DOT Reaffirms “Rampage” Against Distracted Driving “Epidemic”

January 22, 2011

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

January 22, 2011

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

January 21, 2011

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

January 21, 2011

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

January 21, 2011

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

January 21, 2011

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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News from ERTICO: i-Mobility Network webinars launched

January 20, 2011

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!

January 20, 2011

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

January 20, 2011

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

January 20, 2011

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

January 20, 2011

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

January 20, 2011

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

January 20, 2011

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

January 20, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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”

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

– 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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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

January 18, 2011

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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