ITS America responds to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill
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In a letter to Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, ITS America President Scott Belcher thanked the Senators for including more than $6 billion for transportation improvements in the American Power Act, including transportation efficiency measures championed by Senator Tom Carper and other sponsors of CLEAN TEA legislation that will help state and local agencies move forward with system operations improvements for roads and transit, including ITS technologies that will result in immediate and long-term greenhouse gas reductions.
While applauding the bill's focus on transportation efficiency, Belcher expressed concern over new fees on surface transportation system use and the dedication of the majority of the resulting revenue to activities unrelated to transportation. The letter to Senators Kerry and Lieberman is available here.
US DOT announces availability of $600 million in Tiger II grants
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER II grants for capital investment in surface transportation projects. Pre-applications are due on July 16, and applications are due on Aug. 23.
TIGER II grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area and can create jobs. U.S. DOT received more than 1,400 applications for the first round of TIGER grants requesting funding for almost $60 billion worth of projects — 40 times the $1.5 billion available under the program. The TIGER II solicitation (available on the Federal Register website here) provides criteria for U.S. DOT to make merit-based decisions on the new discretionary program, which include contributing to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the safety of U.S. transportation facilities, and improving the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections.
ITS America seeks communications specialist
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ITS America is looking for a Communications Specialist to join the Public Affairs team. The person in this role will support ITS America's Campaign for Intelligent Transportation Solutions and other legislative, marketing and outreach activities. The position will be responsible for planning and managing media, Congressional and stakeholder outreach events; supporting ITS America's Smart Solution Spotlight initiative; managing ITS America's weekly e-newsletter, the Transportation Technology News; coordinating ITS America's Congressional Roundtable events; performing legislative and regulatory research and writing; and assisting with media and marketing activities including outreach for major events. Candidates should have at least 3-5 years of relevant experience including a combination of transportation and technology policy, legislative, media, and event management experience. More information is available here.
Transportation leaders bring innovation to the forefront at International Transport Forum
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ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher joined top global transportation leaders last week at the 2010 International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, to discuss ways to maximize the potential of innovation to improve the performance of the transportation system. The program included panels on transformative technologies as well as innovative policies and business practices. Belcher was joined by ITS America Board member Peter Sweatman, Director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; T. Russell "Russ" Shields, Co-Founder and Chair of Ygomi LLC; John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO; and Peter Appel, RITA Administrator. More information on the conference, including remarks and video, can be found on the Forum website.
Join RITA and FHWA for the 2010 Clarus/MDSS Stakeholder Meeting, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, in Indianapolis
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The Federal Highway Administration and Research & Innovative Technology Administration invite you to join the 2010 Clarus and Maintenance Decision Support System Meeting from Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis. This is the first year that the agencies are holding a combined meeting to cover Clarus, MDSS, and other road weather management efforts. The meeting will also cover IntelliDrive, weather-responsive traffic management, and a number of related activities. E-mail Brenda Boyce to register for the meeting. If you would like more information about the meeting, contact Paul Pisano at 202-366-1301.
RouteMatch hosts seminar on mobility management and ITS technology on June 22
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Join ITS America Member RouteMatch Software for a seminar addressing policy, administration, and operational issues when deploying advanced technologies in support of a Travel Management Coordination Center or One Call Center. Kim Adair, Executive Director from Paducah Area Transit System will also provide an overview and discussion of the United States Department of Transportation's Mobility Services for All Americans model TMCC developed in western Kentucky. The complimentary seminar and luncheon will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Hyatt from 10am – 3pm. Please visit http://www.routematch.com/events/seminars.aspx to register.
National intelligent transportation vision begins to take shape
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The nine counties that compose the San Francisco Bay Area will determine this fall whether technology can help ease the region's infamous traffic congestion. The Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission is leading efforts to build an 800-mile express lane network stretching from the Napa Valley wine country to California's fabled Silicon Valley. More
US losing ground in infrastructure race
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With Memorial Day weekend traffic and the summer travel season upon us, congestion on the roads could be worse than ever for Houston. A survey of drivers in Houston showed that nearly one in five said traffic was so bad at times that they turned around and went home. More
Supporters of new highway spending legislation turn to new arguments
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Advocates for a new highway bill say lawmakers must convince deficit-averse voters that more government spending on infrastructure is in their interest. The chances of a highway bill moving soon appear slim, in large part because lawmakers are worried about voting in favor of additional spending amid record budget deficits. Worries about the deficit are also causing House leaders headaches in moving a budget resolution and this week's tax extenders package. More
With advanced sensors, cars become increasingly capable
of driving themselves
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A child-size dummy has just helped test the first in-car system that can sense an imminent collision with pedestrians and brake automatically if the driver doesn't. It is being tested by Volvo Car Corp. in its new S60 model. More
Feds to expand freight congestion tracking
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Speed and location data collected from approximately 650,000 trucks is being used to pinpoint congestion hotspots nationwide and could play a key role in infrastructure planning and funding. More
The man who could unsnarl Manhattan traffic
The walk to Charles Komanoff's favorite lunch spot, a patisserie two blocks from his office in Manhattan's Financial District, usually takes a couple of minutes. But on this December afternoon, Komanoff has spotted a truck from the grocery-delivery service FreshDirect. His eyes widen and his steps quicken as he approaches the orange and green refrigerated vehicle. Within seconds, he's peppering the driver—politely but insistently—with questions. More
New technology helps Massachusetts motorists dodge traffic jams
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Nobody ever said commuting in and around Boston was a breeze. But a growing assortment of up-to-the-minute traffic services can help drivers steer clear of the worst gridlock. More