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Monday, December 15, 2014

Vol. 66-2014-12-15

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COTA Activities During TRB 2015.
18th COTA Annual Winter Symposium - TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM EMPOWERED BY BIG DATA 18 Winter Symposium Call For Abstract.pdf
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
COTA will continue the traditional winter symposium for providing a platform for knowledge exchange and professional networking. Highly recognized professors and researchers from China and the U.S. will get together to discuss critical transportation issues and solutions in China. Coffee break is scheduled for networking opportunity. All is welcome.
COTA Annual Reception at the TRB 94th Annual Meeting.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:00PM - 10:00PM, Tony Cheng’s Seafood Restaurant, third floor, 619 H Street, NW • Washington, DC 20007.
Everyone is welcomed to join the great networking opportunity to meet COTA members and friends all around the world!

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Beijing Jiaotong University 2015 TRB Recruiting Event Announcement

Call for Abstracts: New Urbanization: Smart Growth and Sustainable Development - The 9th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference Chongqing, China, June 19-21, 2015 IACP CFA.pdf

China in Development

2015 ITS China Yearly Grand Ceremony, -- Beijing, January, 16, 2015.

2015 Intertraffic China, Shanghai, March 31 - April 2, 2015.

14th ITS Asia Pacific Forum, -- Nanjing, Jiangsu, April 27 - 29, 2015.

2015 Shanghai International Command and Control Technology and Equipment Exhibition, -- Shanghai, June 10 - 12, 2015.

2015 ITS Expro. (Shenzhen), -- Shenzhen, June 14 - 26, 2015.

2015 fifth session of Asia (Beijing) International Intelligent Traffic and road safety exhibition, -- Beijing, June 16 - 18, 2015.

CPSE 2015 - the 15th China Public Security Expro, -- Shenzhen, October 31 - November 1, 2015

Will "Big Data" become the healing of traffic congestion.

Planning guidance of of "smart city" for Quanzhou

Gaode's Q3 congestion report: Beijing is on the top

Analysis of ETC current and future status in China

"Cool-down" thinking of "hot spots" of ITS industrial

"Ali Cloud" is building "cloud brain" for intelligent parking

Deeply looking-and-feeling of inkNet 4.0

20 years in China, current and future of system integrators.

Logistics industrial development in China

"Big Data" challenges and trends

Plannning of new energy vehcile demonstration is difficult to be accomplished, due to different approches of various cities

China launches its first national traffic management website

Beijing welcomes overseas investors to help cure urban ills

General Motors China Signs Agreement to Study Vehicle Sharing with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

North America

Call for Abstracts: Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum, The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, January 23, 2015.

Call for papers: ITS America 25th Annual Meeting & Exposition, Deadline for New Submissions: Friday, February 6, 2015

Call for papers: 2015 National Rural ITS Conference, Deadline for Submissions: February 13, 2015

Call for Submissions: Transportation Association of Canada(TAC) Annual Meeting, -- Charlottetown, PEI, September 27 - 30, 2015.

Call for paper: IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference 2015, -- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 15 – 18 September 2015.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Plans for the Future of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Future of transportation discussed

No federal funds to help enforce Pa. ban on texting by drivers

Which States Have The Most Electric Vehicles? Map Shows Cleaner Cars Are Rolling Out In A Patchwork Of States

Transit Safety Retrofit Package (TRP): Leveraging DSRC for Transit Safety – Fielding Results and Lessons Learned
The USDOT and Battelle have released the latest findings and lessons learned from the Transit Safety Retrofit Package (TRP).
The TRP project aimed to design and develop safety applications for transit buses that can communicate using vehicle-to-vehicle as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure connected vehicle technologies for enhanced transit bus and pedestrian safety. The project was part of the USDOT's Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a large-scale field demonstration of the potential benefits of 5.9 GHz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) wireless technology that is supporting related decisions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Innovator, Vol. 8, Issue 45, Nov/Dec 2014

Review of Factors that Influence Extent of Transit-Oriented Development
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that evaluates the extent to which transit-oriented development has occurred near transit lines that receive federal funds, and factors that affect that development.

Examining Potential Travel Time Savings Benefits Due to Toll Rates That Vary by Lane
By assigning different toll rates to different lanes during peak traffic hours, the demand for each lane of a road can be optimized. Lanes with lower travel times charge higher toll rates which are paid by those drivers who have higher values of travel time (VTT) and who want to avoid congestion in the other lanes. Conversely, travel time for those drivers with lower values of travel times will increase as they select the lower priced and slower lanes. This research examines toll rates that minimize the total value of travel time spent on the road under such a scenario. The optimum toll rates are dependent on the total road volume and distribution of VTT. The results show that total saved value of travel time can easily reach 11% of the total value of time spent traveling on the lanes when compared to a toll road with a uniform toll rate for all lanes. These savings vary based on many factors including the number of travelers on urgent trips.

The Impact of Vehicular Networks on Urban Networks
ABSTRACT The objective of this paper is to study the impact of a vehicular network on a physical (road) network consisting of several intersections controlled by traffic lights. The vehicular network is considered to be a random graph superimposed on a regular Hamiltonian graph. The two graphs are connected by hyperlinks. The evolution of traffic at intersections given the existence of vehicular networks is measured by the method of reflective triangles.

Development of a Post-Processing Automation Procedure for the GPS-Based Travel Time Data Collection Technique
The travel time data collection method is used to assist the congestion management. The use of traditional sensors (e.g. inductive loops, AVI sensors) or more recent Bluetooth sensors installed on major roads for collecting data is not sufficient because of their limited coverage and expensive costs for installation and maintenance. Application of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in travel time and delay data collections is proven to be efficient in terms of accuracy, level of details for the data and required data collection of man-power. While data collection automation is improved by the GPS technique, human errors can easily find their way through the post-processing phase, and therefore data post-processing remains a challenge especially in case of big projects with high amount of data. This paper introduces a stand-alone post-processing tool called GPS Calculator, which provides an easy-to-use environment to carry out data post-processing. This is a Visual Basic application that processes the data files obtained in the field and integrates them into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for analysis and representation. The results show that this tool obtains similar results to the currently used data post-processing method, reduces the post-processing effort, and also eliminates the need for the second person during the data collection.

Highway administration selects MSU’s Western Transportation Institute to lead new centers

In D.C., buses will get priority with technology that holds lights at green

Protected bike lanes also help protect pedestrians... in so many ways

Blazing The Waze: FDOT Is The Traffic App’s First U.S. Partner

How GPS and smart card data is used to reduce city transport congestion

‘Big Data’ is Revolutionizing the Parking Industry

Uneven Pavement Ahead: Regional Planning for Connectivity in the U.S.

Volvo Is Making An 'Uncrashable' Driverless Car - Here's What To Expect From It


Call for Papers: mobil.TUM conference 2015, -- Abstract submission: January 4, 2015.

ConnecteDriver, -- Brussels, January 28 - 29, 2015.

Future Travel Experience Europe 2015, -- London, February 2 - 4 , 2015.

Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium 2015, -- Stuttgart, Germany, June, 17 - 18, 2015.

18th EURO Working Group on Transportation, Delft, The Netherlands, July, 14 – 16 2015.

Call for paper: 22nd ITS World Congress, Bordeaux, France, October 5 - 9, 2015.

BELGIUM: Delphi mulls zero fatalities scenario with autonomous driving

Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities

Listen: New gentle bus 'horn' which will alert pedestrians engrossed with their mobile phones

Transport Eurobarometer: congestion and maintenance are the major challenges for EU roads

Study Finds Traffic Forecasts Consistently Overestimating Congestion

New software solutions for streamlining maritime operations

Five-year business plan for England’s motorways and major A roads

Highways Agency sets out strategic business plan for Uk road network

Traffic Technology International, January 2015.

Public Works: Lessons From Stockholm’s Traffic Tax

Australia & New Zealand

2016 Asia Pacific Student Excellence Scholarship Program

23rd ITS World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, October 10 - 14, 2016.

Safety report a milestone for cycling says NZ Transport Agency


Call for Papers: 2015 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, -- Seoul, Korea, June 28 – July 1, 2015,

Ho Chi Minh City has potential to generate US$1.4 billion by investing in ITS, says new report

Career Opportunities

Faculty job in US: tenure-tracked faculty position, Transportation Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Faculty job in US: tenure-tracked faculty position, Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington

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