The new tolling system is a highly accurate, state-of-the-art system, capable of meeting the demands of a growing population while improving traffic flow and reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by stop-and-go driving.
(PRWEB) May 21, 2012
Telvent GIT, S.A., the leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that it has successfully completed an Open Road Tolling System (ORT) in coordination with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) on the new 183A Expressway Northern Extension. The ORT system, which utilizes Telvent’s SmartMobility™ tolling solution, is helping to reduce travel times and maximize efficiency of the toll collection process.
Traffic expectations on the original stretch of the 183A Expressway far exceeded projections by almost double. Due to high traffic volumes, in March 2010 the Mobility Authority began construction of the Northern Extension to meet motorist demands and provide increased mobility in the suburban communities of Cedar Park and Leander northwest of Austin, Texas. Telvent, which previously implemented a tolling system on the original 183A Expressway in 2006, has remained a strong tolling partner to the Mobility Authority and implemented the three-lane SmartMobility™ ORT system on the new Northern Extension.
The ORT system allows drivers to travel at highway speeds on the cashless toll road, increasing throughput and reducing emissions associated with stop and go traffic. As part of the project, Telvent installed its SmartMobility™ Remote Operations and Maintenance System, which provides optimum maintenance and operations monitoring while enhancing system reliability. In addition to the ORT system, Telvent implemented its Video Image Capture system to support drivers who do not have a TxTag account and prefer to use the “Pay By Mail” option.
According to Telvent's Chairman and CEO, Ignacio Gonzalez, “We are excited to unveil the ORT system on the extension of the 183A Expressway in Central Texas. The new tolling system is a highly accurate, state-of-the-art system, capable of meeting the demands of a growing population while improving traffic flow and reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by stop-and-go driving.”
The completion of this project further strengthens Telvent’s portfolio in the U.S. toll market. The company has been awarded contracts to convert the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) 520 Bridge toll collection system to All-Electronic, Open Road Tolling, in Seattle, as well as by the New Hampshire DOT to implement an ORT system on the Hampton Plaza. The company has successfully completed other Electronic Toll Collections projects for MTA Bridges and Tunnels and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.
Telvent is a global IT solutions and business information services provider dedicated to helping improve efficiency, safety and security for the world’s leading companies. Telvent serves markets that are critical to the sustainability of the planet, including the energy, transportation, agricultural and environmental sectors. (http://www.telvent.com)
About The Mobility Authority
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. Their mission is to implement innovative, multi-modal transportation solutions that reduce congestion and create transportation choices that enhance quality of life and economic vitality. (http://www.mobilityauthority.com)
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion Euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.