John Mica selected Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
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U.S. Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., was confirmed by vote of the House Republican Conference today to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 112th Congress. The Committee has broad jurisdiction over the nation's highways, aviation system, transit, rail transportation, pipelines, the Coast Guard, maritime transportation, water resources, economic development, public buildings and emergency management.
"We must begin immediately to address the significant needs and challenges facing our nation's infrastructure and create jobs," Mica said. "Today, our government, elected leaders and Americans everywhere have no choice but to do more with less," Mica continued. "This will also be the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's mandate."
In the previous two congresses, Mica served as the Committee's Republican leader. Mica has been a member of the Committee since his election to Congress in 1992. More
RITA and ITS America invite comments on Real-Time System Management Information Program
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The U.S. DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is encouraging comments on the Real-Time System Management Information Program Final Rule, published in the Federal Register here. Called for in Section 1201 of the 2005 federal surface transportation bill (SAFETEA-LU), the Real-Time System Management Information Program would provide the capability to monitor in real-time the traffic and travel conditions of major highways across the U.S. and provide a means of sharing the data with state and local governments and the traveling public. Comments should be submitted no later than Dec. 23, when the Final Rule is scheduled to go into effect. More
ITS America is looking for volunteers to review technical and scientific papers for the 2011 World Congress
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Papers are now being accepted for the 18th World Congress on ITS in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 16-20, 2011. After the paper submission deadline of Jan. 14, 2011, passes the papers will be reviewed by a peer panel that will evaluate quality, relevance and significance of the each paper's findings.
ITS America is requesting volunteers to serve as reviewers. Beginning in late January, reviewers will be assigned one or two papers in his/her areas of interest or expertise. Draft technical papers will be three pages long and draft scientific papers will be up to 12 pages long. The reviews can be done completely online and we ask that reviews are completed within two weeks of receiving the papers.
To volunteer as a reviewer, please complete the attached form, indicating your areas of interest, and return to Tammara Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
For more information about the World Congress or paper submission process please go to www.itsworldcongress.org.
Update from ITS Japan: Hosting the fifth Japan ITS Promotion Forum
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ITS Japan held the "5th Japan ITS Promotion Forum" on Nov. 24-25, in Tokyo with the theme, "new generation of sustainable transport systems." About 300 people attended the forum, which focused on the Smart City and the Next Generation Automobile using ITS.
Ms. Sheryl J. Wilkerson, President of Willow LLC, attended on behalf of ITS America, joining an international panel that included Mr. Vincent Blervaque from ERTICO — ITS Europe, Mr. Xiaojing Wang, the Vice Chairman of ITS China, and Professor SK Jason Chang from ITS Taiwan. More
Jim Oberstar, exit interview after 17 terms
with house transportation committee
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Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., is about to leave the House after serving 17 terms representing the Eigth Congressional District of Minnesota. He's spent 15 years as the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with two terms as chairman. Oberstar has presided over or participated in some of the biggest highway and transportation bills in recent memory. But his vision for a transformative, nearly $500 billion surface transportation authorization bill was dashed when Congress couldn't agree on how to fund the ambitious bill earlier this year. Transportation Nation Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich sat down with Oberstar in his Capitol Hill office to talk about the Congress and the future of transportation funding in an age of budget austerity. More
Social media tackles traffic
The trouble with traffic information is that often the wrong people have it. A driver close to the scene of an accident knows there's going to be a huge traffic snarl on the road behind him, but thousands of unsuspecting riders a mile or two from the scene have no idea what's in store. A driver pulling into a municipal parking lot knows there are only a few spaces left, but no one approaching the lot has a clue. A commuter at a bus stop knows the bus is 15 minutes late, but people walking to the bus stop aren't aware of that. More
Feds: Common sense, technology will cut distracted driving deaths
Federal transportation officials are looking to get ahead of a story that broke last week indicating that they are looking into technologies that could block the use of a cell phone while driving as part of a larger effort to reduce accidents caused by people talking or texting behind the wheel. More
Deficit commission split on plan
Just after the co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's high-profile deficit commission offered a revised plan for reducing the deficit in an attempt to attract a majority of support from the 18-member panel, it appeared that the proposal will fall short of a consensus intended to force a vote in Congress. More
With new grants Federal Railroad Administration continues its pursuit of clean transportation options
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The Federal Railroad Administration recently announced two grants totaling $766,562 to help advance the use of bio-based fuels and lubricants in American trains. The overall goal for the research programs at North Carolina State University and University of Northern Iowa is critical: Reducing our carbon footprint through the use of alternative sources. More
Cutting edge technology lets New York University students track buses
NYU beat the MTA to the punch with the launch of a system that tracks its entire fleet of private university buses online. The technology lets students check the buses' location on computers and smart phones, and is designed to make long waits at stops unnecessary. More
Mississippi DOT tries new truck weight plan
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Mississippi Department of Transportation officials have a new system that allows some trucks to be weighed and inspected while travelling at regular speeds, eliminating the need for them to pull into weigh stations. The $3.5 million Smart Roadside System is being tested at Orange Grove, a weigh station near Moss Point, and is installed in a van that can be used around the state. More
Warning system shows potential for alleviating crashes at dangerous rural intersections
University of Wisconsin-Madison transportation-safety engineers are testing a system on a northern Wisconsin highway that could help reduce crashes at rural intersections across the country. More
Request for proposals: Monterey Bay area 511 Feasibility and Implementation Plan
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The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission in California and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County invite your firm to submit a proposal for developing a Feasibility Analysis and Implementation Plan for a Monterey Bay Area 511 Traveler Information System. The request for proposals has been published and can be accessed at the Monterey Bay Area's 511 project website. More
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces recipients of new railroad safety technology grants
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that seven projects will share $50 million to help make the nation's rail system safer by facilitating deployment of Positive Train Control collision avoidance systems and other advanced technologies. The projects will receive money through the new Railroad Safety Technology Grant program. More
Bipartisan industry leaders issue urgent call for overhauling transportation policy
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Members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project and the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission say that continuing our existing transportation policies "will further damage our economic health." More
Parsons to sponsor sustainable transportation lecture
Parsons is sponsoring a lecture titled "The Role of Sustainable Transport to Overcome Oil Dependence" on Dec. 13. Hosted by The Merritt C. Becker, Jr., University of New Orleans the event will be held at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana. More