HARRISBURG, Pa. (PRWEB) September 18, 2007
The multimillion-dollar extension will support expansion of the AutoExpreso toll collection system including customer service center operations, violation enforcement, maintenance, and the introduction of dedicated lanes at each toll plaza so motorists can purchase tags and replenish accounts right when they need it. This new process accentuates consumer convenience bringing additional service points directly to the toll-paying customer.
Dr. Carlos J. Gonzalez, Secretary of Transportation for the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority, explained, "Now that the advantages of AutoExpreso are proven, it is essential to expand AutoExpreso to more points on the island and make it easier to obtain tags and replenish accounts, especially for the largely cash-based society. As an incentive for motorists to shift from paying by cash to paying wirelessly, AutoExpreso users will now obtain a $0.05 discount on all toll fares."
Puerto Rico's AutoExpreso electronic toll collection system, launched in 2004, surpassed expectations at a rapid pace few anticipated. In less than three years, the five-year tag goal to deploy 300,000 RFID tags was met with tag sales now exceeding half a million. Throughout the island Puerto Rico has five tolled expressways, covering nearly 200 miles, with 26 toll plazas and 198 lanes. Today, approximately 35 percent of all toll transactions are paid wirelessly with more than 65 percent during peak hours.
The PRHTA and TransCore expect that with the expansion of work covered by this extension and combining the in-lane access with discounts for tolls paid via AutoExpreso, electronic payments will capture a significantly higher portion of the paid tolls, further reducing costs to the PRHTA. By 2008, PRHTA's goal is to make electronic toll payments available island-wide with every toll plaza equipped with dedicated AutoExpreso lanes.
TransCore will begin implementation of the multi-faceted project to meet PRHTA's objectives of reducing congestion, increasing safety, lessening pollution and enhancing convenience for the driving public. Changes include AutoExpreso expansion to 4 more toll plazas while adding to the network or converting 21 new high-speed express lanes, adding 12 standard AutoExpreso lanes, and introducing 13 lanes dedicated exclusively for in-lane tag sales and account replenishment. This first-of-a-kind in-lane sales and replenishment capability enables motorists to deposit funds into their accounts using cash, debit or credit cards while passing through a toll plaza.
Dave Sparks, executive vice president of TransCore added, "We are excited about this endorsement of TransCore's technology and operational expertise, and look forward to continuing to support the PRHTA and its strategy to improve mobility and convenience for Puerto Rican commuters."
With products and installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents worldwide, and pioneering applications of RFID and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. In 2007, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked TransCore No. 60 out of the Top 500 Design Firms and No. 11 for firms that specialize in transportation.
TransCore's extensive global experience with tolling systems includes more than 7,400 installed electronic toll collection lanes worldwide and 22 customer service centers. TransCore offers an extensive suite of enterprise software applications, business process outsourcing, system integration, and maintenance services to provide complete solutions configurable to customers' requirements.
TransCore operates as a unit of Roper Industries, a market-driven, diversified growth company with 2006 revenues of $1.7 billion and a market capitalization exceeding $5 billion. Roper is a component of the S&P Mid-Cap 400, Fortune 1000 and Russell 1000 Indexes and was ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies by Business 2.0 Magazine.
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