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Monday, December 29, 2014

Vol. 67-2014-12-29

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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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Xian Jiaotong University Recruiting Announcement|Application Form

Tongji University 2015 TRB Recruiting Event Announcement

Beijing Jiaotong University 2015 TRB Recruiting Event Announcement

Call for papers: Special Issue in Accident Analysis & Prevention (Topic: Traffic Safety in China: Challenges and Countermeasures)

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

Alipay and Intelligent Transportation

"Big Data" and emisssion monitoring system

Will the "Big Data" is able to solve the traffic congestion

2014 10 top news in public sefety & security

Survey of 2014 traffic signal control systems and devices usage

Analyzing BAT's connected vehicle strategies

Comparison of ETC systems of China and Japan

Parking guidance system development in intelligence and high resolution

2015 development trends of connected vehicle market in China

Releasing of smart city development blue book and top 100 ranking index

Dezhou is building ITS & traffic sefety monitoring system

First day of ETC internetworking of 14 proviences is running well

Government will not manage the technology planning directly

Reviewing of 2014 smart city development in China

Data explaining the "Suzhou experinces" of urban traffic

Congestion releasing: green light of ITS

Cloud based ITS apps in Hangzhou

Chongqing launches "Pedestrain crossing intelligent monitoring system"

First (2014) Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen metropolitan transportation annual meeting

China offers billions to subsidise electric cars on gas

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 Presentations and Poster: First International Conference on Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Event, -- Washington, D.C., September 16 - 18, 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.

Federal Funding Bill Clears DOT Spending, Includes $500 Million 2015 TIGER Program

TCRP Annual Report of Progress 2014
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released its annual report, which provides background and an overview of the program, status of each of TCRP’s projects, and a summary of some of the program's accomplishments.

Aligning Data Systems to Communicate with Decision Makers: A Peer Exchange
TRB’s Transportation Research Circular E-C191: Aligning Data Systems to Communicate with Decision Makers: A Peer Exchange summarizes a conference held in in Miami, Florida, on April 26–27, 2014, in conjunction with the 10th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management. The peer exchange, organized by TRB, focused on communicating with decision makers on transportation asset management, economic development opportunities, and system performance.

Best Practices for Road Condition Reporting Systems

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Synopsis of Connected Vehicles Pilot Deployment Program
Connected vehicle research is being sponsored by the USDOT and others to leverage the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener. These efforts have resulted in a considerable body of research that is now in hand to support pilot deployments. Building on the collective body of connected vehicle research, the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program seeks operational deployments of connected vehicle applications that synergistically capture and utilize new forms of connected vehicle and mobile device data to improve multimodal surface transportation system performance and enable enhanced performance-based systems management. The overall objective of Phase 1 is to set the stage for a connected vehicle pilot deployment that has an observable measureable near-term impact, deployed on-time, and within budget.

MOBILE DEVICES: Federal Agencies’Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services

Review of Federal and Transit Agencies Efforts to Build Transit Systems' Resilience
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that examines how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Transportation help transit agencies make their systems resilient and actions that transit agencies take to make their systems resilient.

Evaluation of the Accuracy and Automation of Travel Time and Delay Data Collection Methods
Travel time and delay are among the most important measures for gauging a transportation system’s performance. To address the growing problem of congestion in the US, transportation planning legislation mandated the monitoring and analysis of system performance and produced a renewed interest in travel time and delay studies. The use of traditional sensors installed on major roads (e.g. inductive loops) for collecting data is necessary but not sufficient because of their limited coverage and expensive costs for setting up and maintaining the required infrastructure. The GPS-based techniques employed by the University of Delaware have evolved into an automated system, which provides more realistic experience of a traffic flow throughout the road links. However, human error and the weaknesses of using GPS devices in urban settings still have the potential to create inaccuracies. By simultaneously collecting data using three different techniques, the accuracy of the GPS positioning data and the resulting travel time and delay values could be objectively compared for automation and statistically compared for accuracy. It was found that the new technique provided the greatest automation requiring minimal attention of the data collectors and automatically processing the data sets. The data samples were statistically analyzed by using a combination of parametric and nonparametric statistical tests. This analysis greatly favored the GeoStats GPS method over the rest methods.

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.

Development of a Post-Processing Automation Procedure for the GPS-Based Travel Time Data Collection Technique

Your bike and your smartphone become one with this Kickstarter connected bike system

Mobility-as-a-service: Turning transportation into a software industry

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: Smartphone parking apps lining up in Boston

Tollway testing apps to give travel info, pay tolls by phone

Even with speed cameras off, no pedestrians injured in school zones

A Global Rise in Bus Rapid Transit: 2004 – 2014

Chart of the Day: Miles Driven vs. Fatality Rates – Does driving cause traffic fatalities?

What’s in Store for the Connected Car in 2015 – Hopefully not just another Apple/Google Year!

Should car companies build their own wireless networks?

Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources

6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-driving Car

Real Time Communications, LBS & Contextual Offers to Drive 'Intelligent' Connected Car Services in 2015, Says Airbiquity


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.

Call for papers: 4th Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation, -- Copenhagen, Denmark, September 9 - 11 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.

Commission adopts new rules to improve EU-wide traffic information services for road users

Dutch launch 'intelligent bicycle' that warns of danger

New Report Reveals Trends in Wi-Fi, Social and Mobile at Europe's Airports

Zero-emissions house charges itself and your car

Station Infrastructure in the Netherlands - a 2014 visual review

High-Speed Railways: Present Situation and Future Prospects
Departing from the present situation, this paper attempts to highlight future prospects of high-speed railways. A panorama of high-speed lines worldwide is first given and the limits of a further increase of rail speeds are surveyed. It is explained that rail high speeds are feasible only for large population concentrations. The impact of high speeds on the reduction of travel times is studied. It is established a causal relationship between rail share and reduced travel times. Diversities concerning technical characteristics from one system to another are emphasized together with differences in construction costs from one case to another.

The Accuracy Analysis of Measurement Tools for Traffic Accident Investigation

Australia & New Zealand

Call for Demonstrations: 23rd ITS World Congress

Peak Car Use and the Rise of Global Rail: Why This Is Happening and What It Means for Large and Small Cities
The 21st century promises some dramatic changes—some expected, others surprising. One of the more surprising changes is the dramatic peaking in car use and an associated increase in the world’s urban rail systems. This paper sets out what is happening with the growth of rail, especially in the traditional car dependent cities of the US and Australia, and why this is happening, particularly its relationship to car use declines. It provides new data on the plateau in the speed of urban car transportation that supports rail’s increasing role compared to cars in cities everywhere, as well as other structural, economic and cultural changes that indicate a move away from car dependent urbanism. The paper suggests that the rise of urban rail is a contributing factor in peak car use through the relative reduction in speed of traffic compared to transit, especially rail, as well as the growing value of dense, knowledge-based centers that depend on rail access for their viability and cultural attraction. Finally, the paper suggests what can be done to make rail work better based on some best practice trends in large cities and small car dependent cities.


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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