Transportation headlines, Monday, August 22

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

2013 transportation funding may be cut 10% below 2011 levels (Transportation Issues Daily)

Federal agencies will soon begin drafting their 2013 budgets.  Last week they were directed by the White House to prepare a 5% cut and a 10% cut budget for their 2013 discretionary funding request, using the 2011 budget as a baseline. What might this mean for transportation?

Engineer will measure vehicle emissions on So Cal highways (UC-Riverside press release)

A University of California, Riverside assistant professor of engineering has received a  grant from the UC Transportation Center to build a portable device, install it on test vehicles and use it to map real-time particulate matter concentrations on Southern California highways.  The study will focus on particulate  matter concentrations, which are increasingly implicated in human death and illness. 

How wireless devices are being used to fight traffic (MSNBC)

A massive wall of video screens displays real-time images from a network of cameras, while employees look at a million points of data on their own computers. It’s Houston’s other mission control, and they’ve now got a new tool to combat congestion: your Bluetooth device.