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TRB Publication – Travel Forecasting 2010, Volume 1

February 1, 2011

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2175 contains 16 papers that explore mixed logit models, multiagent transport simulations, travel time forecasting and dynamic origin–destination estimation for freeways, real-time short-term traffic speed level forecasting, multimodal and multiactivity travel planning, and comparison of agent-based transit assignment procedure with conventional approaches.
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Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making: A Workshop

February 1, 2011

TRB is sponsoring the National Household Travel Survey Data Workshop on June 6-7, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to focus on the use of NHTS data to inform transportation decision making on key issues such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, and safety. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on methods, examples, and techniques for using NHTS and other travel survey data to support transportation programs and decisions. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the meeting must submit an abstract of their proposed presentation by February 9, 2011.
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TRID – TRB and Joint Transport Research Centre Database

February 1, 2011

The Transportation Research Board and the Joint Transport Research Centre of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Transport Forum have launched the Transport Research International Documentation (TRID) database. Through TRID, users have access to one database to locate transportation research from around the world.
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Cinterion Successfully Demonstrates “112” European eCall with Latest In-Band Machine-to-Machine Technology

February 1, 2011

Munich, Jan 31, 2011–Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, together with DENSO, a leading automotive supplier, demonstrated “112” pan-European in-vehicle emergency call (“eCall”) at the second ERTICO – ITS Europe(1) assembly in Brussels on January 26, 2011. This success coincides with the launch of the HeERO(2) pilot program, scheduled to unfold from 2011 through 2013.
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SOTU Lays Framework for Advances in American Transportation Infrastructure- Positions Intelligent Transportation Systems Toward a $14 Billion Industry

January 31, 2011

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

January 31, 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

January 31, 2011

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

January 28, 2011

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?

January 28, 2011

“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

January 28, 2011

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

January 28, 2011

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

January 28, 2011

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

January 28, 2011

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

January 28, 2011

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

January 28, 2011

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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The Allegheny Front Radio Program Highlights Traffic21 and ParkPGH

January 27, 2011

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

January 27, 2011

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

January 27, 2011

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

January 27, 2011

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

January 27, 2011

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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FHWA Soliticits Projects for TIFIA Financing

January 25, 2011

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

January 24, 2011

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

January 24, 2011

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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Robot caravans to cruise across Antarctica

January 22, 2011

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)

January 22, 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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