Gerado Blasi, 55, a 34 year veteran of the New Jersey Turnpike pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud this week saying he took a cut in a racket with two insurance companies to inflate the payments. He appeared in US District Court in Newark NJ as part of a plea agreement with US prosecutors.
With Chicago area temperatures forecast to drop to Zero fahrenheit, -20C the Illinois Tollway has instituted round the clock patrols to quickly assist stranded drivers known as Zero Weather Road Patrols (ZWRPs). A minimum of eleven ZWRPs trucks - extended cab trucks will supplement “HELP” (Highway Emergency Lane Patrol) trucks that patrol the system 5am to 8pm Monday-Friday.
Both are there to help with any incidents they see, that get reported, or are detected by video surveillance.
Macquarie Atlas Roads' major toll property in France has been taken off S&P’s “CreditWatch” list of potentially troubled toll securities. They say this is because the rating agency’s European office has upgraded the prospects for its largest toll property Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhone (APRR).
S&P analysts say that the APRR tollroads now look to be generating sufficient free cash (after operating costs and debt service) for it to pay down debt (de-leverage in the jargon.) The ratings also reflect a measure of relative stability of traffic and earnings.
The first eleven months of 2013 show traffic at the eleven toll crossings US-Ontario 34.78 million versus 35.07m in the same months of 2012, or down 282,000, 0.8 percent. Truck traffic continues to decline - this year down 2.3% versus 0.7% for passenger cars. The major truck route Detroit-Windsor via the Ambassador Bridge has seen truck traffic drop by 7% or 165,000 while cars are up 94,000, 2.1%.
Statistics are from the Public Border Operators Association.
BancPass the start-up mobile phone toll provider out of Austin TX has recruited Rick Gegenheimer as VP Sales. He joins Glenn Deitiker, president and chief technology officer and Shannon Swank VP.
Gegenheimer comes from Kapsch and before its acquisition Mark IV and had been in the industry from the beginning of electronic tolling. He has worked with the New York State Thruway on their first E-ZPass system and with MTA Bridges and Tunnels.
Jackie Mars, 74 of the Mars candy bars family was convicted recently of reckless driving, fined $2,500 and had her drivers license suspended for three months. The charges derive from a sad accident October 4 in Aldie VA in which her Porche crossed the center-line of Virginia Route 50 into the opposing traffic killing a Texas man and an unborn child in a mini-van, and seriously injuring its pregnant mother.
What to call the radio frequency (RF) device the the motorist uses to pay their tolls nowadays?
Arguably the most correct and well-established term. A British World War 2 invention to automatically respond to an RF transmission - trans(mitter) + resp(ponder). This is generally the term used by RF engineers
Another more general term for more capable and active RTF communications devices
A central Massachusetts businessman, 55 year old, Mark Fisher has said he’s running for Republican nomination for state governor with abolition of tolls his major platform.
Canada’s consul in Michigan says Obama administration stinginess the holdup to their Windsor-Detroit bridgeBy Peter Samuel 6 days ago
Roy Norton the Canadian Consul to Michigan says the Obama administration is now the major obstacle to a start on their new bridge between Windsor and Detroit. Norton says the US Government won’t commit to spending the $250m needed for a new US Customs and Immigration plaza - one sixteenth of the total $4 billion project.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) long active in electronic toll collection in Asia has just provided 6C readers and tags for a toll system for the 57 mile, 95km Ahmedabad-Vadorara Expressway in Gujerat state.