North Texas Turnpike Authority (NTTA) are warning toll violators they face confiscation and impoundment of their vehicle, then waterboardings subcontracted to Blackwater, the special ops contract guys. The process of escalating sanctions against chronic non-payers is provided in SB1792 enacted last summer by the Texas legislature and governor.
It defines a “habitual violator” as a vehicle owner with 100 or more unpaid tolls and two notices of non-payment (NONPs) within the past year.
The vehicle seizure program will begin in the new year (2014.)
2013-09-24: North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) are making a host of changes to the way they bill and pursue image-based or V-tolls. These are designed to make early payment of tolls more attractive, reduce the amount of unpaid tolls, and to conform with Texas legislation enacted this summer against habitual violators (SB1792).
On the agenda for their August 1 meeting the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) board is the following:
Purchase of electronic toll collection and intelligent transportation system equipment for Chisholm Trail Parkway in an amount not to exceed $2,351,000.00, as follows:
A. Dynamic message signs from Skyline Products Inc., in an amount not to exceed $475,000.00
B. Image capture cameras from JAI, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $940,000.00
Oklahoma Turnpike to go interoperable with NTTA by mid 2014, KTA to follow - IOP moves in neighbor negotiations
2013-07-17: The real action in tolling interoperability is occurring between neighbor tollers not in any centrally managed scheme out of IBTTA or ATI. Oklahoma Turnpike and North Texas Tollway authorities are close to agreement on the nuts and bolts of electronic toll interoperability.
North Texas Tollway Authority is using a new state law that gives it the ultimate power to seize vehicles of habitual toll violators and impound them until outstanding tolls and penalties are paid. Before that it will have the power to ban vehicles from NTTA tollways, get vehicle registration blocked, and deploy civil collections hassles.
But before they try the chaingang approach NTTA are offering a kind of amnesty that's in effect until September 7.
North Texas Tollway Authority will put up toll rates 5.9% July 1, the per mile rate going from 15.3c to 16.2c. The raise is the second on a two-yearly schedule established in 2009.
NTTA says: "This regularly scheduled increase keeps pace with the rate of inflation associated with building and operating area toll roads."
NTTA is removing the last remnants of cash toll collection on its six toll facility system in the Dallas area. The last cash tolls were collected over two years ago - in December 2010. Conversion to all-electronic tolling (AET) only involves opening up a regular section of highway through the toll plaza area and installing toll equipment over and within the roadway at the new AET toll point.
Clayton Howe is leaving NTTA Operations and chairmanship of Texas Interoperability (IOP) Task Force to join Atkins. He was the senior officer in Operations at NTTA from 2009 until the previously vacant position of deputy executive director and chief operating officer was filled in October last year by John Carreker - a specialist in new payments methodologies from outside the toll business.
2013-01-25: North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) say they have agreed with TxDOT on the general terms of cooperation for working together on the extension of Texas State Route 360 (TX360) as a tollroad from I-20 in Tarrant County about 10 miles south to US287 just inside Ellis County.
There's often rivalry in the bigger states between metro area or large county-based roller and the state DOT. Think Florida DOT and OOCEA and Tampa HEA. In Texas most of the rivalry is in Dallas between TxDOT and North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA.)
TxDOT tends to favor farming new toll projects out to investors in a public private partnership (P3) or toll concession whereas NTTA favors the traditional in-house development, financing, and operations as well as the risk taking.