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News: 2006 Archived News Items

ITS in the News (2006)

Illinois Pulls Plug on Internet Access at Rest Areas
Only one company submitted a proposal.
[ more information ] on the Pantagraph.com website

AASHTO, ITE, and NEMA Release Five New NTCIP Standards
for presentation layers and device data dictionaries.
[ more information, file in PDF format, 41KB ] on the National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) website

New Data Reveal America's Traffic Congestion Getting Worse
According to the newly released "Highway Statistics 2005" on the FHWA website, Americans drove nearly three trillion miles on American highways last year.
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RSS Feeds from ITS Midwest now available
It is now possible to subscribe to ITS Midwest as an RSS feed, which will keep you up to date with the latest additions to the ITS Midwest news headlines.
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2006 Annual Meeting: Presentations now Available!
The presentations featured at the 11th Annual Meeting on Feb. 7th 2006 in Chicago are now available for downloading.
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Chicago Using Technology to Make Streets Safe for Pedestrians
Officers and cameras will be on lookout to protect pedestrians
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Campaign pushes car-less commute.
The Chicago area's major transportation agencies announced a new public awareness campaign Thursday to provide commuters with an easier and more comprehensive way to find alternatives to driving to work.
[ more information ] on Chicago Tribune website

Internet Coming to Illinois Interstates: Illinois DOT plans Wi-Fi at rest stops
[ more information ] on The State Journal-Register website

RAIL~VOLUTION Chicago 2006 Conference Presentations
As a local sponsor for RAIL~VOLUTION, ITS Midwest is pleased to offer the link to the conference papers.
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Illinois Tollway to be One Phone Call Away
Agency consolidating myriad customer service numbers to one toll-free number.
[ more information ] on Daily Southtown website

Navteq Announces Agreement to Acquire The Map Network
NAVTEQ has agreed to acquire The Map Network, a privately-held Washington DC based producer of official maps for travel destinations, special events and major hotels and marquee venues.
[ more information ] on NAVTEQ website

New U.S. DOT Congestion Web Site
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has launched a new Web site "Fight Gridlock Now" focused on its congestion initiative. On the site, there are links to recent presentations and valuable materials regarding the initiative. Documents include:  "U.S. DOT's Congestion Initiative: Unleashing Private Sector Investment Resources", "A Response to the Crisis of Urban Congestion: U.S. DOT's Urban Partnership Agreement", and "An Overview of the National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America's Transportation Network".
[ Fight Gridlock Now ]

National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission Announces New Upcoming Field Hearings around US
The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission is holding field hearings around the country, including Chicago.
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Shelley Row is the new Program Director of the JPO
FHWA has announced the selection of Ms. Shelley J. Row to head the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO).
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ITS reduces delays from incidents
Freeway service patrol programs that enlist full-time support reduce incident duration by 15 to 30 percent over programs with part-time staff.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2006 - 2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its strategic plan for fiscal years 2006-2011.
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Indiana Toll Road Expected to Have Electronic Tolls by September
[ more information ] on South Bend Tribune website

"ITS Market Data & Forecast: Infrastructure ITS" Now Available
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America is pleased to announce the availability of "ITS Market Data & Forecast: Infrastructure ITS"- the first in a series of ITS market data and forecast reports published by ITS America, estimating the current size and two-year forecasts of the ITS market by region and for the entire U.S. specific to Infrastructure ITS.
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NAVTEQ to Acquire Traffic.com
NAVTEQ has agreed to acquire Traffic.com, a leading provider of personalized traffic information in the U.S. Traffic.com also has unique technology and expertise to deliver content to a wide variety of customers in multiple industries.
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IDOT announces free Illinois Traffic Alert System
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and its partner The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have developed the Illinois Traffic Alert System. It allows you to receive customized traffic reports by email or text message.
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The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Initiative
Vehicle-infrastructure integration (VII) has been a hot topic in the ITS arena for the past three years. The central thought behind VII is that it creates an infrastructure for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure intelligent communications
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ITS Midwest holds 2006 annual meeting in Chicago
ITS Midwest held its 11th Annual Meeting on February 7th in Chicago at the Doubletree Guest Suites hotel. This year, the event was held back-to-back with the ITS America national workshop on Electronic Payment Systems (EPS), which took place the next day
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Lake County Transportation Management Center officially opens
Lake County celebrated the completion of a key component of its intelligent transportation system when the Transportation Management Center (TMC) officially opened in February
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The Interstate System celebrates its 50th anniversary
with a cross-country convoy that retraces the trip that changed America
[ more information ] on FHWA website

Improving freight flow in the GCM corridor
With input from motor carrier associations, the GCM Corridor coalition has developed a plan to reduce the impacts of congestion on tollways and expressways in the corridor
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