July 31, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the June 22 crash of two Washington, D.C., Metro trains is now focused on electrical circuits, sensors and 30-year-old electrical components. According to an NTSB release, track circuit modules -- each of which contain 20 circuit boards with capacitors, resistors and transistors -- showed "anomalies" which are under further investigation. In a Washington Times interview, Metro General Manager John B. Catoe said that findings could affect rail operations around the country, as many systems use the same type of equipment.
A report following the accident also says that use of cell phones, PDAs or other such devices by operators will be cause for immediate termination.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.