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US DOT announces 2 new meetings for ITS stakeholders
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This summer, the ITS Joint Program Office is hosting several meetings and workshops to provide the latest information on their initiatives and solicit input from the ITS community.

Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Transformative Concepts Workshop

When: July 13, 2011
Where: Washington, D.C.

This free full-day workshop will discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and present Transformative Concepts. The purpose of this workshop is to present and solicit feedback from stakeholders on the set of Transformative Concepts developed by the AERIS Program. Transformative Concepts are integrated operational concepts that use V2V, V2I and other data and communications in innovative ways to operate surface transportation networks to reduce transportation-related emissions and fuel consumption.

Public Meeting to Discuss ITS Connected Vehicle Safety Program

When: Aug. 2-4, 2011
Where: Chicago

This free public meeting will provide updates and promote lively discussion on the Connected Vehicle Safety Program. This is a follow on to a similar meeting held in July 2010.

The goal of this meeting is to provide an overview of the entire ITS Connected Vehicle Safety research program, including Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), Safety Pilot, Safety Policy and Human Factors. There will also be a special session on commercial vehicles designed to solicit input from the commercial vehicle industry (heavy vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other interested parties) on U.S. DOT's research plans for related commercial vehicle applications for safety. Click here for preliminary agendas for the meeting.

To attend either event, send your full name, organization and business email address to Adam Hopps at ITS America at For any questions please contact Adam Hopps at or 202 680 0091.

Congressman Richard Hanna discusses need for infrastructure investment at ITS America Congressional Roundtable
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ITS America's Congressional Roundtable members were joined by Congressman Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., for a breakfast on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the surface transportation reauthorization bill and other ITS priorities.

As Vice Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee's Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and as a businessman who spent nearly three decades in the construction industry before being elected to Congress last year, Congressman Hanna is in a key position to make a difference in the future of our nation's transportation system. Roundtable participants talked with the congressman about his priorities for the reauthorization bill, including the need for a greater focus on technology solutions as a way of doing "more with less" in the current budget environment. The congressman made note of Portland, Ore., as an example of a city that is investing in ITS technologies to help create a more efficient, user-friendly transportation network, and acknowledged the pressure many public agencies are facing to roll out more visible "brick and mortar" projects.

Congressman Hanna said the "argument is building daily" for investing in transportation as a means to decrease the nation's high unemployment rate, and noted that House T&I Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., is planning to introduce the transportation reauthorization bill during July 4th week. In addition to his work on the T&I Committee, Hanna is using his position on the Education & the Workforce Committee and working with local colleges and universities to support students who wish to pursue careers in transportation, engineering and related fields. The congressman recognizes that trade schools and community colleges "have never been busier," and sees the current economic situation as the perfect time to increase our infrastructure investment.

Organizations interested in learning more about the ITS America Congressional Roundtable should contact Paul Feenstra at

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ITS America Webinars features sessions on Innovative Transportation Data Management (6/22) and Computer Vision (7/6)
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The ITS America Webinar Series continues next Wednesday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern with an inside look at an innovative method of collecting, archiving and disseminating regional transportation and transit data, presented by the Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology at the University of Maryland.

On July 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern, a senior engineer at Lecky Integration, a leading transportation imaging company, will give a presentation on Computer Vision and the vital role that imaging technologies play in international border security, collision avoidance and traffic management systems. Learn more about imaging technology in transportation through the latest ITS America Technology Scan report at To register for a webinar, email Member Services Coordinator Charlie Tennyson at indicating the session(s) you would like to attend. For more information on ITS America's Webinar Series and for updates on future sessions, go to

Industry News

Mica, Shuster roll out high-speed & intercity passenger rail plan
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A dramatic new direction that focuses on bringing competition to high-speed and intercity passenger rail service across the country was presented recently during a national briefing by committee leaders. The plan incorporates competitive bidding and private sector involvement to bring high-speed rail to the Northeast Corridor and improve intercity passenger rail service nationwide. More

GPS users fear getting lost in wireless expansion
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GPS devices have become ubiquitous: Millions of drivers rely on them for directions. The government hopes to construct a new air traffic control system based on GPS navigation rather than the use of radar. They've also become an important tool in agriculture. More

Transportation boss wants screens with commuter info in bus shelters
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Arguing that Chicago's 2,200 lighted bus shelters are "under-utilized," newly-appointed Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein wants to put them to work — by installing video screens that provide an array of commuter information. More

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Washington Metro taking next steps to create new payment system
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Metro riders grapple with persnickety farecards, broken bus fareboxes, receiptless vending machines and other glitches paying their way onto the Metro system. Now the transit agency is seeking a better way — by getting out of the business of handling riders' money at all. More

Google shows that when transit agencies free their data, riders win
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Last week, in a forum about intelligent cities and the ways data can improve urban planning, Carolyn Young of Portland, Ore.'s TriMet let it slip that Portland was one of the first cities to share its real-time transit tracking data on Google Maps. (Google announced the news two days later.) More

Alpha's Mighty Little Traffic Enclosure

Alpha’s Multi Mount Outdoor Enclosure (MMOE) - Traffic, is a cost-effective and versatile small form factor enclosure, ideal for space constrained traffic intersections. The MMOE can be pole, host, wall or pedestal mounted and can accommodate Alpha’s FXM series UPS control module and up to four front terminal batteries.

Can technology propel transportation industry?
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Volatile fuel prices are a huge concern for transportation companies. Even those that pass some of the fuel-related expenses on to their customers must stay abreast of the ever-fluctuating costs associated with fuel. This is but one in a long list of issues that challenge the transportation industry. More

GM, Ford, Toyota team to further 'Future of Transportation'
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About 10,000 professionals and politicians will meet in Orlando, Fla., this fall to analyze and review future technologies and intelligent vehicles aimed at making transportation economically and environmentally better, safer and more convenient for everyday people. More

New I-77 signs to keep motorists ahead of the curve    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The work under way along Interstate 77 isn't just another dumb road project. It is actually quite smart. So smart that the finished product is part of Ohio's Intelligent Transportation System. By Sept. 30, large highways in the Canton and Akron area will be connected by webcams and message signs to the Ohio Department of Transportation Buckeye Traffic monitoring system. More

Denver police, RTD bring fare enforcement into digital age
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Three plainclothes officers hopped on RTD's H train at 16th and Stout streets recently and, as soon as it left the station, pulled police badges on lanyards from their shirts and announced: "Denver police, we're checking fares." More

Integerated Video Sensors
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'Solar tunnel' to power 4,000 trains annually
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Europe's first "solar tunnel" is providing power to high-speed trains running between Paris and Amsterdam. The 3.6-kilometer (2.2-mile) tunnel, built to protect trains from falling trees as they pass through an ancient forest near Antwerp, is covered with solar cells and could generate 3.3 MWh of electricity annually. More

Fix transit, officials say. Or expand it. Or both.
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The American Public Transit Association is making a big push for more funding for transit as rising gas prices make taking transit a whole lot more economically attractive. Except. Officials say systems are shutting down, service is getting worse, transit systems are aging and there are $78 billion worth of needs out there — just to keep the system functioning more or less as it is today. More

Avego real-time ridesharing comes to Windows Phone 7
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Avego Driver, a free ridesharing app that shares empty seats between drivers and riders in real time, is now available on Windows Phone 7. Avego Driver is the first real-time ridesharing application available on Windows Phone 7, as well as the first real-time ridesharing app compatible across multiple mobile platforms. While Avego Driver for iPhone has been available since 2008, with thousands of users in over 60 countries around the world, the new app on Windows Phone 7 is the first to sport a new style of interface that is easier to deploy and use on more mobile devices. More

AASHTO iPhone app offers a new tool for staying current on the latest traffic conditions and transportation news nationwide
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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced the launch of AASHTOMobile, an iPhone app designed to provide the latest in transportation news, video content and real-time traffic conditions. "Americans are on the move, now more than ever, and we believe this is one way to meet their demand for greater access to information while on the go," said John Horsley, AASHTO executive director. More

IceSight Non-Intrusive Road Sensor

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Taking Pedestrian Safety to the next level
Traficon is introducing a brand-new sensor to better protect the most vulnerable road users, called SafeWalk. More

Adaptive Control, Simply Better.

McCain’s adaptive control software has a benefit-cost ratio of 8:1.

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Transportation Calendar

September, 2011
6th China Annual Conference and Exhibition on ITS
Beijing, China

Sept. 26-30, 2011
2011 World Roads Congress
Mexico City, Mexico

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

Oct. 18-20, 2011
eCarTec 2011 for electric mobility
Munich, Germany

May 21-23, 2012
ITS America's Annual Meeting & Exposition
Washington, D.C.

Oct. 22-26, 2012
19th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems
Vienna, Austria

Complete schedule of events

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