In This Issue
New Transportation Secretary
KYSITE Safety Corner
Fourth of July Safety
Transportation Perspectives
Weird Signs?
Amazing Roads 9
Summer Vacation Results
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
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The Changing Face of Transportation:

Independence Day Edition


Happy Independence Day! 

We featured text from the Declaration of Indepedence last year and feel that it is worthy of another feature.  Please take another look to remind yourself the principles on which our country was founded.


"WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another; and to assume, among the Powers Of The Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.


We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." 


Happy 237th Birthday America!    


- KYSITE Officers

Foxx Confirmed As Transportation Secretary


The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx on Thursday as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary.   As the youngest member of President Obama's Cabinet, Foxx will replace Ray Lahood who has served in the role since 2009.


For more information, click here.

KYSITE Safety Corner

By: Jarrod Stanley (KYTC)

distracted driving   

With all of the advances in smart phone technology, GPS, and gadgets on your car, opportunities to be distracted while driving is at an all-time high.


A groundbreaking study that is the most comprehensive of its kind pertaining to distracted driving has been released.  The study can be found here.  A summary factsheet can be found here.

Fourth Of July Safety

By: Billy Garrison  



The Fourth of July is the most dangerous day of the year to drive. There are more fatalities on the road than any other day of the year. This means everyone needs to be especially careful while traveling. Click here to read some tips on how to stay safe.



Transportation Perspectives 
By: Paul Slone
Something new - a little different.  Several months ago I discovered Ted Talks, which is basically a convention with a series of speakers on any number of topics.  They range from business, to education, to medicine, to political & world issues, to the really weird.  Some of it even covers transportation topics.
Here's a talk by Jonas Eliasson about congestion pricing in Sweden.  Unlike HOT lanes, the fees were applied to the entire freeway.  Very interesting before/after results.  Take a look.
 Weird Signs
Amazing Roads IX
By: Anne Warnick
This week is #9 on the Weather Channel's 15 most amazing roads list. It comes to you from Switzerland, which isn't too far from where I'll be spending the next two weeks! All images and descriptions come straight from weather.com.
The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads
#9: San Bernardino Pass, Switzerland 



At nearly 6,800 feet up in the Western Alps of Switzerland, the San Bernardino Pass claims a history that dates back to the 15th century, when it first became part of an important route for foot traffic between the Swiss cities of Thusis and Splugen. Since the four-mile-long San Bernardino road tunnel opened in the late 1960s, however, it's no longer necessary to travel the mountain pass to go between the Mesolcina and Hinterrhein valleys.


Still, the San Bernardino Pass has many fans today, among them the hosts of the BBC's television show "Top Gear," who featured it in their search to find the world's best driving roads.

Summer Vacation Survey Results


In the last edition, we asked where you were going on summer vacation.  Thanks to those that responded.  Results include:

  • Kentucky (Staying Home): 3
  • Virginia: 2
  • Florida: 1
  • North Carolina: 1
  • Georgia: 1
  • Tennessee (Nashville): 1
  • Jamaica mon (as written!!): 1
  • Haiti: 1
  • Chicago: 1
  • Italy: 1
Quick Hits

usa boxing  

Opening Day Woes Greet Divvy Bike-Sharing Roll-Out in Chicago


To Toll or Not: Could the Feds Lift Ban on Interstate Tolling?


House Members Want North Carolina DOT to Study 75 MPH Speed Limit


Vermont and Quebec Announce Electric Car Corridor

Have You Seen This?


Here's a video to make both U of L and UK fans smile. Watch fans in Charlotte react to the drafting of IU's Cody Zeller.




Bobcats Draft Party Crowd Reaction To Cody Zeller Pick
Bobcats Draft Party Crowd Reaction To Cody Zeller Pick




Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor