Urgent request: Support ITS funding in the Transportation Reauthorization Bill
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ITS America is requesting your support in signing an endorsement letter for the Smart Technologies for Communities Act, which is being reintroduced next week by ITS Caucus co-chairs Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Russ Carnahan, D-Mo. The bill would establish several competitively selected communities to serve as model deployment sites for the large-scale integration of 21st century technology to solve critical transportation challenges. These communities would also serve as real-world research and testing sites for next generation solutions like connected vehicle technology, which the U.S. DOT estimates could prevent or reduce the impact of 80 percent of unimpaired vehicle crashes while providing significant mobility, environmental and e-commerce benefits. To sign on, review a copy of the letter or for additional information, please contact ITS America Campaign Manager Quentin Kelly by Wednesday, March 9, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-721-4212. If possible, please also provide an electronic signature for your CEO or another senior decision maker within your organization that can be included in the letter.
ITS America announces call for entries for 2011 Best of ITS Awards
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The annual "Best of ITS" Awards program recognizes organizations that have produced the most innovative products and services in the intelligent transportation systems industry. ITS America is excited to honor the best the industry has to offer and encourages ITS America members, including private corporations, research institutions and public agencies to showcase their best work by submitting a nomination by May 31, 2011. Winners will have the opportunity to have their work celebrated in front of thousands of transportation professionals and policymakers during the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Orlando, Fla., featuring ITS America's Annual Meeting. The application process is quick and easy! Visit our Web page for a complete list of guidelines and more information on the awards program.
ITS America welcomes new staff
for World Congress and legislative outreach
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ITS America has added three new staff members to focus on marketing and technology demonstrations for the 18th World Congress on ITS, as well as advancing ITS America's priorities for the surface transportation reauthorization bill. Cherie Gibson is supporting ITS America's marketing efforts and Dan Hering is managing the operations and execution of the Technology Demonstrations for the 18th World Congress on ITS in Orlando, Fla., which will take place from Oct. 16-20, 2011. Quentin Kelly is leading ITS America's Campaign for Intelligent Transportation Solutions as Campaign Manager, where he will be working to advance ITS America's priorities for the surface transportation reauthorization bill and coordinating outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration. More
March 9 ITS America webinar highlights the evolution of TMCs
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The 2011 ITS America Webinar Series continues next Wednesday, March 9, at 1 p.m. EST with a presentation exploring the evolution of Traffic Management Centers in the United States. The session, presented by AECOM, is also a preview of multiple technical sessions at the October 2011 World Congress on ITS which are dedicated to highlighting innovative technologies from leading TMCs around the country. Register for this and other sessions at http://www.itsa.org/webinar_series.html. Having trouble with registration? Contact Charlie Tennyson at email@example.com. Dates and times are subject to change, so please check the webinar series page for updates.
Join the International Forum in Moscow this April on 'Transport Infrastructure in Russia: Innovation-Based Development'
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Russia is actively seeking international experience both in the overall ITS integration and the deployment of advanced ITS products and services. The increasing interest of the Russian ITS community in the U.S. experience and products creates opportunities for foreign firms to explore business prospects in Russia.
Co-sponsored by TOLLTEC, KAPSCH and IBM, the International Forum is expected to draw over 300 delegates from more than 30 regions of Russia and 20 countries, including legislators, ministers of transportation and other public sector officials, international technology leaders, engineers, manufacturers and other transportation stakeholders. The one-day event will take place at the Lotte Plaza Hotel, Moscow, on April 21, 2011. The International Forum will also be combined with ITS Conference and Exposition.
Visit their website, www.pibd.ru, for details on the conference. For more information or specific questions, call Lydia Goudimova at 1-646-361-1430 or e-mail Lydia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parker, ParkNow make finding parking and paying for it easier
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A new app, called Parker, shows drivers on their iPhone where to find available metered parking spaces in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The application costs $1.99 to download and is available on the iPhone. It's coming to Android in a couple months, according to Streetline, maker of the app. Parker is also in use on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., and will soon make its debut at the Fort Totten Metro station in Washington, D.C. More
New Jersey Transit to unveil 'scorecard' that will provide performance data online
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New Jersey Transit officials will unveil a "scorecard" for the commuter agency on March 9, that will make information about on-time performance, spending, finances and customer satisfaction available to the public online so they can rank the bus or rail line they ride against others. More
Real-time data improves traffic flow on city streets
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You are heading home from a late night dinner and the traffic signals seem to be working in your favor. Cruising at the speed limit, you are getting through each intersection on green lights. If you are sitting at the light on a side street, you may be wondering why the light isn't changing for you since there is no vehicle in sight and no pedestrian crossing. More
America's top 15 smartest cities for transit innovation
What do Lincoln, Neb., and New York City have in common? Turns out they're both on the Natural Resource Defense Council's list of "America's Smartest Regions for Transportation." The study, created in collaboration with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, compares and profiles U.S. regions based on public transit availability, "use and cost; household automobile ownership and use; and innovative, sustainable transportation programs," eventually coming up with the 15 U.S. metro regions with the most innovative transportation systems regardless of size. More
Technology transforms auto safety
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Cars that respond to voice commands. Cars that park themselves. Cars that alert you when you're drowsy, vibrate like a rumble strip when you drift into the next lane, or even slam on your brakes before you slam into a pedestrian. More
Act now to protect GPS signal
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GPS has become a key component of the U.S. national infrastructure, the driver of a significant part of the civilian economies of the world, and the enabler of millions of professional precision uses and consumer benefits. More
Top tech innovations
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While working with the Florida Department of Transportation, Gannett Fleming Inc. evaluated multiple transit technologies for an 85-mile, 28-city corridor. Through the planning process and public outreach, one highly controversial component was the sound impact. FDOT required a solution to convey transit sound samples to stakeholders. More
Booz Allen wins US Department of Transportation contract to support intelligent transportation efforts
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Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has won a contract to help the Federal Highway Administration enhance intelligent transportation systems, such as those that allow vehicles, infrastructure and passengers' personal communications devices to communicate. More
CDM, Wilbur Smith Associates combine
CDM and Wilbur Smith Associates are pleased to announce the acquisition of WSA by CDM. The combined organization expands both firms' global, full-service capabilities in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities. The integration of CDM and WSA brings together one of the engineering and construction industry's top water and environment firms with an industry leader in transportation. More
Bill would let bikers pass legally through red lights
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When Ann Purcell is tooling around the state on her Honda motorcycle, the weight of the sport bike is often not enough to trip the sensors at red lights. Most people would grumble — and worry about the safety of being trapped in an intersection — in silence. But Purcell is a Georgia legislator, so she is pushing her colleagues to approve a measure to let bikers go through red lights when the signals don't know they're there. More
A South Carolina plant shows how we can invest in tomorrow and create jobs today
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There is a terrific new video, called "Transporting America: Proterra," which tells the story of Proterra, Inc., an electric bus manufacturer in Greenville, S.C. Thanks to federal investment, this company has been able to develop incredible zero-emissions transit buses and add hundreds of new jobs in South Carolina. More