SolaRoad

February 10, 2011

Getting back to the theme of the Living Labs Global Showcase Awards, I wanted to highlight a project that is being developed in the Netherlands called “SolaRoad.” I think it is particularly relevant to Stockholm’s search for innovative intelligent transport systems to encourage less driving and more biking (among other alternatives).
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Trialling Pedestrian Countdown Timers at Traffic Signals

February 9, 2011

The New Zealand Transport Agency has released a report that evaluates changes in pedestrian safety and traffic efficiency from installing pedestrian countdown timers.
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TRB Document – Transit 2010, Volume 2

February 9, 2011

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2144 contains 21 papers that explore the spatial impacts of public transport on traffic congestion relief, attractiveness of light rail, the effect of gas prices on transit ridership, measuring the gap between car and transit accessibility, the monocentric city with discrete transit stations, impact of an urban partnership agreement on transit user perception of express bus service, estimating transit accessibility, and the impact of bus rapid transit stations on surrounding home values.
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Flying cars set to hit market by 2012

February 7, 2011

At the same time the U.S. government is also pursuing the idea of a flying car. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a 17-month, $988,000 contract to Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute to develop an autonomous flight system for the Transformer (TX) Program.
The TX program aims to develop a robust ground vehicle that can transform into an air vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capability, while offering significant operational flexibility with the ability to travel 250 nautical miles on land and in the air, or a combination, while carrying up to 1,000 pounds.
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FCC to Propose Extending Broadband to Rural Areas

February 7, 2011

To bring the U.S. up to speed with many developed countries when it comes to broadband Internet access, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to offer a plan to streamline and reorganize an $8 billion fund. The fund—mostly contained in the Universal Service Fund—is aimed at bolstering broadband connectivity in rural U.S. homes, The New York Times reported…
The conference also will explore how innovative technologies and applications, such as smart-grid and intelligent transportation systems,
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New report shows the job-creating potential of smart transportation investments

February 7, 2011

Smart transportation spending can create jobs today and grow our economy tomorrow, according to a new report from Smart Growth America, adding a new entry to their excellent work evaluating the transportation spending in the stimulus.
The report, “Recent Lessons from the Stimulus: Transportation Funding and Job Creation”, analyzes whether states made the best use of transportation dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The analysis comes two years after passage of the Recovery Act doled out $26.6 billion in flexible transportation funds to the states.
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APTA: House and Senate release plans for Surface Transportation legislation

February 7, 2011

As the newly sworn-in 112th Congress begins to organize for the legislative business ahead, a few key committee leaders have begun to reveal their plans for the next surface transportation authorization bill. In a series of meetings with transportation industry groups (including APTA President Bill Millar), new Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-FL) announced his commitment to writing a full six-year bill this year and outlined four guiding principles for the legislation. Chairman Mica plans to introduce legislation that will achieve the following:?
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Next Generation 911 projects get going again

February 7, 2011

Several states are starting or are in the midst of implementing NG 911. More information on issued awards and NG 911 project statuses can be found on two websites: The National Emergency Number Association, a professional organization focused on 911 issues, and the National 911 Office site, created by Congress and part of the Transportation Department. Other websites providing information on NG 911 include the 911 Resource Center, in partnership with 911.gov, and the Transportation Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.
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University professor creates Facebook-like traffic site

February 6, 2011

A University of Toronto professor, Baher Abdulhai, is helping people share information about traffic within a city by being part of the development of a Facebook-like platform called On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems (ONE-ITS). ONE-ITS is a software platform and a national research society including several other universities. It connects commuters, police, government officials and researchers at universities, helping them share information about traffic on their way to their destinations.
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Mid Mon Valley Transit RFP – VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM & OTHER OPTIONS

February 3, 2011

RFP #10-11-01
Notice is hereby given that proposals will be received at the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) for performing all work necessary in accordance with the “REQUIREMENTS” and other related documents provided in the Vehicle Tracking System & Other Options RFP.
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Traffic cameras boost safety, study suggests

February 3, 2011

The rate of fatal crashes linked to motorists running red lights is falling across the country, dropping faster in cities with red-light cameras, a study released Tuesday found.
“Our analysis shows that red-light cameras are making intersections safer,” said Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A state House leader, however, is putting the brakes on approving installation of the cameras across Pennsylvania until data from a related pilot program in Philadelphia can be analyzed.
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Mica Touts Public-Private Northeast Corridor HSR In Grand Central Hearing

February 3, 2011

Sitting beneath the famous zodiac mural of Grand Central’s main concourse, with the rumble of commuters and trains in the background, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held its first field hearing of the new session this morning. The topic was the future of high-speed rail on the Northeast Corridor.
Chairman John Mica led the committee’s Republicans towards what appears to be their emerging message on high-speed rail: they’re for it, so long as it’s built through public-private partnerships and largely limited to the dense Boston-Washington corridor.
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U.S. Proposes EOBRs for All Interstate Trucks

February 3, 2011

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a regulation Monday that would require interstate truck and bus companies to install electronic onboard recorders in vehicles to monitor drivers’ hours of service.
The rule would apply to all companies that are currently required to use logbooks to record compliance under federal hours-of-service regulations, DOT said in a statement Monday.
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New Car Technology Tells Tailgaters To Back Off

February 3, 2011

In 2009, more than 30,000 Americans were killed in car crashes. Most of those accidents were avoidable — the result of driver error.
Now, the auto industry wants to cut down on traffic deaths by using vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology.
The technology enables cars in close proximity to one another to share information wirelessly. The premise behind it is that most crashes are avoidable if drivers have enough time to react.
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ITS AMERICA’S WEBINAR SERIES

February 3, 2011

By logging on once a month to our webinar series, you will stay up to date with intelligent transportation systems research, deployment, and policy from industry leaders and high-ranking government officials from around the world. Each webinar will close with a Q&A session: submit your questions online throughout the webinar via chat and session moderators will pose the top questions to the featured presenter.
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Registration Open for the 18th World Congress and ITS America Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando

February 2, 2011

– Online registration for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems is now open on the World Congress website, www.itsworldcongress.org Attendees can register now for the conference, technical sessions and special events to take advantage of early registration rates, as well as make hotel reservations. Registration and housing can be completed online, but there are also downloadable forms that can be completed and faxed or mailed. The 18th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on October 16-20, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, will be combined with ITS America’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition to create the largest global event dedicated to advanced transportation technologies.
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Study Shows Hybrids and Diesels Retain More Value Over Time

February 1, 2011

A new Carnegie Mellon University study released last week reveals that hybrid and diesel-engine vehicles are a better value compared to vehicles with gasoline engines. The economics of hybrids and diesels are commonly evaluated based on their purchase price—on average higher than comparable gas-powered cars—compared to savings on fuel during their use. Retention of value—in terms of higher resale value—can skew the economic benefits in favor of alternative fuel-efficient cars, such as hybrids, diesels and electric vehicles.
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Walking Back to Nature- Inland Water Transportaton – Solution to Modern Day Transportation

February 1, 2011

To aid the implementation of policy for the use of inland water transportation, high number of community research and technical development actions, relevant to waterborne transport is require. Some of which could include concerted action on short sea shipping, designed to identify some of the structural or generic problems in the use of ships for relatively short-haul transport and other that target environmental impacts as well as issue of safe and efficient increase of reliability intermodal transportation. Furthermore, hybrid use of transportation will require the intelligent transportation system that incorporates use of advanced Integrated Ship Control Systems, AIS and extensive use of information technology needed to provide a solution to modern transportation problem.
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Kapsch TrafficCom acquires MARK IV IVHS creating leadership in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

February 1, 2011

Kapsch TrafficCom AG yesterday concluded the acquisition of MARK IV IVHS, which includes operations in the United States, in Canada and in Mexico, from subsidiaries of MARK IV, LLC, for a purchase price of approximately USD 70 million (approximately EUR 53 million). The acquisition of the largest equipment supplier for electronic toll collection (ETC) systems in North America is further evidence of Kapsch TrafficCom’s firm commitment to the North American market. This acquisition enables Kapsch TrafficCom to offer its current and future customers in North America an extended end-to-end product and solution portfolio for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and ETC.
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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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