ITS America statement on American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012
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ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher issued the following statement today in response to the release of H.R. 7, the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012:
"ITS America applauds the leadership of Chairman Mica for crafting a long-term transportation bill that will create jobs, enact critical program reforms and put innovative technology to work addressing challenges from traffic congestion and highway fatalities to infrastructure financing.
"Not only will the traveling public benefit from a safer, more efficient and cost-effective transportation network, but investment in intelligent transportation systems will create good jobs and make the U.S. more globally competitive by modernizing our freight network, improving supply chain efficiency and keeping people and goods moving safely and on time."
ITS America Reauthorization Webinar — Friday, Feb. 3
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ITS America will host a webinar on Friday, Feb. 3, from 1–2 p.m. EST to provide an update on the surface transportation reauthorization bill, including details of the House T&I Committee bill — American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 — and progress on the Senate bill which is expected to be marked up next week by the Finance and Banking Committees. Normally reserved for ITS America members, this special edition of our webinar series is free for anyone interested in learning more about what the transportation reauthorization debate means to the ITS and broader transportation community. Click here to register for this important and timely update!
ITS America joins US chamber led coalition of thousands asking Congress to 'Make Transportation Job #1'
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ITS America was among thousands of signatories to a historic letter encouraging Congress to follow words with action by passing a long-term transportation reauthorization bill. Make Transportation Job #1 is a campaign calling on Congress to pass federal highway, transit and safety legislation, at a minimum, maintains investment levels before the current law expires on March 31, 2012. Click here to read a copy of the letter and visit www.fasterbettersafer.org for more information.
US Transportation Secretary LaHood announces 4th round of funding under highly successful TIGER program
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Following President Obama's call in his State of the Union address for greater infrastructure investment as part of "An America Built to Last," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the availability of funding for transportation projects under a fourth round of the popular TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program. TIGER 2012 will make $500 million available for surface transportation projects having a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or region. To get the latest on public sector notices of funding availability, requests for proposals and other business opportunities, visit ITS America's dedicated Web page at http://www.itsa.org/careerabusinessdevelopment/rfps. More
ITS Minnesota 18th Annual Meeting & Information Exchange
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
ITS Minnesota invites you to join us for the ITS Minnesota 18th Annual Meeting & Information Exchange on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. This year's invited keynote presenter is Deputy Commissioner Bernie Arseneau, Minnesota Department of Transportation, who will present "ITS and Sustainability." Don't miss this great opportunity to hear the latest information on current and emerging ITS technology and services as well as make valuable industry contacts. For program information and to register, visit the ITS MN website at www.itsmn.org. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Nicole Freese at email@example.com or 612-624-3708.
BTS releases Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012 and State Transportation Facts and Figures
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The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, has published the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012 — a quick reference guide to significant transportation data. The 15th annual Pocket Guide covers data on transportation safety, state of good repair, system use and performance, economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability. To order a copy of the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012, go to the BTS website publications page. This free guide can also be obtained by contacting BTS by phone at 800-853-1351, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail sent to Product Orders, RITA/Bureau of Transportation Statistics, USDOT, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Room E36-109, Washington, D.C. 20590. Non-orders contact Dave Smallen: 202-366-5568.
BTS has also State Transportation Facts and Figures, an interactive Web transportation mapping application that allows customers to find state-by-state transportation data, comparisons and rankings as well as gives them the ability to download state transportation information. State Transportation Facts and Figures contains data and statistics related to each state's transportation infrastructure, transportation safety, freight movements and passenger travel, vehicle characteristics, economy and transportation finance, and transportation energy usage and the environment.
ITS Sweden conducting survey
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ITS Sweden is conducting a survey for the Swedish Ministry and would be very grateful for responses which will be used to help them decide on future focus areas for Sweden. Your response will be seen as a personal input from you as an expert and NOT as an official national response. ITS Sweden will not publish the data or refer to any specific response. here to complete the survey. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your reply to email@example.com by February 2012.
ITS America member: Mumbai's traffic centralization project receives Best ITS Project Award from Urban Mobility India 2011
Telvent GIT, S.A., a leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced that the 4th Annual Urban Mobility Conference and Expo (UMI 2011), organized by the Urban Institute of Transport and promoted by India's Ministry of Urban Development, has awarded MCGM with the Best Smart Transportation System Project Prize in recognition of Mumbai's new traffic control project, an undertaking in which the company has been involved in project development. More
ITS America member: RouteMatch Software announces statewide ITS contract with Nebraska Department of Roads
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RouteMatch Software, a leading provider in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), was selected by Nebraska Department of Roads to become the state's primary ITS partner, providing a standardized and integrated passenger transportation management technology platform for 13 Nebraska rural public and tribal transit agencies. More
US to decide next year whether to have rules for crash avoidance systems
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Federal safety regulators will decide next year whether to begin making rules governing technology that enables vehicles to electronically avoid collisions, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said recently. More
Transportation lobby asks: How do we get funded?
My colleague Fawn Johnson sat down with former House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar and Washington Post columnist George Will to discuss how the transportation industry can convince a spendthrift Congress to open the checkbook for infrastructure spending. More
Chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra to leave White House
Aneesh Chopra, who as the first U.S. chief technology officer has been the face of Obama's tech policy, is leaving the White House, an administration official confirmed to POLITICO. The White House confirmed that Chopra's last day will be Feb. 8. More
In Virginia and across the nation, building an economy that will last on infrastructure that will last
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In his State of the Union speech, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an America that is built to last. And if we are going to build an economy that lasts, we need to start with a foundation that lasts. We need to start with our infrastructure. More
Beyond the personal automobile
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The connected car has finally arrived. Our smart phones sync up with our dashboards, and soon vehicle-to-vehicle communication could make car crashes a thing of the past. Ford recently announced it's working on a "smart seat" that will detect when a driver is having a heart attack. What could be better? More
Funding transportation: Gas tax vs. tolls
A new report says the easiest way to raise more money to fix crumbling roads and bridges and aging transit systems is to make drivers pay at the pump. The report prepared for the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments says indexing gas taxes to the rate of inflation is the best way to increase transportation revenues. More
A moveable chief: A conversation with Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein
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Gabe Klein was an unconventional pick to head the District of Columbia's Department of Transportation when he was hired back in 2008, by then-mayor Adrian Fenty. He'd been a Zipcar executive. He had helped found a local boutique food-truck company. But he had never worked in government. More