Maryland's department of legislative services recently wrote starkly that MdTA (the state toll authority) "violates current law and regulations requirements for toll violations process." As a result the state Motor Vehicle Administration had ceased suspending the registration of toll deadbeats at the request of the toll authority.
Highway Toll Administration LLC (HTA) has signed up with Payless, U Save and ACO adding to their collection of US companies using electronic tolling for rental car customers. This involves provision of transponders to rental cars in E-ZPass country in the northeast, mid Atlantic and mid West, and using video or image-based identification of vehicles elsewhere.
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) operating the new 7.5km (4.7 mile) Northern Gateway Toll Road north of Auckland say they aren't wedded to exclusive video tolling. They say, as we reported earlier - http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3928 - they plan to open Jan 25 with all-video tolling. No transponders have been issued.
However they told us this week: "We may look at introducing tags (transponders) once the road is up and running."
Goldman Sachs (GS) have negotiated a substantial minority share in traffic camera specialists American Traffic Solutions (ATS) of Scottsdale Arizona, providing the company with fresh capital to fund their growth. GS becomes the first institutional investor in ATS, says the ATS president, Jim Tuton. The big New York based investment banker will get two positions on Tuton's seven person board of directors.
Jim Eden chief operating officer at the North Carolina Turnpike says after two weeks of vendor demonstrations of their license plate reading cameras that he's impressed by the diversity of different systems on offer. May 5 to 15 North Carolina Turnpike Authority hosted eight license plate reading vendors demonstrating their abilities in an open road setting.
Nine companies are demonstrating their camera systems in North Carolina over ten days starting this week. The companies are:
Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) are upgrading their video enforcement camera system (VES) and also planning a test of video tolling. Advised by Traffic Technologies Inc BATA began a procurement last October to install a new VES in 67 toll lanes at the authority's seven bridge toll plazas, training of staff, and maintenance for three years.
Representatives of nearly twenty toll agencies met in Dallas TX February 7 and decided to form an Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI). Initial focus of the group, mostly southern tollers, will be how to go about establishing license plate read reciprocity. With the strong move towards cashless tolling camera reads of license plates - 'video tolling' - becomes the mode for collecting the tolls of those motorists without a transponder account.
Central Texas RMA, operator of the 183A tollroad northwest of Austin TX is moving to implement video tolling, as a first step toward giving up cash collection. They expect to begin sending out video toll bills in March or April. Cash collection will continue for now.
The move to video tolling was endorsed by the board of directors of the CTRMA today.