The speed and scope at which Florida Turnpike Enterprise expanded ORT statewide distinguishes them among our industry leadership
DALLAS (PRWEB) July 14, 2008
Open road tolling, first deployed in its earliest form in the United States by TransCore in Oklahoma, allows wireless toll collection transactions to occur under multi-lane free flowing highway driving conditions. Open road tolling has become increasingly popular since it eliminates plaza barriers and dramatically reduces congestion, decreasing vehicle queuing at toll plazas, eliminating transportation choke points, improving air quality with the reduction in plaza congestion, streamlining operational requirements, and significantly improving the quality of life for motorists.
Florida transportation authorities that support one of the country's largest transportation infrastructures quickly saw the potential for open road tolling. TransCore and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise began working to extend ORT across Florida with extensive testing of various traffic scenarios at both TransCore's research & development facility test track and in the Boca Raton area.
The result of this multimillion dollar R&D investment, led FTE to contract with TransCore for the award-winning three-lane, reversible Crosstown Expressway Bridge in Tampa. The installation is the world's first reversible open road tolling bridge and earned TransCore the 2007 TeamFL Award for the Most Innovative Transportation Project of the Year, and likewise the FTE won the prestigious 2007 IBTTA Award of Excellence.
"The speed and scope at which Florida Turnpike Enterprise expanded ORT statewide distinguishes them among our industry leadership," explained John Simler, TransCore ITS Group president. "Our decades of experience supporting FTE allowed us to move quickly and step in to meet their deployment schedules. This effort reinforces our mutual commitment to meeting the needs of Florida's motorists."
Today's announcement is the culmination of two years and thousands of man hours to see the successful installation of 42 lanes of open road tolling around the state. Plazas include:
Tampa's Crosstown Expressway (6 lanes); Orlando's Western Beltway (4 lanes), Pine Hills (3 lanes) and Conway (3 lanes); South Miami's Bird Road North and South (6 lanes total); Homestead (4 lanes); Ft. Lauderdale's Cypress Creek (6 lanes), Sunrise (6 lanes); Palm Beach's Lantana (4 lanes). By year-end an additional 15 lanes currently under construction will come online, bringing the total number of ORT lanes to 57.
With installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents and pioneering applications of RFID, GPS and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's technical expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. TransCore's 70-year heritage spans the development of RFID transportation applications at Los Alamos National Labs to implementation of the nation's first electronic toll collection system to most recently the world's first 7-lane, 2-shoulder ("7 plus 2") free-flow, open road tolling zone.
TransCore's extensive global experience includes more than 7,400 installed electronic toll collection lanes worldwide, systems that process more than 5 billion toll transactions annually, and the management of 22 toll 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. Roper Industries is a diversified growth company with an enterprise value of more than $6 billion, and is a component of Standard & Poor's S&P Mid-Cap 400, Fortune 1000, and Russell 1000 Indexes. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications.