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ITS America applauds FREIGHT Act's focus on innovative technology solutions
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ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher participated in a media teleconference with several other transportation leaders to support provisions of a new freight bill introduced by U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. The FREIGHT Act of 2010 would establish a national freight policy to ensure the nation's transportation system supports the United States' global economic competitiveness. Goals of the legislation include reducing congestion and delays of goods and commodities, increasing travel time reliability on major freight corridors, and making freight transportation more efficient and better for the environment. Among other solutions, the FREIGHT Act would encourage investment in intelligent transportation systems to reduce congestion and improve safety. The bill summary and legislative text are available here, and media coverage includes articles in Fleet Owner, New Jersey Star-Ledger, St. Louis Post Dispatch, DC Velocity and TruckingInfo. More

Get involved in ITS America's Sustainability Forum
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ITS America's Sustainability Forum and Environmental Task Force Committees will be holding their summer meetings over the next few weeks. Please note the following dates and times for their conference calls. Any ITS America member is welcome to attend. If you are interested in participating in one or more of these committees and are not sure if you are already on the committee roster, please contact Tom Kern at to be included on the mailing list.
  • Environmental Performance Measures (Chair-Farhad Pooran, Telvent): Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. EST
  • Inventorying and Managing Agencies' Carbon Footprint (Chair-Keith Jasper, Delcan): Mid-August, to be determined
  • Vehicles, Fuels and the Supporting Infrastructure (Chair-William Chernicoff, Toyota): Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. EST
  • Policy (Chair-Larry Yermack, Telvent): Tuesday: Thursday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. EST
  • Adaptation (Chair-Sharon Hays, CSC): Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. EST
  • Transportation System Efficiency (Chair-John Lower, Iteris): Thursday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. EST

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces second
National Distracted Driving Summit

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the second National Distracted Driving Summit will be held on Sept. 21, in Washington, D.C. To build on the growing momentum sparked by the first summit last fall, Secretary LaHood will convene leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers, and victims affected by distraction-related crashes to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts. More

Join an Emergency Response Case Study Workshop on Aug. 3, at the National Rural ITS Annual Conference
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The Transportation Safety Advancement Group is holding a Case Study Workshop & Webinar in conjunction with the National Rural ITS Annual Conference in Huntington, W.Va., Aug. 1-4. The workshop is set for Tuesday Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m. and features a technology focused study of the November 2009 Army Base shooting incident that took place in Fort Hood, Texas. The workshop, led by Jim Reed of Central Texas Council of Governments, discusses the incident from an emergency responder perspective and will discuss technology based successes, failures and lessons learned. To learn more and register, visit the TSAG website.

New online certificate program in sustainable transportation
from the University of Washington

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Understand the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning. The University of Washington is now offering two types of certificates in sustainable transportation, Planning and Livable Communities and Environmental Issues and Impacts. Programs start this fall, and are available for both graduate credit and noncredit. Call 888-469-6499 for more information.

Industry News

Remote processing unit uses existing traffic infrastructure
to collect and transmit weather data

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High Sierra Electronics, Inc., a supplier of environmental monitoring instrumentation, has designed a new Remote Processing Unit that will collect and transmit weather data at locations with traffic cabinets such as traffic signals or dynamic message signs. This unique approach utilizes the existing infrastructure and provides a simpler and lower cost solution than a traditional RWIS, or Road Weather Information System, installation, which typically requires a new right-of-way space with a dedicated pad, tower, cabinet, fence and utilities work. More

European Union adopts new Intelligent Transport Systems plan
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The European Parliament has just approved a new Intelligent Transport Systems directive, aimed at creating a cleaner, safer, and more efficient transport system throughout Europe. The new is intended to accelerate the deployment of innovative transport technologies across Europe. More

Intelligent transportation developers and managers to gather near Jacksonville, Fla., to share innovative ideas
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The best and the brightest in Intelligent Transportation Systems, traffic engineering and operations, and transportation planning are gathering in the Jacksonville, Fla., area Dec. 12-15. Informative technical presentations, lively discussion, training, on-site tours of Jacksonville area ITS facilities and a state-of-the-art technology exhibition will be featured during Transpo2010 at the Sawgrass Marriott. More

Illinois DOT deploys BlueTOAD™ by TrafficCast to monitor road speeds on Eisenhower Expressway
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The State of Illinois Department of Transportation has fully deployed BlueTOAD™ by TrafficCast to monitor travel times and road speeds during the resurfacing of the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) through the Fall of 2010. More

Global Mobile Alert application now available for Android
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Global Mobile Alert™ crash-avoidance application is the world's first location-based services platform that alerts drivers when approaching signaled intersections, school zones or railroad crossings. More

Concept of commuting is approaching a turning point
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For commuters in America, the future is now. Fed-up motorists are turning to technology to escape bumper-to-bumper traffic or at least make it more palatable. Several scientists and transportation experts say it's a trend in its infancy; during the next 20 years, huge segments of the population may dramatically redefine how they live, work and drive. More

US Sen. Schumer to work to make transit tax break permanent
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Senator Charles Schumer said he will push to make the federal mass transit tax break a permanent part of the tax code. The federal mass transit tax break, which currently saves mass transit riders over $1,000 a year, is set to expire at the end of the year. More

Public transit CIOs form consortium
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CIOs representing some of the biggest transit agencies in the U.S. have formed a consortium that will expedite collaboration, education and the sharing of technology solutions. More

The 8 sexiest subway systems in the world
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When your taxi fare far exceeds the number of sights you want to see, its worth checking out the local metro system. In fact, some cities have subways so beautiful, they are must-see destinations in and of themselves. Check out our list of the eight sexiest subway systems in the world and let us know what you think. More

Aging transit systems face budget crunch
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More riders, aging mass transit systems and inadequate money for maintenance and upgrades — a familiar story line for commuters and those faced with the task of keeping the trains running. What is new this summer is that the problems are making headlines again, in part because of an extended heat wave that has smothered so much of the country. More

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says
no fuel tax increase needed for transport

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said a combination of current-level gas tax receipts, road and bridge tolling and President Obama's proposed infrastructure fund could offer a way to fund a long-term federal infrastructure program without new taxes. Appearing before a heavily attended conference in Washington, D.C., of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, LaHood vowed "raising the gas tax is not an option" to increase money available for federal transport spending. More

Department of Transportation's road work goes high-tech
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With more than 8,500 miles of highways in the state and an additional 1,000 or so miles of interstate, planning road construction projects is a daunting task. But a high-tech van, the only one in the state Department of Transportation's fleet, is making that task more manageable. More

More roadside chargers needed for electric cars
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The auto industry calls it range anxiety: Drivers want electric cars but worry they won't have enough juice to make long trips. After all, what good is going green if you get stranded with a dead battery? It's a fear that automakers must overcome as they push to sell more battery-powered cars. So government and business are taking steps to reassure drivers by building up the nation's network of electric charging stations. More


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Transportation Calendar

Sept. 19-21, 2010
ITS Georgia Annual Meeting

Sept. 19-22, 2010
Mission: Safety 2010 Conference 
Newport, R.I.

Sept. 22-24, 2010
ITS Tennessee Annual Meeting
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sept. 27, 2010
ITS Connecticut Annual Meeting

Oct. 3-6, 2010
IRF North American Regional Conference
New York, N.Y.

Oct. 25-29, 2010
17th World Congress on ITS
Busan, South Korea

Nov. 15-16, 2010
ITS California Annual Meeting

Nov. 22-25, 2010
ITS Russia's ROAD 2010 Exhibition-Forum

Nov. 28-30, 2010
Roadex Railex Exhibition and Conference
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Oct. 16-20, 2011
18th World Congress on ITS
Orlando, Fla.

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