Puerto Rico's toll roads are moving by stages to almost cashless tolling. This July 29 coin machines were removed from two of the island state's tollroads (PR52 and PR53) in a toll system upgrade that began last November. This was Phase 1 of a project to progressively improve the efficiency of toll collection on all the tollroads.
Mary Peters call at a recent IBTTA industry conference for "making toll booths obsolete" got attention from ACT the Puerto Rico state toll authority. A senior ACT official told us this morning the authority's decision to study cashless or all-electronic tolling was prompted by Peters' remarks.
The Puerto Rico toll authority ACT (in its Spanish initials) says in a court filling in San Juan PR that United Toll Systems (UTS) is offering a cash toll system that stands to save them at least $20m/year in theft of revenues.
"None of the other proposals... put an end to this chilling depletion of public funds," the ACT says in a filing with the state Court of Appeals to deny a TransCore motion to quash the contract award to UTS and transfer it to TransCore.