Monday, January 31, 2011

SOTU Lays Framework for Advances in American Transportation Infrastructure- Positions Intelligent Transportation Systems Toward a $14 Billion Industry

Over the past two years, the United States has implemented new construction projects for its roads and bridges, due in part to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) benefits, and has created thousands of jobs. In Tuesday's speech, the President proposed to redouble these efforts.
"While the U.S. government support for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), via federal funding and legislation, has been lagging, government involvement seems to be making a U-turn," reports analyst Darren Bosik, author of "Global Intelligent Transportation Systems Products Market," an SBI Energy publication.
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The deadline to submit papers for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems has been extended to Friday, February 11, 2011

ITS experts can submit draft technical and scientific papers to be considered for presentation at the event. Authors chosen will have an excellent opportunity to demonstrate personal expertise and high-level achievement within the field of ITS in a global setting.
Paper presentations are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise, showcase research results, and advance ideas focused on ITS topics such as high-tech transit solutions, real-time traveler information, performance measurement, intermodal systems integration, advanced traffic management systems, commercial vehicle operations, electronic toll/fare collection, telematics, new consumer applications, and other ITS-related fields. We are also interested in ideas, research, and data relating to the role of ITS in "Keeping the Economy Moving."
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Once Popular, Car Pools Go the Way of Hitchhiking

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Remember the 1970s? Watergate, disco, oil embargoes and, of course, car-pooling. Many big companies organized group rides for their employees, and roughly one in four Americans who drove to work shared a ride with others.
Commuters in a suburban mall lot awaited drivers seeking car-pool passengers so they could use the fast lanes. They call out destinations to places like the Pentagon and downtown Washington.
Interstate 95, northbound, in Dale City, Va., during the morning rush. The lanes on the left are open to all traffic. The lanes on the right are open to buses and cars with at least three riders.
But now far more people are driving alone, as companies have spread out, Americans are wealthier and cars have become cheaper to own. The percentage of workers who car-pool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers, according to new data from the bureau.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

CMU study concludes diesel and hybrid vehicles can retain more value than PFI gasoline vehicles despite higher new car price

A new Carnegie Mellon University study released at the Washington Auto Show finds that for passenger cars, aadvanced vehicles with higher fuel economy—i.e, turbocharged direct injection diesels or hybrids—retain more value than a paired conventional vehicle—i.e., port fuel injected (PFI) gasoline—during periods of higher fuel costs.
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Will 'intelligent cities' put an end to suburban sprawl?

"Intelligent cities," the new darling lingo of planners, reflects the times. It captures the essence of 21st-century technology that can help track when and how many people cross a street, water and energy consumption and peak hours at every transit stop. It also will soon allow bidding on a parking space via cellphone (the space goes to the highest bidder).
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2011 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting

Welcome! Named by French-speaking fur traders, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has long been a hub for exchanging goods. In 2011, we will continue this tradition as we exchange knowledge and information at the 2011 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting. Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, attendees can mix family-friendly fun with training and networking opportunities, dozens of technical sessions and exciting professional tours. Don’t forget to save time for the Golf Tournament hosted by the ITS Rocky Mountain Chapter. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to hit a golf shot onto the world’s only moveable, floating green! It’s always an adventure here, so join us for “Adventures in ITS”.
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LaHood praises innovation at SC electric bus plant

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday praised an electric bus manufacturer in South Carolina as a shining example of the innovative businesses President Barack Obama trumpeted in his most recent national address. "This is the touchstone example of what President Obama talked about in his State of the Union Tuesday night," LaHood told workers at Proterra LLC's Greenville facility. "This can be a model for the rest of the country."
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Pittsburgh Area JARC and New Freedoms Programs Are Open for Grant Proposals

ATWIC ANNOUNCES FY2012 Application & Funding Round for the Federal Transit Administration’s Job Access and Reverse Commute & New Freedom Grant Programs. The Accessible Transportation and Workforce Interagency Cooperative (ATWIC) is responsible for facilitating and managing the Job Access and Reverse Commute/New Freedom application process for the Pittsburgh Urbanized Area. In the coming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, approximately $4 million in Federal, state, and carry-over funds will be available for JARC and NF projects aimed at alleviating access issues for our region’s transportation-disadvantaged populations.
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Ford launching socially networked car safety initiative

This spring Ford will be testing a fleet of cars around the country that communicate with each other. At what Ford calls "major technology hubs," it will use the vehicles to demonstrate vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication technology designed to prevent accidents. The concept of V2V communication is not new. Prototypes have been shown by various companies, such as Motorola, in which cars send out signals based on certain incidents, such as a breakdown or sudden, hard braking.
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‘Talking’ Cars that Could Save Your Life

Covering the auto industry I've seen some amazing technology over the years, but the latest crash avoidance system I tested in Detroit last week ranks among the most fascinating. It's called Intellidrive.
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Key to Next Push for Safer Driving: Technology

Can we rely on cars to anticipate and avoid crashes? Should your SUV be able to decide you've had one drink too many? How connected to your social network can you be and still drive safely? These are just some of the questions that the nation's top auto-safety regulator, David Strickland, and his agency are confronting at a turning point in the debate over auto safety. What the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decide will affect the way the cars and trucks of the future look and behave.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Allegheny Front Radio Program Highlights Traffic21 and ParkPGH

New Technologies Aim to Cut Traffic Congestion
Mary Poppins has been the big show in Pittsburgh's Cultural District this month. But since soaring over traffic via Mary's flying umbrella is mere fantasy--if we want to catch the performance, we’ll likely drive. The Allegheny Front’s Ashley Murray reports on a project that will make getting into the heart of town a little easier on commuters--and could just have environmental benefits, too. Listen to radio show
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Free Webinar: Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) State of the Practice Assessments

This webinar will summarize findings from two state of the practice assessments conducted for the USDOT's AERIS program. The first assessment identified applications that have demonstrated environmental benefits through use of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies. The second assessment focused on techniques that could be used to evaluate the environmental impacts of ITS deployments.
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'Diverging diamond' planned to relieve Minnesota Highway 15

The St. Cloud area could soon see a new kind of highway interchange that eliminates one of the biggest causes of delays and crashes — the left turn — by having cars briefly drive on the opposite side of the road. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is proposing to build a $17.5 million interchange next year at one of the area’s busiest intersections. The design is called a diverging diamond, and it would be the one of the first in the state.
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New Technologies Aim to Cut Traffic Congestion

The Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge (the “Challenge”) is soliciting short descriptions of novel, implementable ideas for products or approaches that utilize DSRC to offer benefits to travelers or society at large. The six best submissions will be awarded a trip to the premier global conference on advanced transportation technology, the 2011 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress, to be held in Orlando in October 2011.
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Nation’s Leading Transportation Technology Association Applauds Call for Innovation in the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday:
“The President’s State of the Union hit the mark in focusing on investing in our nation’s infrastructure, advancing new research and technology, and ensuring that our education system supports a 21st century workforce. Innovation is the key to our ability to compete in the global marketplace. China, Japan and other countries are investing heavily in intelligent transportation technologies to modernize their infrastructure and spur private sector innovation and job creation. We need to show the same commitment to innovation within the transportation sector as we do in the energy, health care, and other sectors.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FHWA Soliticits Projects for TIFIA Financing

FHWA's notice lays out the eight criteria upon which projects are judged, with some emphasized more than others. The three most important criteria each make up 20% of a project's score: national and regional significance in terms of economic benefits and transportation efficiency, the degree of financial support from the private sector, and environmental sustainability. The minimum amount for TIFIA projects is typically $50 million, but that figure is lowered to $15 million for intelligent transportation systems (programs intended to apply advanced communication and control technologies to ground transportation).
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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building (ITS PCB) Program asks for feedback!

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building (ITS PCB) new strategic plan, Setting Strategic Direction: 2010-14, describes how the ITS PCB Program is shifting its strategic approach to better meet customer needs in a changing ITS environment. The document lays out the vision, mission, values, goals and objectives to build an ITS workforce that leads the world in the innovative use of ITS technologies. The ITS PCB Program is interested in receiving your feedback about the plan and how well it meets the needs of the ITS profession.
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A transportation group looks at Pittsburgh again

In a report issued last week, the institute, which has been studying urban traffic congestion for more than 20 years, said the typical Pittsburgh commuter spent 33 hours stuck in traffic in 2009. That is near the national average of 34 hours for urban areas.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Robot caravans to cruise across Antarctica

Engineers are building a robot-driven caravan to haul fuel and supplies from the main U.S. base in Antarctica to the South Pole, a futuristic technology that polar officials hope will save time, money and reduce the human footprint here on the frozen continent. The NSF, which sponsors hundreds of scientific projects across Antarctica, is working with robotics researchers from Carnegie Mellon University to develop a prototype vehicle that should be tested later this year.
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The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA 2011)

PURBA 2011 – CALL FOR PAPERS
The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA)
In conjunction with Pervasive 2011
San Francisco June 12-15, 2011

Handheld electronics, location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various aspects of urban life. For urban planners and designers, these accumulations of digital traces are valuable sources of data in capturing the pulse of the city in an astonishing degree of temporal and spatial detail.
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DOT Reaffirms “Rampage” Against Distracted Driving “Epidemic”

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood reaffirmed that distracted driving will remain front and center in the DOT’s safety campaigns. At a press conference in Washington today, LaHood again referred to distracted driving as an “epidemic” and hinted at further public-private partnerships to combat the phenomenon.
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DOT investments in American innovation

The transportation sector accounts for two-thirds of of US oil use and contributes about one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, transportation professionals have a special obligation to take action. The good news is that transportation's pressure on these twin problems creates an obvious opportunity for our sector to help work toward solutions.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Grant: INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT OF TRANSPORTATION-RELATED POLICIES ON GREENHOUSE GASES, LAND USE CHANGE, AND OTHER ECONOMY-WIDE IMPACTS

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications to advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants; to further the public’s understanding of the interaction of the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of increased renewable fuel usage in the U.S. transportation sector using a robust modeling framework. The purpose of this funding opportunity will be to explore the direct and indirect impacts of increased renewable fuel demand, including land use and energy sector changes.
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2011 HP Labs Innovation Research Program Call for Proposals

Proposals are for 2011 IRP grants. Grants are between $50K and $75K for a graduate student (not a post doc) to assist a principal investigator (PI) in research.
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Overiew of TRB's SHARP 2 Research Program

Well, lots of people are doing something, about traffic congestion and about all the components that impact it. But right now and for only a short time, somebody is carrying out a strategic plan for doing something. Doing something to get you where you’re going more reliably. Doing something to renew old roads faster and with fewer delays. Doing something to build new roads more quickly and with less expense and political complexity. And doing something to help you and your family get where you’re going safely and without incident. That somebody is the Transportation Research Board. And that something is the second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP 2.
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SHARP 2 Program Briefs

These are summaries of the Transportation Research Board's Strategic Highway Research Program’s four focus areas; Capacity, Reliability, Renewal and Safety.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

News from ERTICO: i-Mobility Network webinars launched

This month ERTICO presented the first two in a series of webinars — a new i-Mobility Network initiative aiming to explore an ITS issue in depth. The webinar series will continue this month on the topic of "Cooperation needs on Field Operational Tests"
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Travel Times to Miami International Airport Are Live!

For the first time in South Florida, drivers traveling to Miami International Airport (MIA) are receiving accurate, up-to-the-minute travel-time information from various points along our regional highway system.
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GE Transportation and TESSCO Form Long-Term Partnership to Co-Develop and Produce Positive Train Control Solutions

GE Transportation and TESSCO will co-produce, market, and sell integrated, turnkey, Positive Train Control and Monitoring solutions. The two organizations will support the U.S. rail network in its response to the U.S. Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that set a December 31, 2015 deadline to implement PTC in over 7,000 presently “dark territory” (not monitored by a signal system), switch locations in the United States.
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Please join us at TransportationCamp

We are pleased to invite you to TransportationCamp, a free unconference bringing together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology. Join thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation and technology for a weekend of learning, debating, connecting, and creating.
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ORAU Now Accepting Applications for Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a research internship administered for Volkswagen Group of America by Oak Ridge Associated Universities on behalf of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Applications can be submitted online through February 12, 2011. The program is a summer internship that awards students with a paid stipend, housing allowance (where applicable), and mileage for one roundtrip to/from the internship site if more than 60 miles from the student’s home.
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New Fiber Optic Line Could Help Traffic Flow

This weekend the county board is expected to approve a $4 million contract that will install six miles of fiber optic line along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Columbia Pike and Glebe Road. It’s the first phase of a long-term traffic management project that planners hope will allow more intelligent, real-time management of traffic flow in the county. In addition to connecting 54 county traffic signals, the fiber line will add capacity for traffic management tools like traffic cameras, motorist information signs, and traffic counters.
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An electrifying ride: Rainbow Rider gets grant for electric hybrid buses

What do you get when you cross a hefty ARRA TIGGER with eight VTMs? An excellent way to reduce hydrocarbons, save money on fuel consumption and provide residents of Douglas and five other rural Minnesota counties with a safe and reliable mode of transportation.
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Smart Card Alliance to Provide Full-Day Open Bank Card Payments Workshop for Transit

The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council announced today a new full-day educational workshop on open bank card payments for transit. The Transportation Council also announced two upcoming dates for the workshop: February 15, 2011 prior to the Smart Card Alliance 2011 Mobile and Transit Payments Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah; and March 27, 2011 prior to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Fare Collection Workshop and TransITech conference, both in Miami, Florida.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sustainable transport and the modernisation of urban transport in Delhi and Stockholm

This article addresses issues of the development of transport systems taking its examples from Delhi and Stockholm. The introduction of the first bus rapid transport corridor in Delhi and the congestion tax in Stockholm is presented and discussed in terms of modernisation and sustainable transport.
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Interview: John Mica says Transportation Bill Needs “Alternate Means of Financing”

Transportation Nation’s Todd Zwillich spoke with Republican John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, about rumors of raiding the Highway Trust Fund, stretching infrastructure money farther, and why the new chairman is so optimistic he can get a transportation bill passed in a partisan congress.
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Audi, Researchers at Four U.S. Universities Begin Work on Solutions to Urban Mobility Challenges

- A new research initiative launched by Audi, its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and four top U.S. universities will develop technologies aimed at easing the congestion, dangers and inconveniences that often confront drivers in the world’s biggest cities.
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Audi Announces Three-Year Initiative To Make Urban Driving Safer

On the heels of its presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show of a car that could drive itself, Audi has announced a three-year initiative with four major universities to make urban driving safer.
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Do Roads Pay For Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding

The federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (U.S. PIRG) has released a report that explores the history of highway finance and examines ways to address transportation funding.
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2010 Inventory of TOD Programs: A National Review of State, Regional and Local Programs that Fund Transit-Oriented Development Plans and Projects

Reconnecting America has released a report that explores ongoing, institutionalized transit-oriented development programs at the state, regional, and local levels.
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Road Safety Effect of Speed Cameras Established in 2006 - Analysis of Injuries in 2007-2008

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has released a report that explores the implementation of automatic traffic safety controls in 2006, and the effect that it had on traffic safety and traffic-related injuries and fatalities. The report is written in Swedish with an English summary.
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Development of a Portable Work Zone Traffic Information System with DSRC based V2I or V2V Communication and BT Cell Phones -FY10 NATSRL

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines a traffic information system that is portable to work zones and that promises to improve safety conditions for U.S. highway workers.
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The Intercity Bus: America’s Fastest Growing Transportation Mode

DePaul University has released a report that examines ridership of intercity bus service in the United States.
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Guidebook for Using Automatic Passenger Counter Data for National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that offers guidance for transit agencies on the use of data from their automatic passenger counters for reporting to the National Transit Database.
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Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2009

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has released its annual statistical report on the U.S. transportation system. The report includes information on the system’s physical components, safety record, economic performance, energy use, and environmental impacts.
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RITA Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Newsletter

The U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has released the latest issue of its monthly newsletter that highlights work taking place at the center as well as information of interest to the transportation research community.
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Traffic Safety Facts 2009: Early Edition

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the Early Edition of its Traffic Safety Facts 2009 report. The report includes current 2009 data and final 2008 data. The report contains exposure data and other data points that customarily are not available until later. Instead of withholding the entire report until those data are available, the Early Edition is produced to allow access to the statistics that are currently available.
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Emerging Answers, SHRP 2 Annual Report: 2009-2010

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released its annual report, which provides background on the program and highlights the program’s accomplishments in its four focus areas: Safety, Renewal, Reliability, and Capacity. SHRP 2 focuses on applied research in four focus areas, which were selected on the basis of their importance to the nation’s economy and quality of life, and because strategically targeted research in these areas promises to yield high payoffs.
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Improving Highway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference

TRB is sponsoring Improving Highway Safety Programs Through University-Agency Partnerships: A Conference on November 2-3, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The focus of this conference will be university-transportation agency partnerships for safety and the role these partnerships can play in helping to develop the analytical and workforce expertise needed to support new highway safety analysis, research, programs, and cultural tools.
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European Transport Conference

TRB is cosponsoring the European Transport Conference on October 11-13, 2011, in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference is designed to offer in-depth presentations on policy issues, research findings, and best practices across a broad spectrum of transportation modes. Individuals or groups interested in presenting a paper or making a presentation at the meeting must submit an abstract by February 4, 2011.
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International Transportation Economic Development Conference: Economic Impact of Connecting People, Goods, Markets, Employment, Services and Productio

TRB is cosponsoring the International Transportation Economic Development Conference: Economic Impact of Connecting People, Goods, Markets, Employment, Services, and Production on May 1-3, 2011, in Charleston, West Virginia. The conference will focus on issues and challenges related to the economy, global concerns, and financial constraints.
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Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals

The Program Announcement for TRB's Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) explains the IDEA programs, describes the two types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals. The IDEA programs provide start-up funding for promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation systems.
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2011 TRB 90th Annual Meeting: Compendium of Papers Now Available Online!

The TRB 90th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers is now available online. Anyone can view the nearly 2,200 papers available in the online compendium prior to the Annual Meeting. In addition, TRB Annual Meeting registrants may view and download papers now. The new online compendium replaces the compact disc version that has been produced in the past.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Study evaluates the impacts of different hybrid-electric vehicles

With the introduction of vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius, you now have a handful of choices of hybrid-electric vehicles. If the motivation for these vehicles is reducing our dependence on oil, how do they compare to one another? What about reducing greenhouse gas emissions? And on top of all of this, are the costs worth the benefits? Given the potentially harmful environmental impacts of continuing an oil- and gasoline-based automobile industry, a professor at Carnegie Mellon has been working to answer these questions.
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See video on Volvo "Platooning"

Volvo and the rest of the partners in the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project recently presented the results of their first cooperative platooning tests:
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1st Middle East Automotive Summit to kick off Qatar Motor Show

Qatar Motor Show revealed today that the 1st Middle East Automotive Summit will focus on "The Future of the Automobile" and is expected to draw top executives and key representatives in the automotive, auto-related, energy and technology industries from across the region and around the world. The summit will be held on January 26...
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Intelligent Technology designed to reduce congestion in Hub City

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation has completed several Intelligent Technology System (ITS) projects that are designed to improve drive times and reduce congestion on Hattiesburg's main roads.
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'Smart' transport system to be created in Moscow

A brand new "Intelligent Transport System" will be created in Moscow within three years, a source in the City Hall said on Monday. The system will comprise navigation information services from Russia's Glonass navigation system as well as a photo and video surveillance net for monitoring road traffic.
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Machine Vision in Intelligent Transportation Systems - Webcast 2/8/11

This webcast—Machine vision for intelligent transportation applications—will present the critical challenges involved in taking machine vision off the factory floor and into the demanding, real world environments inherent in the transportation arena.
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Masdar Launches Electric-Vehicle Pilot

MasdarAbu Dhabi Future Energy Company, today announced the commencement of an Electric Vehicle (EV) pilot in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company pilot will involve electric cars and test the feasibility of EV technology as a point-to-point transportation solution for Masdar City.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

OnStar Looking for Application Developers of the Future

OnStar is looking for the most original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application through the 2011 OnStar Student Developer Challenge. Students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo can vie for an opportunity to bring their ideas to the road.
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NTB starts implementing intelligent transportation system

Mataram, NTB (ANTARA News) - The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial government has started implementing an "Intelligent Transportation System" (ITS) in a bid to reduce traffic accidents. (Indonesia)
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GE Transportation Facilitates Extension of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line

GE Transportation announced that it has provided an integrated solution for the entire 24 miles and 15 new stations of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line that went into service in December 2010.
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Mica Wrestles TIGER

As new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., will have a lot to say about the future of the Department of Transportation's discretionary grants program it calls TIGER.
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Call for Papers: ITSC 2011 : International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Articles conveying new developments in theory, analytical and numerical
simulation and modeling, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies, results of laboratory or field operational tests, and other related creative endeavors as well as special educational development for ITS curriculum are sought.
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Lahore’s traffic agency designs Pakistan’s first intelligent transportation system

The Pakistani city of Lahore’s Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) has designed an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) with an estimated cost of Rs2.5 billion (US$29 million) to solve problems facing the provincial capital.
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U.S. Can Reduce Transporation GHG by 65%, Report Says

The report (pdf) by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change lays out three plausible scenarios of actions that could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector, which is responsible for more than a quarter of U.S. GHG emissions.
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Spectrum Policy in the Age of Broadband: Issues for Congress

(CRS Report) Wireless technologies support public safety communications, sensors, smart grids, medicine and public health, intelligent transportation systems, and many other vital communications.
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FHWA Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

The EISENHOWER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (GRAD) provides funding for the pursuit of Master's Degrees or Doctorates in transportation related fields. Feb 11th Deadline
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Establishing Standards to Improve BRT Systems in Latin America

Latin America has some of the most touted transit systems in the world, but it also has some poorly run and maintained transport systems. Since the 1970s, ever since the concept of BRT was born in Curitiba, Brazil, these systems have been running inconsistently and independently from each other, without a common set of standards, references or guidelines.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Experience the first IEEE FISTS Forum - an international event

1 February 2011 Deadline for submission of papers
30 March 2011 Notification of Acceptance Date
31 May 2011 Final Paper Submission and Final Program
June 2011 Conference

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NYC Tries 'Rapid' Buses in Bid to Cut Transit Costs

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) surprised commuters on Manhattan's East Side last fall by launching shiny stretch coaches to replace old grimy buses on the route that links the island's southern tip to East Harlem.
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Bay Bridge travel time reduced in morning rush hour since congestion tolls added

Motorists driving into San Francisco during the morning rush hour are getting onto the Bay Bridge four minutes faster since July, when a higher toll was imposed during the busiest times, according to a report made Wednesday to bridge operators.
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In-Time - Delivering intelligent and efficient travel management for European cities

Increased traffic in Europe’s cities has resulted in chronic congestion, causing delays and pollution. As a result of this phenomenon, every year, nearly 100 billion Euros are lost, which represent 1% of the EU's GDP.
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RFP Positive Train Location (PTL) Proof of Concept (POC) Phase I and Phase II

The main objective of this POC project is the testing and evaluation of location technologies compatible with Interoperable Train Control (ITC)-compliant locomotive onboard PTC systems. More>>

Corbett's PennDOT pick faces challenges

A Cumberland County engineer with 28 years of experience is incoming Gov. Tom Corbett's choice to head the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Barry Schoch, 50, of Camp Hill currently serves as a vice president at McCormick Taylor Inc., a transportation engineering and planning company.
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Al Biehler did wonders as PennDOT's leader

When they first met at a restaurant eight years ago, they ordered a coffee and a hot fudge sundae. The coffee was for a slim Al Biehler, of Pittsburgh, then vice president of an international consulting firm.
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With gas prices rising, transit riders to save $10,000 this year

That’s the latest estimate, at least, from the American Public Transportation Association, which notes that riding public transportation saves individuals, on average $9,656 annually,
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Efficient Multisensory Barrier for Obstacle Detection on Railways

On current railway systems, it is becoming ever more necessary to install safety elements to avoid accidents. One of the causes that can provoke serious accidents is the existence of obstacles on the tracks, either fixed or mobile. In this paper, a multisensory system that can inform the monitoring system about the existence of obstacles is proposed.
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Telvent, Peek Traffic form strategic partnership for North America

Telvent, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, announced a new working relationship with Peek Traffic Corp. intended to allow traffic management operators to improve traffic flow and safety, as well as maximize resources. This new relationship will focus on securing and implementing contracts in North America.
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Turkey will make investment in bus rapid transit system

TURKEY has expressed keen interest in investing in the Urban Transport Sector in Lahore. Turkey will make investment in bus rapid transit system, intelligent transportation system and integrated traffic management system, e-ticketing, fleet management system, bus terminals project, parking development & management projects in Lahore. The Punjab government will give subsidy to the private transport companies and evolve transparent mechanism for its distribution.
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Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Now Accepting Funding Proposals

The Program Announcement for TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) explains the IDEA programs, describes the two types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals. The IDEA programs provide start-up funding for promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation systems. The programs’ goals are to seek out and support new transportation solutions that are unlikely to be funded through traditional sources. Highway IDEA, Reliability IDEA, and Safety IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due March 1, 2011. Transit IDEA proposals for the next review cycle are due April 1, 2011.
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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton hotels. In recent years, the information-packed program has been attracting more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C.
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Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference

TRB is sponsoring the Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference on October 25-27, 2011, in Irvine, California. The workshop will focus on the use of census data for transportation applications by exploring the results of current research, providing an opportunity for the sharing of experiences of practitioners who are using census data, and by examining potential strategies for practical improvements in data use for current and emerging data needs.
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NCHRP FY 2011 Surface Transportation Security Research Projects: Panel Nominations Requested

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is soliciting nominations of individuals to serve on oversight panels for new surface transportation security research projects being established under NCHRP's fiscal year 2011 program. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the proposed project topic. The nomination of women and members of minority groups is encouraged. Panels for the new research projects are scheduled to meet starting in April 2011>
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NCHRP FY 2011: Synthesis Study Topics Sought

TRB is seeking potential synthesis study topics as part of the upcoming activities of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Topics may be submitted at any time; however, the deadline for the upcoming submission cycle is February 18, 2011. All proposed new topics must be submitted online through the TRB Synthesis Topic Submittal website.
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TCRP FY 2011: Synthesis Study Topics Sought

TRB is seeking potential synthesis study topics as part of the upcoming activities of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). Topics may be submitted at any time; however, the deadline for the upcoming submission cycle is April 1, 2011. All proposed new topics must be submitted online through the TRB Synthesis Topic Submittal website.
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TCRP Annual Report of Progress: 2010

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released its annual report, which provides background and an overview of the program, status of each of TCRP’s projects, and a summary of some of the program's accomplishments.
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Older Driver Program Five-Year Strategic Plan

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report that explores ways for NHTSA to address the safety needs of older drivers over the next five years.
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Successes in Stewardship: January 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Successes in Stewardship monthly newsletter, which highlights current environmental streamlining practices from around the United States.
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Assessing Air Quality Impacts of Managed Lanes

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the impacts of managed lanes on transit bus performance and air quality.
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Key Transportation Indicators: December 2010

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has updated its report that examines transportation indicators that provide context about the economy and society in which transportation functions, or that convey information about system-wide or specific aspects of transportation.
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Advanced LED Warning Signs for Rural Intersections Powered by Renewable Energy

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that explores driver behavior at an intersection that uses the Advanced Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Warning System at a rural intersection.
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Development and Field Demonstration of DSRC-Based V2I Traffic Information System for the Work Zone

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released a report that examines the architecture, functionality, and field demonstration of a communication system that can be used to improve traffic efficiency and safety in work zones.
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Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation: A Toolkit for Legislators

The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a report designed to help promote good governance and a sound public policy approach when considering Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) related to transportation projects. The report provides guidance, counsel, and best practices designed to assist state legislatures as they consider whether and how to pursue PPPs in their states.

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IBM Relaunches Smarter City Initiative With An Innovative Portal

IBM has relaunched it's Smarter City initiative and the website portal is something you should visit to experience. It is truly an immersive, interactive experience designed to show how cities all over the world are using advanced technology to help address some of the biggest problems facing our planet.
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Mica Plans Field Hearings on Surface Transport Bill

New T&I chief wants regional input before drafting next multi-year bill
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to start a process in February that can help his panel craft a new multi-year surface transportation bill.
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