04 Aug TransCore Serves as Lead Integrator for the Conversion of I-95 Newark Toll Plaza, Adds Highway Speed Electronic Toll Collection Lanes
Project funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
HARRISBURG, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransCore serves as the lead integrator on the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) conversion of the Newark Toll Plaza on I-95, adding two new electronic highway speed lanes on both the north and south bound plazas in an effort to reduce congestion in a busy corridor for motorists and commercial freight carriers. Plaza throughput will jump from 250-300 transactions per lane per hour to an estimated 2,000. The $32 million “shovel ready” project was fully funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Working around the clock, A-Del Construction, the prime contractor on the project, TransCore, and the I-95 toll plaza team beat the projected 479 calendar day delivery schedule by more than a month.
The Newark Plaza was officially rededicated commemorating the completion of the reconstruction. Hosted by Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt, ceremony speakers included Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Christopher Coons, U.S. Congressman John Carney, and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.
“Meeting DelDOT’s accelerated schedule requirements and technical specifications on such a crucial project reinforce the value of TransCore’s experienced engineering team,” commented Bob Ball, TransCore’s ITS Group managing director for the Eastern Region. “Deploying our Infinity technology with its streamlined modular design and ease of installation, saved a tremendous amount of time and helped us come in ahead of schedule and on budget.”
The installation was part of a complete plaza reconstruction where the existing 20 lane conventional plaza was converted to a 14 lane (seven north bound and seven south bound) and two open road tolling lanes, all while minimizing the interruption to existing traffic.
Benefits of the Infinity technology are:
- Compact, modular design that simplifies a previously labor intensive installation;
- Remote monitoring and equipment tuning, which avoids problematic lane closures for maintenance;
- Each Infinity product has been architected to meet its intended purpose within the total tolling system and is not just an add-on.
Working with DelDOT for more than two decades, TransCore has maintained their in-lane hardware and communications equipment for DelDOT’s attended lane subsystems since 1989, and later in 2004 engineered the hardware/software for their first open road toll (ORT) installation. In 2006, TransCore developed and integrated a second ORT subsystem. Through this experience, TransCore gained a familiarity with DelDOT’s toll system environment, including attended-lane and ORT equipment and software, as well as system interfaces, facilities, policies, operational procedures, and personnel.
The company’s 75-year heritage supporting the transportation industry spans the development of RFID transportation applications at Los Alamos National Labs to implementation of the nation’s first electronic toll collection system. The breadth of the company’s expertise includes traffic management systems, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), systems integration, design consulting, operations, maintenance, RFID manufacturing, and extensive Web-based logistics systems. TransCore has installations in 46 countries and a vast portfolio of intellectual property. In 2011, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked TransCore No. 154 out of the Top 500 Design Firms.
TransCore offers an extensive suite of enterprise software applications, business process outsourcing, system integration, customer care and maintenance services to provide complete solutions, configurable to customers’ requirements. TransCore’s extensive global experience with tolling systems includes more than 7,400 installed electronic toll collection lanes worldwide and 27 customer service centers. TransCore is a U.S. owned and operated company with headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.
TransCore operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Roper Industries, a Standard and Poor’s S&P 500 Index company. For more information, visit www.transcore.com.
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Infinity’s toll technology’s streamlined modular design eases installation and minimizes a previously labor intensive process. (Photo: Business Wire)