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New York Building Congress Urges New York Officials to Maximize Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Package

Building Congress Advocates Immediate Steps by Governor and Mayor to Identify and Prioritize Projects and Ensure They Are Shovel Ready

NEW YORK, December 8, 2008 – The New York Building Congress, a coalition of design, construction and real estate leaders, today urged Governor David A. Paterson and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to lead a comprehensive and immediate effort to ensure New York gets a fair share of anticipated federal infrastructure investments and puts the money to work quickly to rebuild its aging infrastructure, including its transit network, schools, highways and electrical grid.
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Westwood One’s Metro Traffic and Traffic Land Create Exclusive Partnership to Bring Leading Edge Video Traffic Information System to US Broadcasters

Nation’s largest traffic incident reporting systems will integrate real-time 24/7 traffic video, offering most advanced and accurate traffic information via television, radio and the Internet

New York, NY - December 22, 2008 --Westwood One, Inc. (WWON.OB) today announced a multi-year strategic partnership with TrafficLand, Inc. to combine TrafficLand’s 24/7 live traffic video systems - which aggregate nearly 5,000 traffic cameras - with the nation’s largest and most experienced team of traffic reporters to create the most comprehensive, accurate and reliable traffic information system available.  The partnership will allow Westwood One’s Metro Traffic system to integrate TrafficLand’s video systems into its incident reports, alerts, traffic speed and flow updates, and offer better alternative routing suggestions.  In addition to adding the traffic video to its information base, Metro Traffic becomes the exclusive representative of the TrafficLand services to broadcasters for their radio, television and Internet offerings with on-demand user applications to be made available in the future. As part of the transaction, Westwood One has also negotiated the right to purchase at its option 100% of the stock of TrafficLand in 2009.

“No other company offers such a powerful combination of ways to solve daily traffic problems in real time,” said Steve Kalin, President, Metro Traffic.  “The addition of TrafficLand’s real-time traffic video, available in many major markets and growing, with our existing incident and traffic data, creates the most robust, reliable, and comprehensive traffic information offering in the marketplace.”

TrafficLand is already the largest authorized single-source of on-demand traffic video information in the country, with access to over 5,000 traffic video cameras in 48 MSAs today.   The traffic video is aggregated in real time from dozens of camera networks throughout the U.S. and then distributed over the Internet to commuters, broadcast media, and other Internet service providers, as well as federal, state and local government agencies. TrafficLand’s proprietary technology packages video feeds for both large-scale consumer and enterprise applications.

“TrafficLand takes traffic reporting to the next level in an on-demand world,” said Larry Nelson, TrafficLand’s Founder and CEO.  “With live, real-time 24/7 video, users can make more informed decisions about their daily commutes, business deliveries, and other travel plans.  And as we add more cameras in more communities, we are providing Metro Traffic with even more ways to help solve everyday traffic problems.”

“Westwood One’s Metro Traffic is committed to solving customer’s needs through innovative products and services,” said Jonathan Marshall, EVP, Business Affairs and Strategic Development for Westwood One. “With our more than 1,000 experienced traffic experts nationwide, TrafficLand’s video feeds from over 5,000 cameras, plus breakthrough cellular technology for traffic speed and flow data, we and our affiliates can provide consumers with up-to-the-minute traffic solutions they can’t get anywhere else.”


Newark Liberty To Test Cutting-Edge Satellite Navigation Technology To Help Reduce Delays

Next Generation Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) to use global positioning data to pinpoint aircraft positions, rather than Old Generation radar

Newark Liberty International Airport will become the nation’s first major hub to test a new satellite navigation technology to help reduce flight delays, under an agreement approved today by the Port Authority’s board of commissioners.

The technology, called Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS), will help reduce air-traffic control congestion at Newark Liberty by increasing navigational precision compared with traditional radar-based systems. Essentially, planes using GBAS will be able to fly closer together and land more efficiently, without reducing safety.

Such a program will benefit Newark Liberty, which has been plagued for years by congestion and has consistently ranked near the bottom of the nation’s busiest airports in terms of on-time arrivals.

Testing the GBAS technology is part of the Port Authority’s Flight Delay Task Force’s recommendations for alleviating congestion at Newark Liberty and its two other major airports, John F. Kennedy International and La Guardia.
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6% Preference For Gas Tax Over Toll Hike In Massachusetts - Opinion Poll

Posted Sun, 2008-12-21 19:10 -- Proving the adage that all politics is local a new opinion poll in Massachusetts suggests greater public support for hiking the gasoline tax than tolls.
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New York State DOT Launches 511 System

ALBANY, NY, December 1, 2009 – Intelligent Transportation Society of America member New York State Department of Transportation has activated their new 511 phone and Web service for the New York metropolitan region. This area includes the New York Metro, Hudson Valley and Long Island calling regions. We will be entering the beta phase of our upstate system next month with the official roll-out occurring on or before January 1, 2009.
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Sensis Increases Hiring Outlook

Existing and Pending Contracts Create More Than 80 Jobs

EAST SYRACUSE, NY – December 24, 2008 – As a result of a number of new contracts, and in anticipation of near-term contract awards, Sensis is aggressively hiring innovative, highly skilled systems, software, integration and test engineers, and program managers.

Sensis has grown exponentially over the last 23 years due to its dedicated workforce. This dynamic team is focused on delivering innovative, advanced solutions to our air traffic control, defense and security customers around the world, including:

  • ASDE-X, one of the FAA’s most critical runway safety programs being deployed to 35 airports across the U.S.
  • Runway Status Lights, a recent FAA initiative to further reduce the risk on runway incursions
  • Simulation and modeling that will help shape the U.S. FAA’s NextGen air traffic control initiative
  • G/ATOR, a mission-critical radar program to support U.S. troops deployed overseas
  • In addition to key air traffic surveillance modernization, personnel protection (e.g. anti-Improvised Explosive Devices) and radar upgrade programs.

These programs, as well as pending awards, will allow Sensis to substantially grow its business and with that, its need for talented individuals.

For more information about open positions across the U.S. and to apply online, please visit http://www.sensis.com/careers/.


McKissack+Delcan Joint Venture Wins the Independent Engineering Services Contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the State of New York

NEW YORK, NY, December 17, 2008 – The McKissack+Delcan Joint Venture is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Independent Engineering Consultant (IEC) Services contract for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the State of New York. The term of the project is a three-year contract with four one-year extension options.
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BTS Releases Third-Quarter 2008 System Airline Financial Data; Network Airlines Report Fourth Consecutive Quarterly Loss Margin
The six largest network airlines, as a group, reported an operating loss margin of 5.8 percent in the third quarter of 2008, the fourth consecutive quarterly loss margin since the group reported a profit margin in the third quarter of 2007, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported today in a release of preliminary data. 

A news release summarizing the data is available at www.dot.gov/affairs/briefing.htm.  Additional airline financial data can be found later today on the BTS website at TranStats, the Intermodal Transportation Database, at http://transtats.bts.gov.  Click on “aviation,” then on “Air Carrier Financial Reports (Form 41 Financial Data),” then click on “Schedule P-12.”



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