Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission selected HNTB Corporation to serve as program manager to lead the potential implementation of a cashless, all-electronic toll collection system. The commission voted unanimously to engage HNTB after a competitive process.
The implementation of all-electronic tolling across the entire 550-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike system – which includes more than 70 toll plazas serving more than 186.5 million vehicles and generating more than $700 million annually – represents the largest and most ambitious AET conversion in North America to date.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Roger Nutt said, “AET collection has emerged as much more than a trend in the tolling industry worldwide, and a number of American tolling agencies have gone cashless in recent years. But certainly, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is the largest toll system in the U.S. to begin to implement such a system.”
HNTB is the No. 1 consultant to toll authorities in the nation and serves as general engineering consultant to more tolling agencies than any other firm. In Pennsylvania HNTB has provided transportation, bridge and rail services since the 1960s, said Yassmin Gramian, Pennsylvania office leader and principal-in-charge. “With this assignment, our firm will have the opportunity to showcase its innovative program management and toll capabilities at a time when the Commonwealth is searching for alternative funding and project delivery strategies.”
HNTB will be responsible for all aspects of the commission’s migration to AET, including overall program management and controls, toll system development and integration, business rules development, design review services, construction management services, legal and legislative coordination, financial planning, labor relations and public education and outreach services.
Statewide, HNTB employs approximately 107 professionals from offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Norristown, Pittsburgh and King of Prussia; the AET project will be managed from the firm’s Harrisburg office.