Join a live chat with leadership for the administration's Sustainable Communities Partnership this Thursday
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On Thursday, July 15, the White House Office of Urban Affairs will host a live chat with the leadership of the Sustainable Communities Partnership, an agreement between HUD, Transportation, and EPA to coordinate federal housing, transportation, and environmental investments. Last month, the Partnership released a joint notice of funding availability — $35 million in TIGER II Planning grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge grants — for local planning activities that integrate transportation, housing, and economic development. And, HUD also announced $100 million in funding for Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant program that will support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
Sustainable Communities Live Chat
Shelley Poticha, Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, HUD
Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy, Department of Transportation
Tim Torma, Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainable Communities, EPA
Moderated by Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy, White House
2:00PM EST, Thursday, July 15, 2010
Watch and participate at www.whitehouse.gov/live
Send questions in advance to Planetizen.
For more information on the partnership, read their latest blog.
New features on ITS America website
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Want to stay informed on ITS technology and research going on overseas? Curious about the latest impact transportation issues are having on climate legislation? Ever wonder how ITS applications are being deployed in cities and infrastructure across the country? The leading stories affecting your industry are now available daily under the ITS America News section of our homepage www.itsa.org. Visit today and stay informed!
ITS America's working groups and technical forums are striving to improve the transportation infrastructure by making surface transportation safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. Visit ITS America's Linkedin page to check out this month's featured discussion and weigh in with other ITS industry leaders.
News from ERTICO: ITS Europe Forum provides insights on deployment
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ERTICO and ITS Europe held a series of high-level workshops under the theme of "Bringing Intelligence into Mobility — Deployment challenges," as part of its annual Forum held in Brussels, Germany, on June 15. Approximately 200 public and private stakeholders followed the debates and actively engaged in the discussion via live webcast on www.erticoforum2010.eu. The Forum explored the current status and ambitions of ITS as seen by differing stakeholder groups — service providers, telecom operators, infrastructure providers, manufacturers, the public sector and user groups. Watch the webcast recordings on www.erticoforum2010.eu. More
Reminder: IntelliDrive Safety Program Workshop,
July 20-22, in Chicago
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's ITS Joint Program Office is holding a three-day workshop next week to present and discuss IntelliDrive℠ safety technical and policy research roadmaps at the Hilton Chicago Northbrook Hotel in Chicago. This workshop is for all parties interested in IntelliDrive safety related activities. Visit our website for more information, including an updated agenda and session descriptions! All three days of the workshop will be available via webinar.
Participate in ITS Russia's 2010 Conference, Nov. 22-25, in Moscow
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ITS Russia invites you to the upcoming ROAD 2010 — International Specialized Exhibition-Forum, taking place from Nov., 22-25, in Moscow. This event will create a platform to encourage collaboration between Russian and international partners for the sake of ITS development for the cities, highways and regions throughout Russia. If the promising Russian market of ITS appeals to you, now is the time to register. For additional information, please e-mail Anna Tikhomirova.
Intelligent transportation systems technical support services
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This is a Pre-Solicitation notice for a full and open competitive procurement. The Federal Highway Administration has a requirement to provide Technical Support to the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. The objective of this prospective contract is to provide a broad range of capabilities that are essential for complementing the technical capabilities of federal staff who are the leaders of the ITS Program. More
It's taken nearly two decades, but intelligent transportation system technology is beginning to exert an influence
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After nearly two decades of development, intelligent transportation system technologies are finally going "mainstream." The eyes of the ITS community — in both the public and the private sectors — remain firmly fixed on the big prize, self-controlling "autonomous" vehicles that respond to environmental and vehicle cues, and embedded signals, to avoid crashes, save lives and optimize travel. Another great goal is the ability of ITS to track vehicle movements to manage traffic volume and impose congestion pricing. More
Tax truth: We need to raise the levy on gasoline
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Summer driving season is upon us. This year, the annual migration of vacationers coincides with rising concerns over the federal debt and a nasty oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What better time to revisit the enduring, maddening, illogical contrast between how little Americans actually pay to drive — and how fiercely they resist even modest gasoline tax increases that would go a long way in addressing the nation's environmental and fiscal crises? More
Manage traffic; build fewer roads
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Most of us have been there: Sitting in traffic waiting for a red light to change as no cross-traffic goes by. Then there are the times when the traffic signal finally turns green and you go straight to another red light. And then another. Throw in a screaming kid, a broken air conditioner in the Texas heat, or a late appointment, and this scenario translates into a recipe for high blood pressure, and possibly a few words that might earn a PG-13 rating, or worse. More
Improving energy consumption and safety with smart transportation
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Transportation is not always something we consider in the telecommunications sector, but the two overlap considerably. When it comes to energy consumption, their relationship must be closely examined to determine where efficiencies can be developed and leveraged for cost savings and an overall "greener" approach to doing business. More
Auto safety bill is scaled back in face of industry opposition
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The sweeping legislation that grew out of Toyota Motor Corp.'s sudden-acceleration crisis — heralded as the most important auto safety bill in a decade — has been scaled back significantly in the face of auto industry opposition. More
In Paris, electric cars may join rental bikes
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Dumped in the River Seine, hung from lamp posts, torched and discarded, thousands of once gleaming steel-gray bikes from the Paris Vélib' program, which offers card-holders a swipe-and-go city-wide fleet of rental bicycles, have fallen victim to vandals. Within two years of its introduction in 2007, the program counted 7,800 of its original 20,000 bikes stolen and 11,800 vandalized to greater or lesser degree. More
King County, Wash.'s, open data turned into real-time bus tracking app
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Brian Ferris doesn't drive. He lives in one of the rainier cities on the West Coast and uses public transportation to get around. And he's not the only one. A grad student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Ferris saw the need for better public transit information. So in his spare time, he wrote code that's now used for OneBusAway — an open source application that aggregates bus data in real time, allowing users to view whether their ride is on time, early or late. More
'Shot in the Arm' for an ambitious plan for 34th St.
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A radical reimagining of Manhattan's 34th Street, which would include the first bus lane in the city to be physically separated from other vehicles, will receive more than $18 million in federal funds, the United States Department of Transportation said recently. More
Virginia transportation department gets permanent chief
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Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed heads of two top state agencies, naming Gregory Whirley commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation and Major Gen. Daniel Long adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard. More
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The Nevada Department of Transportation is soliciting responses from responsible firms that possess the qualifications and ability to successfully perform as needed services in accordance with 23CFR172, entitled "Administration of Related Service Contracts." The Nevada Department of Transportation participates in consultant and services procurement. More
Delcan Corporation wins major electric toll and traffic management system project for the SH130 concession company
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Delcan Corporation, an award winning, multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management and technology consulting firm, is pleased to announce their most recent project win with the SH130 Concession Company. Delcan has been retained by SH130CC to provide a full Advanced Traffic Management System, Intelligent Transportation System field infrastructure and fiber optic Network Communications System components for a new 40-mile toll road in Austin, Texas. More
Open letter from Managing Director John Augustine about the 2010 ITS Deployment Tracking Survey
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I am writing to tell you about the 2010 Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment Tracking Survey that is launching this month. This is the 12th year of our national data gathering effort, and this survey will reach over 2,200 public sector agencies. The ITS Deployment Tracking survey is unique in that it offers the USDOT ITS program with insights on how ITS deployment is progressing to serve the needs of America's travelers. More