All electronic toll collection improves safety on Turnpike in Miami area - 37% reduction in crashes tho' traffic up
2008 thru' 2010 with a combination of open road tolling leftside and cash toll collection rightside (ORT+cash) there were an average 63 crashes per year in the vicinity of the four mainline toll points (Miramar, Okeechobee, Bird Road and Homestead) on the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT), the Turnpike's Miami area spokesman Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller tells us.
Annual crashes in the same four locations with all-electronic tolling (the cash plaza barriered off) numbered 40 in the latest full year period for which they have data - a decline of 37%.
2013-05-14: The Pennsylvania Turnpike restored tolls late Monday night in the 21 mile, 34km leg south of Harrisburg - IC226 I-81 to IC247 I-283 - that has served as a detour for I-81 since last Thursday. The interstate was closed after a tanker overturned and its load of diesel burned on a ramp close to the center of the four level I-81/US22/322 interchange.
Missing lines of code in transaction management software cause double billing in North Carolina REVISED
2013-02-07: Most transaction management software looks for transponder reads in a lane that are very close in time to one another and dumps all but one of the reads. Those lines of code to match and dump redundant reads are apparently missing from the ACS/Xerox backoffice data processing algorithms, and ACS programmers are working on adding the function.
Weather forecasts suggest wild weather is likely in Kansas toward the end of the week and the possibility of tornadoes. A spokesman told us they want drivers to know the Turnpike's shelters are available for their safety if they happen to be at a service plaza or a toll plaza when a twister threatens.
Traffic Technologies Inc (TTI) of New Windsor NY has won a competitive procurement to provide Massachusetts Department of Transportation tolling department with toll collection consulting services. TTI is a partnership of toll industry veterans Michael Kolb and Stan Weiss.
The contract is for three years with the option to extend another two years. Maximum obligation is $2 million.
North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) has issued a request for expressions of interest from toll system vendors to demonstrate their latest equipment for highway speed tolling. They are looking for demonstration of the latest capabilities in cameras for license plate recognition, readers especially multi protocol, other RF, GPS.
Paul Violette's lawyer says the longtime head of the Maine Turnpike is prepared to plead guilty to charges by the state attorney-general of thievery amounting to some $10,000 so long as the state doesn't ask for more than five years in jail - an eight year sentence with five years to be served. The charges carry a maximum of ten years served in jail.
His lawyer says he wants to "get this behind him."
Paul Violette, the 23-year executive director of the Maine Turnpike now has a criminal charge to face - felony theft of gift cards, travel, meals and other personal indulgences on the Turnpike's account. The AP is reporting this from the state attorney-general's office. A spokesman is quoted as saying the charge specifies thievery of "more than $10,000."
Apparently Violette is pleading guilty.
Republican candidate for governor of West Virginia Bill Maloney says the state needs to look at selling the Turnpike or putting it out to the private sector on a longterm lease. "We need to think differently than we have before. I don't have all the answers, but there are a lot of people with answers," he told the Beckley Register-Herald recently.
"We need to look at other states and see what they have done," Maloney said.
Maine's governor Paul LePage has backed away from previous statements that the Maine Turnpike should be folded into the state DOT and the Turnpike Authority abolished. He said in public appearances Friday that although there would be short-term advantages in abolition, its continuation would benefit economic development.