Senior US DOT official discusses intelligent transportation with ITS America's Congressional Roundtable
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A packed room gathered to hear U.S. DOT's Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Polly Trottenberg, discuss the Department's legislative priorities as part of ITS America's latest Congressional Roundtable on Sept. 9. The discussion followed closely on the heels of President Obama's Labor Day announcement of $50 billion in proposed funding to begin modernizing America's transportation network, which would serve as a down payment on the six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill. While details of the reauthorization proposal are still being developed, the President's plan would be front-loaded to help create jobs and stimulate the economy. Assistant Secretary Trottenberg stressed that the final plan will be the result of an iterative process, with input from decision makers in Congress and involvement by transportation stakeholders including ITS America and its members.
In terms of policy goals, Trottenberg said the Department is looking at ways to create a more outcome-based program, transitioning away from earmarks and balancing the need for spending flexibility at the state and local level with incentives that would encourage greater performance. One example would be to incentivize the deployment of ITS solutions that help achieve desired performance outcomes. Trottenberg stated that while there is a lot of focus on cutting edge technologies of the future, there are many proven ITS technologies that are still not widely deployed across the U.S. when compared to countries like Japan or South Korea.
For more information or to sign up as a member of the Congressional Roundtable, please contact Paul Feenstra at 202-721-4237 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ITS America members who are interested in getting more involved in ITS-related policy are also encouraged to ask about our Washington Representatives Committee and the Campaign for Intelligent Transportation Solutions.
ITS America adds new staff for business and program development
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ITS America has added four new staff members to focus on business development, technical programs, member services and public affairs: Barbara O'Connor, Director of Business Development; Kelley Pecheux, Senior Program Manager; Francis George, Director of Member Relations; and Lauren Jochum, Communications Specialist. More
Last chance for advance registration to the
17th ITS World Congress in Busan!
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We're a month away from the 17th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Busan, Korea, from Oct. 25-29. Some of the world's most distinguished scholars and experts will attend the congress, providing you the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in ITS worldwide. Busan is ready to welcome attendees with a state-of-the-art convention and exhibition center and a wide array of amenities. Learn, share knowledge and gain perspective on the state of the industry as well as on the emerging technology trends in dynamic Busan. Register online by Sept. 30.
Join IBM's Smarter Transportation Virtual Event on Oct. 7
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ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher will be one of the featured panelists at IBM's Smarter Transportation Virtual Event on Oct. 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Come learn why smarter transportation can't wait and how you can accelerate progress now. Join IBM, ITS America, Transportation for America, Frost and Sullivan, and others in our discussion about Smarter Transportation, Asset Management and Urban Mobility. Register now!
Focusing on distracted driving
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Distracted driving has been one of the Transportation Department's signature issues under Secretary Ray LaHood, and this week DOT is convening its second summit on the problem. A wide range of officials from government to industry to law enforcement are being brought together to discuss the past year's efforts, current outreach strategies and what happens next. More
6 technologies to cure bad driving
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Traffic in China fuels quest for road civility
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For the past month, the people of China, long used to communist campaigns that stretched from the radical to the ridiculous, have been given another task by Party Central. "Be a civilized, polite Chinese" runs the latest slogan, spread online by government websites and splashed onto giant electronic signs above major highways. More
Made of wood, with no engine and few seats,
the first look at a Boris bus
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A prototype of the new Routemaster bus commissioned by Boris Johnson was unveiled recently. It is made mainly of wood and plastic and has neither engine, driver, conductor nor even many seats. But it brought to life for the first time the Mayor's £7.8 million vision that may soon be dubbed the "Boris bus." More
Light rail may get on early schedule
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A light-rail route between Tampa International Airport and downtown Tampa, Fla., could be operational by 2015 — three years early — under a scenario the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority would consider if county voters approve a sales tax increase on Nov. 2. More
GM relaunches OnStar with WiFi, news podcasts
and more to challenge Ford Sync
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Next year, GM will provide in-car access to Pandora online radio, Stitcher news podcasts and WiFi. Voice-activated Facebook, texting, e-mail and MP3 player control also may come soon. Consumers already have heard about many of these technologies — from rival Ford's Sync, which links to cell phones and iPods. Among digital devotees, Sync, first launched in 2007, has left OnStar's blue button in the dust. More
Giving traffic lights a mind of their own can reduce congestion
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A system of self-organizing traffic lights could reduce congestion, according to European researchers. The key is allowing lights to switch from green to red in a decentralized, chaotic way, instead of following a regular programmed pattern. More
Task force holds open meeting to discuss needed changes in Metro's governance
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The head of the National Transportation Safety Board, who had been critical of Metro, on Friday praised the agency's response to an NTSB report on safety deficiencies related to the June 2009 Red Line crash. More