2013-11-27: Paul Violette, 23 years the chief executive at the Maine Turnpike and a former president of IBTTA, is being released from jail today after serving 20 months of a 3.5 year sentence for years of living high off the Turnpike.
Pat Jones CEO of the IBTTA toll industry association sharing the platform with US secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx, his predecessor Ray LaHood and infrastructure spruiker ex-PA Gov Ed Rendell, plugged tolls at the year’s Travel Association Conference in Washington DC today.
Request for Information, IBTTA Interoperability Committee: Open ETC Protocols for North American Interoperability
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is currently undertaking efforts to plan and implement technologies and business practices leading to electronic toll collection (ETC) interoperability within North America in a manner that fosters open competition and minimizes legal and financial barriers to anyone wishing to provide products and services to toll agencies and customers.
- from IBTTA: under header "Transportation Professionals from 19 Countries Share Best Practices at Association’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver": At the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s (IBTTA) Annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia this week, the world’s tolling executives, engineers, and planners gathered to share best practices and innovations in transportation from 19 countries around the globe.
Mike Heiligenstein, the founding chief of the Austin Texas area's toller CTRMA (Central Rexas Regional Mobility Authority) is the new president of IBTTA, the toll industry association. He was formally elected at the recent annual meeting in Vancouver BC.
2013-08-09: Two leaders of the effort to achieve national interoperability in electronic tolling in North America have written to TOLLROADSnews wanting us to make a "correction" to our report on Florida's recall of Allegro protocol tags.
Martin Stone chair IBTTA Interoperability committee and Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA jointly write us as follows:
The Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI) HUB to be built and operated by Secure Interagency Flow (SIF) was officially announced this week at the IBTTA meeting going on in Denver CO. ATI has its own meetings as a follow-on to IBTTA's Interoperability conference.
IBTTA has a press release out saying a sample of traffic data from "a dozen tollroads" across the country showed "a small uptick" in traffic for Memorial Day this year compared to last. They say the increase was 0.02%.
We'd say that change whether positive or negative is so small the data indicate no more than that traffic is flat.
"Nation's tollroads show no change in traffic over year…" would be our headline.
IBTTA has released a "Joint Declaration on Tolling" with the European tollers' association ACECAP at their meeting in Dubrovnik Croatia. It touts six advantages of tolls over taxes for roads:
1."Scarcity" of tax revenues
2. More sustainable as fuel revenues are declining: "Tolling embraces the user pays principle much more effectively than a tax on fuel:"
IBTTA is maintaining a media-in-sessions-only rule for the Transportation Finance and Mileage Based User Fee symposium up the road in Philadelphia this weekend, so we continue to stay away. Much of the value of these conferences is the opportunity to mingle casually, renew old acquaintances and make new ones before sessions, between sessions and after sessions.