US.

Link to story and video report on KING-TV:


7) Parking Meters Out to Destroy the Human Race

Washington, DC meters pretend to be broken then ‘self-correct’ to give you tickets.

Link to story on WRC-TV:


8) US Department of Homeland Security Secretary: Agency Likely to Miss Cargo Scanning Deadline

Link to story from CongressDaily:

Link to further information from the House Committee on Homeland Security:

9) TSA: Mule Skinners Need Background Checks, Too

Employees who accompany historic canal boats required to get security credentials.

Link to CNN story:


10) Leverage Telematics and On-Board Diagnostics for Warranty Management

Link to story in Automotive DesignLine:;jsessionid=3QLTBFFM2ABFAQSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN


11) Traffic Nerd Looks Through Numbers with CEO

Seattle traffic reporter meets with the president of Inrix to discuss new traffic data.

Link to story on KIRO-TV:


12) ‘Talking’ Cars Could Hit the Road by 2012

Link to story in Wired:  

News Releases

1) SITA and WestJet Go Live with New Standard for Checking In and Boarding Passengers

2) US Department of Transportation Unveils 2010 Budget Framework

3) Toyota Adds to Pre-Crash Safety Technologies

4) Gresham, Smith and Partners Wins City of Memphis, City Engineer’s Award of Excellence for SmartWay Project

5) Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center Offering Online Traffic Information

6) GeoSpot Deep Local Search Launches Nationwide on Web and Mobile

Upcoming Events

Carbon-Free Mobility Conference – March 6 – Oakland, California

Today in Transportation History

1914 **95th anniversary** – The HMS Britannic was launched in Belfast.


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Bernie’s TCN Newsletter – February 25, 2009

February 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Transportation Communications Newsletter

 Wednesday, February 25, 2009 — ISSN 1529-1057

Register Today and Prepare for the Approaching Recovery: IBTTA’s Workshop on Managing in an Era of Changing Economic Times, April 19-21, 2009 in San Francisco, CA 

Join IBTTA in San Francisco for power-packed educational sessions and walk away with a world of knowledge on better managing your organization today and preparing for the approaching economic recovery. Learn how global issues are affecting your organization and the toll industry, the goals and efforts of the U.S. stimulus program, how to build a cost-conscious culture and make tough decisions, how to position your agency for unique opportunities during this slowdown, solid financing strategies and more. This is one meeting you don’t want to miss! Visit IBTTA’s website to view the preliminary agenda, make your travel arrangements and register today!


 1) Key to Eliminating US Flight Delays? Redesign the Sky Over New York City

Link to story in Wired:

 2) Could Radar Keep Birds from Colliding with Aircraft?

Link to story in Scientific American:

 3) Airline Industry Seems to be Serious About Going Forward with Wi-Fi in Sky

Link to Scripps-Howard News Service story:

 4) American Airlines Aims to be On Time

Technology being used to improve performance.

Link story on The Street:


 5) Who’s Paying for New Missouri Red-Light Camera Advocacy Group?

Link to story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:


 6) Officials Eye a Geospatial ‘Virtual USA’

Link to story in Federal Computer Week:


 7) Microsoft Sues TomTom for Patent Infringement

Link to CNET News story:


8) New Transportation Blog from ‘Gridlock Sam’ Schwartz: The Number Thirteen Line

Link to blog on PBS Blueprint America:

 9) 3D Simulation Solves Crime and Accidents

Link to story in Eureka:


 10) WiMax System Warns Drivers on Dangerous Highway Prone to Dense Fog

Link to story in Computerworld:

Link to news release from Proxim Wireless:


11) US Department of Homeland Security to Use More Simulations in Infrastructure Protection

Link to story on Nextgov: 

Link to National Infrastructure Protection Plan:

 12) FAA Will Use Software to Identify Sensitive Data

Link to story in Federal Computer Week:


 13) Automated Subway Train Rolls Out in New York City

Link to story in the Daily News:

 14) Wired BART Should Please Passengers

Link to story in the Contra Costa Times:


 15) Get Connected to Go

Link to profile on New York State’s 511 system.

Link to story in New York State DOT E-Zine:


 16) Intelligent Transportation System Demoed in Japan

Link to story on Tech-On:  

News Releases

1) Recent Studies Highlight Effectiveness of Radar Speedcheck Signs for Use in Traffic Calming

2) Westwood One’s Metro Traffic Goes Live with the Most Comprehensive Video Traffic Information Network in the Country

3) Port Authority of NY & NJ Leads Alliance Urging Full Federal Funding to Unclog Air Traffic Control System and Ease Delays for Passengers

4) INX Awarded State of New Mexico DOT Contract for Rail Runner Train’s High-Speed Wireless System

5) Inrix National Traffic Scorecard Reveals Startling 30 Percent Decrease in Traffic Congestion in 2008


Upcoming Events

Talking Freight Seminar: Freight Corridor Programs – March 18

 Today in Transportation History

1919 **90th anniversary** – Oregon became the first state to impose a gasoline tax.



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