NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges & Tunnels (MTA B&T) has selected TransCore to deploy the agency’s first All-Electronic Tolling (AET) system. This system will be implemented on the historic Henry Hudson Bridge.
Built in 1936, the iconic bridge provides passage for more than 63,000 vehicles each day. The AET project is part of a three-year, $33 million MTA B&T bridge rehabilitation project to replace the original 1930s steel supports as well as install 3,600 feet of new bridge decking, new energy-efficient roadway lighting, and wider traffic lanes.
The objectives of the AET project are to:
- Provide an efficient, cost-effective, revenue-secure AET system that is flexible, expandable, and adaptable
- Increase driver mobility and safety by eliminating the need for drivers to slow down or stop at tolling plazas
- Provide drivers with an accurate, secure, and seamless means to automatically pay tolls
- Reduce auto emissions and increase fuel consumption
“As we begin to utilize AET technology, our key goals remain to increase mobility for our customers while collecting tolls in a highly accurate and auditable manner. Selecting TransCore enables us to achieve these goals through the use of industry-leading toll collection technology,” said Robert Redding, senior director, New Toll Initiatives, MTA Bridges & Tunnels.
TransCore will deploy its Infinity∞ Digital Lane SystemTM for the MTA B&T. Because the MTA B&T ranks as the largest toll agency in the United States, the requirement for this AET system to capture every transaction in a highly accurate and auditable manner was a critical aspect in the technology selection process. The Infinity system integrates automatic vehicle identification, vehicle classification, and video capture and recognition systems specifically designed to automatically collect transactions in high-volume traffic across a wide variety of traffic speeds and patterns with the highest degrees of accuracy in the industry. Infinity’s fully integrated digital video audit system also provides MTA B&T auditors with a real-time, user-friendly tool to facilitate true end-to-end revenue traceability and auditability.
“The MTA B&T has long been recognized for their ability to get the most out of their infrastructure investments while providing safe, reliable and efficient passage for the users of their facilities. We are excited to partner with them to implement this state-of-the art project on such a historic facility. Both MTA B&T and TransCore share a common goal to continuously enhance the mobility of our customers through the deployment of innovative solutions,” said Whitt Hall, senior vice president, TransCore.
About MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Created in 1933 by Robert Moses, MTA Bridges and Tunnels serves more than 800,000 vehicles each weekday — over 280 million vehicles each year — and carries more traffic than any other bridge and tunnel authority in the nation. Surplus revenues from the authority’s tolls help support MTA transit services.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels bridges are the Robert F. Kennedy, Throgs Neck, Verrazano-Narrows, Bronx-Whitestone, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial; its tunnels are the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel) and Queens Midtown. All are within New York City, and all accept payment by E-ZPass, an electronic toll collection system that is moving traffic through MTA Bridges and Tunnels toll plazas faster and more efficiently. Eighty-one percent of the vehicles that use MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings on weekdays now use E-ZPass.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels is a cofounder of the E-ZPass Interagency Group, which has implemented seamless toll collection in 14 states, including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia; tolls are charged electronically to a single E-ZPass account.
A leader in the transportation industry, TransCore provides innovative, technical solutions and engineering services for applications encompassing next generation Open Road Tolling, Traffic Management Systems and Radio Frequency Identification systems that secure access for airports, hospitals, parking garages, border patrols, trucking fleets and rail carriers. TransCore also operates tolling customer service centers for departments of transportation throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Dubai.
Based in Nashville, Tenn., TransCore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roper Industries, a diversified technology company in the S&P 500, Fortune 1000 and Russell 1000 indices.