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Monday, October 21, 2013.

Vol. 36-2013-10-21

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - The 17th COTA Annual Winter Symposium - Abstract Submission Deadline: December 9, 2013.
The 17th COTA Annual Winter Symposium will discuss critical issues in technology development and application, research and education that promote safe, sustainable, efficient, and equitable transportation development in response to the rapid urbanization. The Symposium is aimed to provide a forum for transportation professionals from different countries and regions to share their research results, project experiences, and lessons learned. Researchers, educators, practitioners, government officials are encouraged to participate in the Symposium.

Presentation abstracts are limited to one page and must include title and speaker information (name, affiliation, mailing address, email, phone, and fax). Session proposals should be limited to two pages including session themes and speakers. Abstracts and proposals should be written in English.

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Deadline: 5 pm, US Eastern Time December 9, 2013, Monday

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China in Development

EU-China Exhibition on Urban Development, –- Beijing, China, November 20-23, 2013.

The 7th Asia (Beijing) International Content Networking Exhibition, -- Beijing, China, March 4 - 6, 2014.

CITS 2014, -- Shaghai, China, April 10 - 12, 2013.

Xi'an Intelligent traffic safety technology & Application Exhibition 2014, -- Xi'an, May 9 - 11, 2014.

Living interview: "Beijing ITS Action Plan" from Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport

Discussion on ITS integrated information platform in China

New standards for rail transport safety monitoring and management.

North America

T3 Webinar Overview - Using ITS to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program, October 30, 2013.

The 2nd International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo (ICCVE 2013), -- Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2-6, 2013.

An Integrated Framework for Modeling Freight Mode and Route Choice
The Maryland State Highway Administration has released a report that presents a methodology to determine freight mode choice for use in the statewide travel demand modeling.

Data Exchange Format Specification and companion Guide
The Data Exchange Format Specification (DXFS) helps in the development of interoperable real-time traffic and travel information within and among public agencies, as well as with private entities to establish Real-Time System Management Information Programs (RTSMIP) by establishing a standards-based specification of key RTSMIP interfaces. The DXFS can be used to define the information exchanges across a system-to-system interface, helping the interoperability of systems. A companion document is the Guide on how to use the DXFS for specifying implementation of RTSMIP at a State or regional level.

Transit Bus Operator Distraction Policies
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 108: Transit Bus Operator Distraction Policies is designed to help transit agencies develop policies and programs to address and prevent distracted driving incidents.

Guide for Highway Capacity and Operations Analysis of Active Transportation and Demand Management Strategies
This Guide provides a conceptual analysis framework, recommended measures of effectiveness, and an initial recommended methodology for evaluating the impacts of Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) strategies on highway and street system demand, capacity, and performance. The Guide presents practitioners with methods to analyze the varying demand and capacity conditions that facilities operate under and methods to apply a limited but broad set of transportation management actions to respond to those conditions Thus, the methodology represents, in a macroscopic sense, the effects of ATDM at a level suitable for planning and investment decision-making but not real-time operations. This Guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) for the planning, programming, and design of ATDM measures.

UMTRI report analyzes real-time traffic capabilities of personal navigation devices, phone apps

UB-led team receives $1.4M grant to mine 'big data' for transportation improvements

Future Mobility Demand in Megaregions: A National Study with a Focus on the Gulf Coast
The Southwest Region University Transportation Center has released a report that presents an approach for using aggregate data to estimate future passenger and freight mob ility demand in a megaregion.

New warning system could improve work-zone safety

Capital beltway toll express lanes traffic and revenue grows in 3rd quarter of operation but growth slower!

495 Express Lanes went to financing in 2010 with boom-time forecasts from mid-decade - huge $-shortfall now!

Metro staff report refines the alternatives for East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor

Infographic: Wiring The Nation’s Highways – Rise of the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the United States!


Compass4D Workshop "ITS for a more sustainable city", -- Verona, Italy, November 4, 2013.!

13th International Conference Intelligent Transportation Systems Telecommunications (ITST-2013), -- Tampere, Finland, November 5 - 7, 2013.

ITS Conference 2013 - "Triggering ITS deployment", -- Brussels, December 02, 2013.

2013 Annual Polis Conference, -- Brussels, December 4 - 5, 2013.

European Conference on Human Centred Design for ITS, -- Vienna, Austra, June 6 - 6, 2014.!

Transports 2014 Publics - The European Mobility Exhibition, -- Paris, France, June 10 - 12, 2014.

Elsevier announces the launch of a new journal: Transportation Geotechnics

Rail safety: Commission welcomes significant progress achieved at Transport Council

Guest Post: The RMT – Data-driven Intelligent Transportation Idea from Italy

On-demand Transit System Summons Buses via An App.

NCAP won't test collision-avoidance systems on cyclists

Australia & New Zealand

Innovative Rail Crossing Technology Will Save Lives

Middle East

17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition Riyadh, -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 9 - 13, 2013.

Winning the hearts and minds of GCC public transport users!

Speed limiters keep Abu Dhabi buses under 100kph but driver training still key!


2nd Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG), -- Agra, India, December 12-15 2013.

Building ‘Traffic Pakistan’ and the problem with start-ups

COTA Call for Paticipation

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