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    Transportation Communications Newsletter Friday, September 1, 2000 -- ISSN: 1529-1057 ... **Monday is Labor/Labour Day in the United States and Canada,
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      Transportation Communications Newsletter
      Friday, September 1, 2000  --  ISSN: 1529-1057

      **Monday is Labor/Labour Day in the United States and Canada, therefore the Transportation Communications Newsletter will not be published.  We'll be back on Tuesday.  Have a great weekend!**
      1) United Nations Millennium Summit Brings Traffic Problems To New York City
      It's tough enough when one head of state comes to visit, but multiply that by more than 150 and you get an idea while lies ahead for the Big Apple and its transportation system next week.  Below are a number of links which give an idea of what plans are being made.
      New York City Police - Traffic Control Division
      View Mayor Rudolph Giuiani's News Conference Announcing City Plans For The Summit
      Official United Nations Information For Millennium Summit
      News Story From The Associated Press/WCBS (New York, New York)
      2) September ITS America News Available Online
      Link to the September edition:
      3) Puerto Rico Issues RFP For Highway Surveillance System
      Link to RFP through ITS America:
      4) Texas Sets Wireless Number For Non-Emergency Calls
      Link to story in the Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas):
      5) Oregon DOT Promotes Drive Safely Work Week
      Link to agency news release:
      6) AAA Carolinas Urges Cell Phone Ban
      Link to story from UPI:
      Link to AAA Carolinas news release:
      6) Guangzhou, China Plans To Upgrade To Intelligent Card Fare System
      Link to story from China Daily (Beijing, China):
      7) New York Governor Vetoes 911 Wireless Bill
      Counties not obliged to handle 911 calls.
      Link to story WCBS (New York, New York)/The Associated Press:
      8) Satsafe Announces Partnership Agreement With Nokia And Wireless Carrier Europolitan AB
      Unique SMS/wireless solution to be launched in the European logistics market.
      [company news release]
      9) Delaware DOT Prepared For Labor Day Traffic
      Traffic management center, real-time traffic cameras, traveler advisory radio to help holiday traffic flow smoothly.
      [agency news release]
      10) North Carolina DOT Bolsters Public Involvement Program with Project Web Sites
      Citizens can now access specific project information online.
      [agency news release]
      Web Site of the Day: ERTICO
      ERTICO is a public/private partnership for intelligent transport systems in Europe.  Playing a role similar to the one ITS America takes on in the United States, ERTICO has information on a number of ITS initiatives in Europe.  Also available is general background information on ITS, again from a European perspective.  Especially helpful is a lengthy listing of European ITS success stories.  If you're not sure what NADICS, HAMLET 2 or PASSO are, this part of the Web site will fill you in.
      8) Satsafe Announces Partnership Agreement With Nokia And Wireless Carrier Europolitan AB
      Unique SMS/wireless solution to be launched in the European logistics market.
      STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- September 1, 2000 -- Swedish-based Satsafe, Nokia, and Swedish wireless service provider
      Europolitan AB today signed a partnership agreement which will make a new Short Messaging Service-based (SMS) solution available to track, position and administrate trucks and goods in transit.
      The Satsafe platform is a combination of GPS (Global Positioning System) and virtually any wireless communications network, including the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), prevalent in Europe, and the Personal
      Communications System (PCS), the most common standard in the United States.  Through an Application Programming Interface (API), Satsafe devices deliver continuous updates on both position and condition of goods in transit.
      Satsafe can now provide a cost-effective, complete SMS/wireless solution for the logistics and transportation market. The system enables positioning and tracking of vehicles by using GPS technology, as well as monitoring of the driver via various alarm systems from Securitas, SOS Alarm, and Falck Group 4.
      Satsafe's system can also administrate invoicing, traffic planning etc. purely through mobile data communications. The solution enables trucking companies and road carriers to track their entire business from loading to delivery.
      Europolitan's GSM network will support customers using the Satsafe platform, with the Nokia 9110 PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) providing invoicing and traffic planning.
      Drivers can easily communicate with customers by entering traffic updates straight into the Nokia 9110 PDA. The data is transmitted through the Europolitan network to the transportation company's central computer, which automatically provides updates about the drivers' and the trucks' status.
      " Through this partnership, Satsafe can offer very inexpensive and highly efficient SMS/wireless solutions for logistics and transportation companies.  We can offer the customer a user-friendly application in which the Nokia 9110 cell phone acts as a multifunctional device for administrative support, such as invoicing, e-mailing, faxing, and phone calls ", said Peter Hjorth, a Vice President of Satsafe.
      About Satsafe:
      Satsafe MLS AB, with an unofficial listing on the HQ Tech Market, was founded in 1998 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Following the acquisition of MobiSafe in Spring 2000, Satsafe became the largest player within in the market for mobile communication and positioning in Sweden. Satsafe uses GPS, GSM and the Internet as its core technology. Key market segments include transportation and mobile support organizations. The company has customers in Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Baltic region and Russia. Satsafe's goal is to become the leading system and service provider within the MLS sector (Mobile Location Services) in Europe and North America. Investors include Core Ventures, Emerging Technologies and Arkwright Capital Partners. For more information on Satsafe, visit the company's website at http://www.satsafe.com.
      About Europolitan AB:
      Europolitan AB is a Swedish GSM carrier that prioritizes service and quality. The company is headquarted in Karlskrona, Sweden. Europolitan is a leader in the field of technically advanced services for GSM900/1800. The Europolitan Group, which also includes Europolitan AB's sister company Europolitan Stores AB and the quoted parent company, Europolitan Holdings AB, employs around 800 people. 
      9) Delaware DOT Prepared For Labor Day Traffic
      Traffic management center, real-time traffic cameras, traveler advisory radio to help holiday traffic flow smoothly.
      DOVER, Delaware -- August 31, 2000 -- The Delaware Department of Transportation will be on the road, in the air, on the air, and working around-the-clock this Labor Day weekend to ensure safe and convenient travel for motorists on the State’s roadways.
      The traditional "End-of-Summer" Holiday will be served by several new weapons in the war against traffic congestion that have been working well throughout the season. The newest section of State Route 1 between the C & D Canal and Odessa, has handled summer traffic flows exceptionally well, and should provide relief from traditional Route 13 "choke-points" at Boyd’s Corner and Route 299 in Odessa. The Department’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) is staffed 24-hours per day and provides continuous state-wide monitoring of traffic flow and operations. WTMC-1380AM is on the air and can be heard throughout New Castle, Kent and Sussex County’s with real-time traffic information. Recent upgrades to the real-time traffic camera system have raised the total number of camera locations that can be viewed on the Department website to 32. New Castle county has a total of 20 cameras operating, and Kent and Sussex have six each.
      DelDOT crews are prepared to handle many types of traffic conditions. Up to two-dozen Summer Traffic Patrol units will be in operation simultaneously during peak travel times Friday through Monday. The Traffic Patrol units are on the lookout for any incidents that could cause traffic delays like accidents, signal problems, or vehicles that have broken down. All units are equipped to assist motorists who encounter breakdown troubles.
      Traffic Patrol units will operate on Routes 1, 13, 896, 71, and 9 in New Castle County. In Kent County, Routes 1 and 13 will be monitored. Roads monitored in Sussex County include Route 1, Route 16, Routes 13 and 404 in the Bridgeville area, and Route 113 from Milford to Selbyville. A Cessna 182 airplane will also be used to view traffic conditions across the state during peak AM and PM travel times throughout the weekend.
      The Delaware Transit Corporation will cease operations of the eight transit routes in the beach areas serving the Rehoboth Boardwalk, Dewey Beach, Lewes, and the Long Neck area on September 4. Hours of operation are from 7 am to 2:30 am daily. The new Coastal Connection route serving the Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island area and linking passengers with Ocean City, MD transit at 144th Street will also end on September 4. Cost for a daily transit pass is $2, and all day parking at the Rehoboth Park & Ride lot is $5, which includes a daily transit pass for all of the vehicles’ occupants.
      "Bucket-lanes" will be used at the I-95 toll plaza to help reduce delays starting Friday, and continue through Monday during the day and evening. All toll lanes will be staffed throughout the four days. On State Route 1, the Dover and Biddle's Corner plazas will have all lanes in operation starting Friday. They will remain open except overnight when they will be reduced based on need.
      Major efforts will be made to adjust the signal timing of traffic lights statewide from the TMC to provide smooth traffic flow. Information gathered by the Traffic Patrol units and the observations of the staff in the plane will be used by the TMC to determine the best signal adjustment priorities. DelDOT will also cease all construction operations and clear work zones on major north/south roadways by 12 noon on Friday, September 1. Operations will not resume northbound until after 12 noon on Tuesday, September 5.
      Motorists should check the Travel Advisory section of the DelDOT website for updated travel related information and live video of traffic conditions at www.deldot.net, the DART First State resort transit service website at www.beachbus.com or tune to 1380AM radio for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions. DelDOT also reminds travelers to drive safely, allow for extra time to reach your destination, obey traffic laws, and always wear your safety belts this Labor Day weekend.
      10) North Carolina DOT Bolsters Public Involvement Program with Project Web Sites
      Citizens can now access specific project information online.
      RALEIGH, North Carolina -- August 31, 2000 -- The N.C. Department of Transportation recently introduced the first of several websites devoted to major proposed transportation projects throughout the state. Citizens can now access websites for the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass, U.S. 321 improvements in Blowing Rock and Raleigh Outer Loop in Wake County.
      The department is creating the websites in response to an increased number of citizen inquiries about some of the larger proposed projects throughout the state.
      "This is going to be a useful new tool for citizens and valuable addition to our public involvement program," said State Transportation Secretary David McCoy. "Putting our projects online allows us to get more detailed information to citizens in a quicker, more efficient manner. This in turn gives citizens a chance to follow the status of the process-and to give us their comments on proposed plans."
      The department has an extensive public involvement program that shares project plans and information with citizens via local public meetings. These new websites will enhance this process by allowing concerned citizens the ability to access specific project status information such as newsletters, meeting notices or maps of proposed alternatives from their home or office. Citizens may also email their concerns or questions directly to the project engineer.
      Plans are underway to create interactive websites for other proposed projects including the Western Wake Freeway in Wake County, U.S. 74 Relocation in Union County, N.C. 12 on the Outer Banks, and the Elizabeth Brady Freeway in Orange County. The U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass, U.S. 321 Improvements and Raleigh Outer Loop websites can be accessed at www.dot.state.nc.us by clicking on "NCDOT Project Websites." 
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      Bernie Wagenblast, at i95berniew@....    © 2000                                  1566
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