TransCore is being awarded a $16.5m on-call maintenance and conversion contract at the Dulles Toll Road toll collection system. The uncompeted contract is justified by the operator Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on the grounds that their price is "fair & reasonable" and that the existing 17 year old toll system was developed by TransCore in the first place and they have proprietary rights to the equipment and software so it "can only be repaired/replaced by the incumbent (contractor)."
Fortuitously the Port Mann Highway 1 (PMH1) toll system in Vancouver BC is a useful proving ground for American toll interoperability. They have transponders of three different RF protocols to read, traffic in the six digit daily volumes, 12 toll lanes, a vast variety of license plates, and weather as lousy as any on the continent - fog, mist, persistent rain, snow, ice in winter and humid heat in summer.
2012-08-31: TransCore has been chosen to build the all-electronic toll (AET) system for Segment D of the Grand Parkway TX99 tollroad on the western fringe of the Houston TX area.
It must be last year when the press people at the PANYNJ told us we had to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request for simple information about this authority's new toll system procurement - a close to $100 million project. We'd asked for the $-number of the four competing bids and the scoring of each bid by the various criteria used to evaluate them.
The choice of contractor was amazing. Even people who worked there were amazed they got the job!
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), operator of the Dulles Toll Road in Northern Virginia is makes preparatory steps to lay out requirements in a new toll system. They say they are looking at distance based tolls and peak/off-peak toll rates.
Rob Yingling a spokesman says: "We are preparing a new toll rate proposal which will be reviewed by our Board before beginning a public process or considering toll equipment requirements. We are looking at concepts such as distance-based tolling and peak period pricing possibly in the future."
ACS, the Xerox company has won the competitive procurement for a full upgrade of toll systems across the extensive turnpike network in New Hampshire. This will be the first new in-lane or 'front end' since electronic tolling was first implemented in the state. ACS already do the back office work for NHDOT.
The nation's second biggest toll authority seems to be backing out of a decision May 25 by their Board of Commissioners construction committee to award a $81.9m contract to ETC Corp for replacing their toll system.
Washington State DOT say they have ceased issuing toll violations until "glitches" are resolved in the back office supplied by Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp (ETC).
TransCore have achieved factory acceptance of the complex interoperable electronic toll system they are readying for the startup later this year on the Triangle Expressway in Raleigh NC. Lodged midway between the hardcase battery-powered E-ZPass states to the north and SunPass batteryless sticker tag states to the south, Nort
The new toll system built by ETCC (Electronic Transactions Consultants Corportation) for Louisiana Department of Transportation (LDOT) is the subject of a nasty set of lawsuits. ETCC claims in its lawsuit that the Department hasn't paid its bills and is illegally using licensed software, while the Department in a suit against ETCC says the toll system delivered doesn't work properly and fails to fulfill the contract.