By summer as many as 40 toll agencies across the US could be having out of state tolls run through hubs in a six month pilot program for a permanent clearinghouse. Over 80 companies are vying for the hub contracts in a program that should lead to seamless automatic toll collection at highway speeds across the country - potentially the biggest advance in toll collection since the first electronic toll transponders were introduced in the late 1980s.
Twenty four companies sent their people along to the New Jersey Turnpike's tour of Interchange 11 Monday - part of the process of soliciting proposals for contracted cash toll collection services. Interchange or Exit 11 is in Woodbridge where the Turnpike crosses the Garden State Parkway and the US9 highway.
25 toll lanes wide IC11 toll plaza is a formidable operation.
Illinois DOT is advertising two consultant projects to conduct planning and permitting studies to build the Illiana Expressway, planned as a new east-west route in both Illinois and Indiana on the southern and southeast fringe of the Chicago metro area. The first job is described as a Prime Consultant and the second as a Project Manager Consultant, both to work on what they call a "Tiered Environmental Impact Statement" for the 60 mile, 100km long, approx
Georgia's State Road & Tollway Authority (Georgia Tollway or GSRTA) is after multiprotocol readers that must reliably read the new ISO 180000-6C sticker tag transponders as well as the eGo Plus transponders from TransCore.
Request for Proposals (RFP) 5001545:
Intelligent transportation systems technology pre-deployment strategy
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will be formally seeking bids for toll collection and cash handling services in December to replace some 700 high-cost salaried employees. James Simpson the chairman of the Turnpike Authority and state commissioner of transportation said this after an authority board of directors meeting today.
"It has become a monopoly," he said of toll collection referring to its high costs and labor union dominance.
Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) which operates six tollroads in the Houston metro area is doing a big toll system upgrade. This is the first complete system upgrade they've done since they first introduced electronic tolling in 1993. Many incremental improvements have been made by inhouse staff and ETC Corp which has been the longtime system integrator to HCTRA.
Request for proposals RFP 5001390
INVESTMENT BANKER/SENIOR UNDERWRITER CONSULTING SERVICES
Michigan DOT (MDOT) and the federal Transport Canada are requesting for expressions of interest (RFEOI) in some kind of toll concession or partnership with the private sector in building a new toll bridge over the Detroit River a couple of miles downriver of the Ambassador Bridge.
Delaware DOT have advertised for bids to build two pairs of highway speed electronic toll lanes through the middle of their big toll plaza on I-95 near Newark, presently the bane of travelers in the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia-New York corridor. The toll plaza not far from the Maryland line had been planned in the 1990s for complete rebuild and modernization as a conventional straight-across plaza at a cost of over $100m, but was stalled by funding.