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2010 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting
No Boundaries: ITS Difference Makers
 ITS Midwest held its Annual Meeting on November 4-5, at Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago.
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Green shoots in the "Bluegrass State": Developing advanced battery technologies for vehicle applications | Source: Kentucky-Argonne
The Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center has recently launched a new Web site detailing the partnership between Argonne and Kentucky on lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery research...
[ more information] - Kentucky-Argonne web site

Research and Innovative Technology Administration releases ITS strategic plan | Source: ITS America
Imagine a world where: Highway crashes and their tragic consequences are significantly reduced;  Vehicles of all types can talk to traffic signals to eliminate unnecessary stops and help people drive in the most fuel efficient manner; Travelers can get accurate travel time information about all modes and route options and the potential environmental impacts of their choices; Transportation managers have data to accurately assess multi-modal transportation system performance...
[ more information] - ITS America web site

Report: US falling behind world leaders in use of new technologies to address major transportation challenges | Source: ITS America
The United States is lagging behind other world leaders in the use of new technologies to address traffic congestion, CO2 emissions, traffic crashes, and other major challenges according to a report issued yesterday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)...
[ more information] - ITS America web site

Technical and Scientific Papers Sought for the 18th World Congress on ITS | Source: ITS World Congress
You are invited to submit your paper for the 18th World Congress and contribute to the development of ITS insights, products and services. The deadline for submission of draft technical papers and full scientific papers is January 14, 2011....
[ more information] - ITS World Congress web site

New Ohio lithium-ion battery factory, to use Argonne technology, breaks ground | Source: Energy Blog DOE
Last week, I traveled to Elyria, Ohio (not far from Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) to celebrate the groundbreaking of BASF Catalysts, LLC’s new cathode material production facility. Thanks to support from the Recovery Act, this facility will put Ohioans to work building components for the advanced batteries that will power the vehicles of the future....
[ read full article by Patrick B. Davis ]- Energy Blog DOE web site

How Does Google's Predictive Traffic Maps Work? | Source: Search Engine Roundtable
We know how Google Maps plots much of the real time traffic. In short, they watch people via their mobile phones and see how fast they are driving in real time. But how do they go about the predictive traffic?...
[ more information ]- Search Engine Roundtable web site

TIGER Grant Recipients Showcase Innovation in Both Rural and Urban Communities | Source: Transportation for America
On October 20, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation  announced a second round of competitive grants for innovative transportation projects that address economic, environmental and travel issues....
[ more information  ]- Transportation for America web site

The September 2010 Issue of the ITSMW Newsletter is out!....
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2010 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting: Project of the Year Nominations
ITS Midwest is soliciting nominations for the 2010 "Project of the Year Award". This year one award will be given. The award will be determined based upon project merit and significance...
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Call for 2011 Talking Freight Topics | Source: FHWA Freight Planning
The FHWA "Talking Freight" web casts series is one of the free continuing education opportunities featured in ITS Midwest Events page. FHWA is now seeking for suggestions from users regarding potential topics for 2011. Don't miss this chance!...
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Deadline Extended for Dynamic Mobility Applications Call for Ideas | Source: IntelliDrive...
[ more information ] - IntelliDrive web site

Seattle's "Smarter Highways" recognised by ITS America | Source: ITS International...
[ more information ] - ITS International web site

"U.S. DOT Open Solicitation Notice - Research on ITS Applications to Improve Environmental Performance"  | Source: US DOT...
[ read full article ] - US DOT web site

"The ITS JPO seeks ideas about how to use Dynamic Mobility Applications"  | Source: ITS JPO...
[ read full article ] - IntelliDrive web site

"Get Involved in Mobility Transforming IntelliDriveSM Initiatives"  | Source: ITSA
As part of the IntelliDriveSM Dynamic Mobility Applications Program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is soliciting ideas for transformative applications that would leverage IntelliDriveSM data and communications capabilities to improve the performance of the transportation system and to improve the nature, accuracy, precision and/or speed of dynamic decision making by transportation system managers and travelers...
[ read full article ] - ITSA web site

TIGER II Discretionary Grant Pre-Application Now Available
The TIGER II Discretionary Grant Pre-Application is now available at the DOT web site...
[ more information ]

CMAP: RFP 049 Development of a Web Based Archived Data User Service to Access, Summarize and Display Traffic and Incident Data
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is requesting proposals from interested and qualified firms to assist CMAP in development of a Web based Archived Data User Service to Access, Summarize and Display Traffic and Incident Data...
[ more information ]

"Construction Companies Losing Billions Stuck in Gridlock, AGC Report Finds"  | Source: AASHTO Journal
Traffic delays are costing construction companies billions of dollars in lost time each year, according to a report released last week by the Associated General Contractors of America...
[ read full article ] - AASHTO Journal web site

"ITS America Announces Call for Papers for 18th World Congress on ITS"  | Source: ITSA
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has announced paper topics and submission guidelines for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Orlando, Florida. The four-day event will be held from October 16 – 20, 2011, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policy makers, technology, and business professionals...
[ read full article ] - ITSA web site

"U.S. losing ground in infrastructure race"  | Source: Houston Chronicle
IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano's piece on ITS in the Houston Chronicle:  a private sector leader calling for collaboration...
[ read full article ] - by Sam Palmisano at Houston Chronicle web site

The June 2010 Issue of the ITSMW Newsletter is out!....
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IntelliDrive Safety Program Workshop in Chicago!
On Jul. 20-22, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, ITS Joint Program Office will hold a three-day workshop to present and discuss IntelliDriveSM safety technical and policy research roadmaps...
[ more information ]

"How telecommuting via the internet is reducing congestion"  | Source: Advertising Age...
Shift Toward Fewer Young Drivers Could Have Repercussions for All Marketers.
[ read full article ] - by Jack Neff at Advertising Age web site

"Freight Performance Measures Web Based (FPMweb) Tool"  | Source: FHWA...
This tool, developed by FHWA and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), measures operating speeds for trucks at any given place and point in time along 25 interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes. By accessing this system, transportation data analysts, researchers and other practitioners can determine where, when and how efficiently trucks are moving on selected interstate highways...
[ read full article ] - FHWA web site

"Urban Freight Case Studies"  | Source: FHWA...
FHWA developed the Urban Freight Cases Studies as a way to document notable practices in urban goods movement. These four case studies provide information on freight-related initiatives that mitigate congestion and improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicle travel in urban areas. The case studies focus on New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington, DC...
[ read full article ] - FHWA web site

"Intelligent Transport Systems in Indianapolis"  | Source: Telecom TV...
Telecom TV went to central Indiana to look at transport systems.
[ read full article ] - at Telecom TV web site

"Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Chooses Comprehensive Solution from Trapeze ITS"  | Source: onlysoftwareblog.com blog...
Constellation Software Inc. announced that Trapeze ITS, a leading provider of solutions for public passenger transportation and an operating company within Constellation’s Trapeze Operating Group, has signed a significant contract with Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) of Cincinnati, Ohio.
[ read full article ] - at onlysoftwareblog.com

"U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood announced that $600 million in TIGER II grants are available for surface transportation projects"  | Source: fastlane.gov blog...
[ read full article ] - at fastlane.gov blog

"U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Signs Memorandum of Cooperation to Encourage Women to Pursue Math and Science Careers in Transportation"  | Source: RITA...
[ read full article ] - at RITA web site

"Statewide Implementation of a Maintenance Decision Suport System (MDSS) in Indiana for FY09 cost $529,000"  | Source: RITA...
[ read full article ] - at RITA web site

"EAO Switch Extends Representation Agreement with D-M Associates to Include Indiana and Kentucky"  | Source: MassTransit.com...
[ read full article ] - at the Mass Transit magazine web site

TIGER II Webinars on June 1 and 15
Updated (May 29, 2010): Planning Grants seminar postponed to June 15
Registration is now available for two special Talking TIGER/Talking Freight Seminars on June 1 and 15! The topic of these seminars is the TIGER II Discretionary Grants Program Capital Grants (6/1), and Planning Grants (6/15)...
[ more information ]

"Congress and the Administration Should Make a Commitment To Intelligent Transportation Systems"  | Source: the Georgia Engineer...
[ read full article ] - by Scott Belcher (ITSA) at the Georgia Engineer web site

USDOT Intellidrive Deployment Scenarios Workshop
On Jun. 22-23, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, ITS Joint Program Office will hold a two-day workshop in Dulles (VA) to present and discuss its four draft IntelliDriveSM deployment scenarios that have been recently developed in response to key stakeholder input. The purpose of the meeting is to provide input to the U.S. DOT as it refines IntelliDrive research plans about potential futures paths for IntelliDrive deployment. Discussion will be framed around four scenarios...
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"Text of Secretary LaHood's Address to ITS America Annual Meeting"  | Source: IntelliDrive USA...
[ read text ] - IntelliDrive web site

"Vehicle to vehicle communication, the next step in roadway safety"  | Source: Houston Chronicle...
[ read full article ] - by Peter Appel (US DOT) at the Houston Chronicle web site

RITA ITS Strategic Research Plan Released  | Source: RITA...
[ read full article ] - RITA web site

"ODOT's new traffic monitoring system may ease stress of driving around Cleveland"  | Source: cleveland.com
The state's first traffic monitoring system could help ease the stress of driving in and around Cleveland with up-to-date information for motorists...
[ read full article ] - by Karen Farkas at cleveland.com

"Intelligent technologies promise greater road safety" by US Secr. of Transp. LaHood | Source: fastlane.gov blog
Secretary LaHood - invited speaker at ITSA 2010 in Houston- talks about the positive impact of ITS on transport safety...
[ more information ] - fastlane.gov blog

FHWA & ITS JPO hosting stakeholder workshop 5/25-26 in DC to help shape its long-range Road Weather Research Agenda | Source: ITS JPO
[ more information ] - ITS.dot.gov

Cool transit apps come down the pike as MTA loosens restrictions | Source: am New York blog
Imagine being able to find out exactly where a bus is see through a tweet on your phone? Or clicking to find out if they’ve finally fixed that busted escalator at your station?...
[ more information ] - am New York blog

High Tech for Cities: Neat Apps, Smart Strategies | Source: citiwire.net
What are the latest innovations — especially high tech “apps” — to make today’s cities succeed?...
[ more information ] -  citiwire.net blog

Western Kentucky Enhances Regional Transportation with ITS Technology | Source: Directions Magazine
To more efficiently manage the transit and human resource needs of Western Kentucky, four primary transportation providers in the region have joined to form in a cooperative effort and established Purchase Area Regional Transit (PART)....
[ more information ] - Directions Magazine web site

New Additions to ITSA Annual Meeting, May 3- 5 in Houston!
In conjunction with the ITS America Annual Meeting, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has decided to convene a USDOT Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Meeting to solicit the views of key stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of surface transportation programs. ITSA announced also other additions to the Annual Meeting program..
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ITE Engineer Shadowing Day July 15, 2010
Engineers are needed for the IL ITE Engineer Shadowing Day on July 15th, 2010....
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HEADS-UP: US DOT Secr. LaHood to Host Surface Transportation Reauthorization Meeting during ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston | Source: ITSA
ITS America announced that US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood will host a Surface Transportation Reauthorization Meeting during the ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston on May 5. Further details will be announced soon by ITSA...

Have an opinion on transportation policy issues? Read and Respond with ITS America | Source: ITSA
ITS America staff will review your feedback about posted reports, prepare a summary of all comments, and revise the documents and/or the ITS America response as appropriate. You can view a summary of all comments one week after the closing date...
[ more information ] - ITSA web site

ODOT lights way for Ohio's "Solar Highways" of the Future | Source: Infrastructure Solutions Magazine
Harnessing the state’s emerging expertise in solar energy in Northwest Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with the University of Toledo (UT) to create the state’s first "solar highway" of the future....
[ more information ] - Infrastructure Solutions Magazine web site

ITS Joint Program Office to host IntelliDriveSM Workshops | Source: IntelliDrive USA
The ITS JPO is working to set up a series of workshops that are open and free of charge. The workshops will be geared toward all interested parties in the automotive, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and other industries. The ITS JPO encourages participation by manufacturers, applications developers, and industry representatives. The ITS JPO anticipates participation by other meeting attendees such as academic researchers and state and local government representatives. A summary of the event will be made available to all interested parties for review and comment within three weeks after each event...
[ more information ] - IntelliDrive USA web site

Driver data - A Better Traffic Information System | Source: Telegram.com
A local startup company is teaming up with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to improve and expand the state's 511 traffic information line — at no cost to the state — so commuters can get real-time traffic updates for major highways on their cell phones...
[ more information ] - Telegram.com web site

Japan and US lead in automotive telematics availability | Source: ITS International...
[ more information ] - ITS International web site

PDF document"Moving Cooler" - An Operations and ITS Perspective by L.G. Neudorff | Source: Moving Cooler...
[ Download PDF ] - Moving Cooler web site

Industry Review of the RFP for the Phase 2 IntelliDrive(SM) HOT Lane Operations Project | Source: IntelliDrive USA...
[ more information ] - intellidriveusa.org

Gas Fizzling - ITS are useful tools to weaken greenhouse-gas emissions  | Source: Roads & Bridges Mar. 2010 Vol. 48 No. 3...
[ more information ] - Roads & Bridges

Transportation & Development Institute 1st Congress: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (due April 20)
The organizing committee of the 1st T&DI Congress would like to invite you to submit an abstract for the Congress....
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ITS JPO Strategic Research Plan Workshop (April 28-29, 2010)
The ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) invites you to attend a 2-day workshop to discuss areas where the JPO, University Transportation Centers(UTC), and other transportation research centers can collaborate as the new ITS Strategic Research Plan is implemented in the 2010-2014 timeframe...
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Indiana DOT uses Proxim Wireless for statewide ITS project | Source: Traffic Technology Today
Provider of indoor and outdoor wireless broadband ecosystems, Proxim Wireless Corporation, has announced that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has deployed an end-to-end Proxim wireless network for a statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The wireless network connects traffic and video components over hundreds of square miles throughout the northwest Indiana and Indianapolis areas....
[ more information ] - RITA web site

Letter to ITS Colleagues from Shelley Row | Source: RITA...
[ more information ] - RITA web site

FHWA/I-95 Corridor Coalition Report on Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. | Source: FHWA
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management and Operations, in conjunction with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, has released a White Paper on Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. Accompanying this White Paper is a summary of a Roundtable held to obtain advice from a group of national experts about potential multi-state institutional arrangements to improve freight corridor performance. This work is intended to serve as a background piece to help practitioners and policymakers think through solution sets....
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Mobility Services for All Americans (MSAA) Transportation Management Coordination Center (TMCC) Paducah, KY Grand Opening | Source: RITA
On March 12, 2010, four rural transit agencies in and around Paducah, Kentucky held a Grand Opening for their Travel Management Coordination Center (TMCC), as part of the Mobility Services for All Americans (MSAA) Initiative, a component of the USDOT-funded Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program...
[ more information ] - RITA web site

Kentucky launches travel management center | Source: Metro Magazine
With the opening of the Purchase Area Regional Transit’s (PART) Travel Management Coordination Center on March 12 in Paducah, K.Y., Western Kentucky riders will be able to reserve, manage and track their transportation with Paducah Area Transit System (PATS), Easter Seals West Kentucky, Fulton County Transit Authority and Murray-Calloway Transit Authority. All four transportation providers came together to form PART and are partners in the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) initiative.....
[ more information ] - Metro Magazine web site

Groundbreaking Travel Management Coordination Center Set To Open in Paducah | Source: MassTransitMag.com
On March 12th, a new era in travel management begins in Paducah, Ky., as Paducah Area Transit System (PATS), along with three other travel providers, opens the doors on the Purchase Area Travel Management Coordination Center for all of far Western Kentucky....
[ more information ] - MassTransitMag.com web site

Research Pays Off: Implementing a Winter Maintenance Decision Support System: Indiana Department of Transportation's Process, Success, and Savings | Source: TRB
Recently released TRB publication
[ more information ] - TRB web site

Portland is a "Smart City" | Source: ITS International....
The city of Portland has been presented with the "ITS America Smart City Award" in recognition of its deployment of ITS to address congestion, traffic safety and environmental problems. The award was presented to Susan Keil, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Peter Koonce, division manager of signals and street lighting, by ITS America president and CEO Scott Belcher during this week's Women's Transportation Seminar/ITS Oregon luncheon in Portland.
[ more information ] - ITS International web site

U.S. Transportation Secretary Names ITS Advisory Committee Members | Source: RITA....
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has named the following candidates to serve on the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Advisory Committee, pursuant to Section 5305(h) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
[ more information ] - TRB web site

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle-Highway Automation 2009
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2129 includes 17 papers that explore vehicle reidentification algorithms, privacy preservation in intelligent transportation systems and the vehicle–infrastructure integration initiative, advanced traveler information systems deployment, dynamic message sign deployment and traveler diversion behavior, real-time detection of hazardous traffic events on freeways, and an automatic traffic conflict detection system...
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US lagging behind in ITS | Source: ITS International....
The United States is lagging behind other world leaders in the use of new technologies to address traffic congestion, CO2 emissions, traffic crashes, and other major challenges according to a report issued yesterday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
[ more information ] - ITS International web site

"ITS report a wake-up call" by Scott Belcher....
Read the full article by Scott Belcher, CEO and President of ITS America on The Hill's Congress Blog. The article is a response to the "Explaining International IT Leadership: ITS" ITIF report.
[ more information ] - ITS America web site

Find the Best ITS Job Opportunities on ITS America’s Online Career Center....
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) online Career Center is designed to help job seekers find the best job opportunities in the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry.
[ more information ] - ITS America web site

Online Supplier Directory for ITS Industry Available from Intelligent Transportation Society of America....
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) launched the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Industry Source, a unique online search tool that will give its members and other industry stakeholders with quick access to an extensive directory of industry-specific products and services.
[ more information ] - ITS America web site

ITS America Announces Call for Nominations for 2010 Board of Directors....
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is seeking recommendations for members to serve on the ITS America Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted with a brief biography or resume by February 19, 2010.
[ more information ] - ITS America web site

Nominations for the 2010 Freight Academy Program (I-95 Corridor Coalition) are being accepted through January 29, 2010....
[ more information ] - Freight Academy web site

ITS America Announces Call for Entries for “2010 Best of ITS Awards”....
[ more information ] - ITSA web site

Upcoming CITE and FHWA Blended Courses (2010)....
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The January 2010 Issue of the ITSMW Newsletter is out!....
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Research and innovative technology administration releases ITS strategic plan
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration has released the new, five-year Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Research Plan...
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Presentations from 2009 Annual Meeting of ITS Midwest now available...
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New rules require better warnings of traffic delays - Source: USA Today...
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Technical and Scientific Papers Sought for the 18th World Congress on ITS | Source: ITS World Congress
You are invited to submit your paper for the 18th World Congress and contribute to the development of ITS insights, products and services. The deadline for submission of draft technical papers and full scientific papers is January 14, 2011....
[ more information] - ITS World Congress web site

New Ohio lithium-ion battery factory, to use Argonne technology, breaks ground | Source: Energy Blog DOE
Last week, I traveled to Elyria, Ohio (not far from Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) to celebrate the groundbreaking of BASF Catalysts, LLC’s new cathode material production facility. Thanks to support from the Recovery Act, this facility will put Ohioans to work building components for the advanced batteries that will power the vehicles of the future....
[ read full article by Patrick B. Davis ]- Energy Blog DOE web site

How Does Google's Predictive Traffic Maps Work? | Source: Search Engine Roundtable
We know how Google Maps plots much of the real time traffic. In short, they watch people via their mobile phones and see how fast they are driving in real time. But how do they go about the predictive traffic?...
[ more information ]- Search Engine Roundtable web site

TIGER Grant Recipients Showcase Innovation in Both Rural and Urban Communities | Source: Transportation for America
On October 20, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation  announced a second round of competitive grants for innovative transportation projects that address economic, environmental and travel issues....
[ more information  ]- Transportation for America web site

The September 2010 Issue of the ITSMW Newsletter is out!....
[ more information ]

2010 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting: Project of the Year Nominations
ITS Midwest is soliciting nominations for the 2010 "Project of the Year Award". This year one award will be given. The award will be determined based upon project merit and significance...
[ more information ]

Call for 2011 Talking Freight Topics | Source: FHWA Freight Planning
The FHWA "Talking Freight" web casts series is one of the free continuing education opportunities featured in ITS Midwest Events page. FHWA is now seeking for suggestions from users regarding potential topics for 2011. Don't miss this chance!...
[ more information ]

Deadline Extended for Dynamic Mobility Applications Call for Ideas | Source: IntelliDrive...
[ more information ] - IntelliDrive web site

Seattle's "Smarter Highways" recognised by ITS America | Source: ITS International...
[ more information ] - ITS International web site

"U.S. DOT Open Solicitation Notice - Research on ITS Applications to Improve Environmental Performance"  | Source: US DOT...
[ read full article ] - US DOT web site

"The ITS JPO seeks ideas about how to use Dynamic Mobility Applications"  | Source: ITS JPO...
[ read full article ] - IntelliDrive web site

"Get Involved in Mobility Transforming IntelliDriveSM Initiatives"  | Source: ITSA
As part of the IntelliDriveSM Dynamic Mobility Applications Program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is soliciting ideas for transformative applications that would leverage IntelliDriveSM data and communications capabilities to improve the performance of the transportation system and to improve the nature, accuracy, precision and/or speed of dynamic decision making by transportation system managers and travelers...
[ read full article ] - ITSA web site

TIGER II Discretionary Grant Pre-Application Now Available
The TIGER II Discretionary Grant Pre-Application is now available at the DOT web site...
[ more information ]

CMAP: RFP 049 Development of a Web Based Archived Data User Service to Access, Summarize and Display Traffic and Incident Data
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is requesting proposals from interested and qualified firms to assist CMAP in development of a Web based Archived Data User Service to Access, Summarize and Display Traffic and Incident Data...
[ more information ]

"Construction Companies Losing Billions Stuck in Gridlock, AGC Report Finds"  | Source: AASHTO Journal
Traffic delays are costing construction companies billions of dollars in lost time each year, according to a report released last week by the Associated General Contractors of America...
[ read full article ] - AASHTO Journal web site

"ITS America Announces Call for Papers for 18th World Congress on ITS"  | Source: ITSA
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has announced paper topics and submission guidelines for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Orlando, Florida. The four-day event will be held from October 16 – 20, 2011, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policy makers, technology, and business professionals...
[ read full article ] - ITSA web site

"U.S. losing ground in infrastructure race"  | Source: Houston Chronicle
IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano's piece on ITS in the Houston Chronicle:  a private sector leader calling for collaboration...
[ read full article ] - by Sam Palmisano at Houston Chronicle web site

The June 2010 Issue of the ITSMW Newsletter is out!....
[ more information ]

IntelliDrive Safety Program Workshop in Chicago!
On Jul. 20-22, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, ITS Joint Program Office will hold a three-day workshop to present and discuss IntelliDriveSM safety technical and policy research roadmaps...
[ more information ]

"How telecommuting via the internet is reducing congestion"  | Source: Advertising Age...
Shift Toward Fewer Young Drivers Could Have Repercussions for All Marketers.
[ read full article ] - by Jack Neff at Advertising Age web site

"Freight Performance Measures Web Based (FPMweb) Tool"  | Source: FHWA...
This tool, developed by FHWA and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), measures operating speeds for trucks at any given place and point in time along 25 interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes. By accessing this system, transportation data analysts, researchers and other practitioners can determine where, when and how efficiently trucks are moving on selected interstate highways...
[ read full article ] - FHWA web site

"Urban Freight Case Studies"  | Source: FHWA...
FHWA developed the Urban Freight Cases Studies as a way to document notable practices in urban goods movement. These four case studies provide information on freight-related initiatives that mitigate congestion and improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicle travel in urban areas. The case studies focus on New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington, DC...
[ read full article ] - FHWA web site

"Intelligent Transport Systems in Indianapolis"  | Source: Telecom TV...
Telecom TV went to central Indiana to look at transport systems.
[ read full article ] - at Telecom TV web site

"Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Chooses Comprehensive Solution from Trapeze ITS"  | Source: onlysoftwareblog.com blog...
Constellation Software Inc. announced that Trapeze ITS, a leading provider of solutions for public passenger transportation and an operating company within Constellation’s Trapeze Operating Group, has signed a significant contract with Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) of Cincinnati, Ohio.
[ read full article ] - at onlysoftwareblog.com

"U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood announced that $600 million in TIGER II grants are available for surface transportation projects"  | Source: fastlane.gov blog...
[ read full article ] - at fastlane.gov blog

"U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Signs Memorandum of Cooperation to Encourage Women to Pursue Math and Science Careers in Transportation"  | Source: RITA...
[ read full article ] - at RITA web site

"Statewide Implementation of a Maintenance Decision Suport System (MDSS) in Indiana for FY09 cost $529,000"  | Source: RITA...
[ read full article ] - at RITA web site

"EAO Switch Extends Representation Agreement with D-M Associates to Include Indiana and Kentucky"  | Source: MassTransit.com...
[ read full article ] - at the Mass Transit magazine web site

TIGER II Webinars on June 1 and 15
Updated (May 29, 2010): Planning Grants seminar postponed to June 15
Registration is now available for two special Talking TIGER/Talking Freight Seminars on June 1 and 15! The topic of these seminars is the TIGER II Discretionary Grants Program Capital Grants (6/1), and Planning Grants (6/15)...
[ more information ]

"Congress and the Administration Should Make a Commitment To Intelligent Transportation Systems"  | Source: the Georgia Engineer...
[ read full article ] - by Scott Belcher (ITSA) at the Georgia Engineer web site

USDOT Intellidrive Deployment Scenarios Workshop
On Jun. 22-23, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, ITS Joint Program Office will hold a two-day workshop in Dulles (VA) to present and discuss its four draft IntelliDriveSM deployment scenarios that have been recently developed in response to key stakeholder input. The purpose of the meeting is to provide input to the U.S. DOT as it refines IntelliDrive research plans about potential futures paths for IntelliDrive deployment. Discussion will be framed around four scenarios...
[ more information ]

"Text of Secretary LaHood's Address to ITS America Annual Meeting"  | Source: IntelliDrive USA...
[ read text ] - IntelliDrive web site

"Vehicle to vehicle communication, the next step in roadway safety"  | Source: Houston Chronicle...
[ read full article ] - by Peter Appel (US DOT) at the Houston Chronicle web site

RITA ITS Strategic Research Plan Released  | Source: RITA...
[ read full article ] - RITA web site

"ODOT's new traffic monitoring system may ease stress of driving around Cleveland"  | Source: cleveland.com
The state's first traffic monitoring system could help ease the stress of driving in and around Cleveland with up-to-date information for motorists...
[ read full article ] - by Karen Farkas at cleveland.com

"Intelligent technologies promise greater road safety" by US Secr. of Transp. LaHood | Source: fastlane.gov blog
Secretary LaHood - invited speaker at ITSA 2010 in Houston- talks about the positive impact of ITS on transport safety...
[ more information ] - fastlane.gov blog

FHWA & ITS JPO hosting stakeholder workshop 5/25-26 in DC to help shape its long-range Road Weather Research Agenda | Source: ITS JPO
[ more information ] - ITS.dot.gov

Cool transit apps come down the pike as MTA loosens restrictions | Source: am New York blog
Imagine being able to find out exactly where a bus is see through a tweet on your phone? Or clicking to find out if they’ve finally fixed that busted escalator at your station?...
[ more information ] - am New York blog

High Tech for Cities: Neat Apps, Smart Strategies | Source: citiwire.net
What are the latest innovations — especially high tech “apps” — to make today’s cities succeed?...
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Western Kentucky Enhances Regional Transportation with ITS Technology | Source: Directions Magazine
To more efficiently manage the transit and human resource needs of Western Kentucky, four primary transportation providers in the region have joined to form in a cooperative effort and established Purchase Area Regional Transit (PART)....
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New Additions to ITSA Annual Meeting, May 3- 5 in Houston!
In conjunction with the ITS America Annual Meeting, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has decided to convene a USDOT Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Meeting to solicit the views of key stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of surface transportation programs. ITSA announced also other additions to the Annual Meeting program..
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ITE Engineer Shadowing Day July 15, 2010
Engineers are needed for the IL ITE Engineer Shadowing Day on July 15th, 2010....
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HEADS-UP: US DOT Secr. LaHood to Host Surface Transportation Reauthorization Meeting during ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston | Source: ITSA
ITS America announced that US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood will host a Surface Transportation Reauthorization Meeting during the ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo in Houston on May 5. Further details will be announced soon by ITSA...

Have an opinion on transportation policy issues? Read and Respond with ITS America | Source: ITSA
ITS America staff will review your feedback about posted reports, prepare a summary of all comments, and revise the documents and/or the ITS America response as appropriate. You can view a summary of all comments one week after the closing date...
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ODOT lights way for Ohio's "Solar Highways" of the Future | Source: Infrastructure Solutions Magazine
Harnessing the state’s emerging expertise in solar energy in Northwest Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with the University of Toledo (UT) to create the state’s first "solar highway" of the future....
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ITS Joint Program Office to host IntelliDriveSM Workshops | Source: IntelliDrive USA
The ITS JPO is working to set up a series of workshops that are open and free of charge. The workshops will be geared toward all interested parties in the automotive, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and other industries. The ITS JPO encourages participation by manufacturers, applications developers, and industry representatives. The ITS JPO anticipates participation by other meeting attendees such as academic researchers and state and local government representatives. A summary of the event will be made available to all interested parties for review and comment within three weeks after each event...
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Driver data - A Better Traffic Information System | Source: Telegram.com
A local startup company is teaming up with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to improve and expand the state's 511 traffic information line — at no cost to the state — so commuters can get real-time traffic updates for major highways on their cell phones...
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Japan and US lead in automotive telematics availability | Source: ITS International...
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PDF document"Moving Cooler" - An Operations and ITS Perspective by L.G. Neudorff | Source: Moving Cooler...
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Industry Review of the RFP for the Phase 2 IntelliDrive(SM) HOT Lane Operations Project | Source: IntelliDrive USA...
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Gas Fizzling - ITS are useful tools to weaken greenhouse-gas emissions  | Source: Roads & Bridges Mar. 2010 Vol. 48 No. 3...
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Transportation & Development Institute 1st Congress: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (due April 20)
The organizing committee of the 1st T&DI Congress would like to invite you to submit an abstract for the Congress....
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ITS JPO Strategic Research Plan Workshop (April 28-29, 2010)
The ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) invites you to attend a 2-day workshop to discuss areas where the JPO, University Transportation Centers(UTC), and other transportation research centers can collaborate as the new ITS Strategic Research Plan is implemented in the 2010-2014 timeframe...
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Indiana DOT uses Proxim Wireless for statewide ITS project | Source: Traffic Technology Today
Provider of indoor and outdoor wireless broadband ecosystems, Proxim Wireless Corporation, has announced that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has deployed an end-to-end Proxim wireless network for a statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The wireless network connects traffic and video components over hundreds of square miles throughout the northwest Indiana and Indianapolis areas....
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Letter to ITS Colleagues from Shelley Row | Source: RITA...
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FHWA/I-95 Corridor Coalition Report on Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. | Source: FHWA
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management and Operations, in conjunction with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, has released a White Paper on Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. Accompanying this White Paper is a summary of a Roundtable held to obtain advice from a group of national experts about potential multi-state institutional arrangements to improve freight corridor performance. This work is intended to serve as a background piece to help practitioners and policymakers think through solution sets....
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Mobility Services for All Americans (MSAA) Transportation Management Coordination Center (TMCC) Paducah, KY Grand Opening | Source: RITA
On March 12, 2010, four rural transit agencies in and around Paducah, Kentucky held a Grand Opening for their Travel Management Coordination Center (TMCC), as part of the Mobility Services for All Americans (MSAA) Initiative, a component of the USDOT-funded Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program...
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Kentucky launches travel management center | Source: Metro Magazine
With the opening of the Purchase Area Regional Transit’s (PART) Travel Management Coordination Center on March 12 in Paducah, K.Y., Western Kentucky riders will be able to reserve, manage and track their transportation with Paducah Area Transit System (PATS), Easter Seals West Kentucky, Fulton County Transit Authority and Murray-Calloway Transit Authority. All four transportation providers came together to form PART and are partners in the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) initiative.....
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Groundbreaking Travel Management Coordination Center Set To Open in Paducah | Source: MassTransitMag.com
On March 12th, a new era in travel management begins in Paducah, Ky., as Paducah Area Transit System (PATS), along with three other travel providers, opens the doors on the Purchase Area Travel Management Coordination Center for all of far Western Kentucky....
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Research Pays Off: Implementing a Winter Maintenance Decision Support System: Indiana Department of Transportation's Process, Success, and Savings | Source: TRB
Recently released TRB publication
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Portland is a "Smart City" | Source: ITS International....
The city of Portland has been presented with the "ITS America Smart City Award" in recognition of its deployment of ITS to address congestion, traffic safety and environmental problems. The award was presented to Susan Keil, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Peter Koonce, division manager of signals and street lighting, by ITS America president and CEO Scott Belcher during this week's Women's Transportation Seminar/ITS Oregon luncheon in Portland.
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Names ITS Advisory Committee Members | Source: RITA....
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has named the following candidates to serve on the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Advisory Committee, pursuant to Section 5305(h) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
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Intelligent Transportation Systems and Vehicle-Highway Automation 2009
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2129 includes 17 papers that explore vehicle reidentification algorithms, privacy preservation in intelligent transportation systems and the vehicle–infrastructure integration initiative, advanced traveler information systems deployment, dynamic message sign deployment and traveler diversion behavior, real-time detection of hazardous traffic events on freeways, and an automatic traffic conflict detection system...
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US lagging behind in ITS | Source: ITS International....
The United States is lagging behind other world leaders in the use of new technologies to address traffic congestion, CO2 emissions, traffic crashes, and other major challenges according to a report issued yesterday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
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"ITS report a wake-up call" by Scott Belcher....
Read the full article by Scott Belcher, CEO and President of ITS America on The Hill's Congress Blog. The article is a response to the "Explaining International IT Leadership: ITS" ITIF report.
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Find the Best ITS Job Opportunities on ITS America’s Online Career Center....
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) online Career Center is designed to help job seekers find the best job opportunities in the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry.
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Online Supplier Directory for ITS Industry Available from Intelligent Transportation Society of America....
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) launched the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Industry Source, a unique online search tool that will give its members and other industry stakeholders with quick access to an extensive directory of industry-specific products and services.
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ITS America Announces Call for Nominations for 2010 Board of Directors....
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is seeking recommendations for members to serve on the ITS America Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted with a brief biography or resume by February 19, 2010.
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Nominations for the 2010 Freight Academy Program (I-95 Corridor Coalition) are being accepted through January 29, 2010....
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ITS America Announces Call for Entries for “2010 Best of ITS Awards”....
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Upcoming CITE and FHWA Blended Courses (2010)....
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The January 2010 Issue of the ITSMW Newsletter is out!....
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Research and innovative technology administration releases ITS strategic plan
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration has released the new, five-year Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Research Plan...
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Presentations from 2009 Annual Meeting of ITS Midwest now available...
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New rules require better warnings of traffic delays - Source: USA Today...
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