US ITS provider Electronic Transaction Consultants (ETC) has announced the launch of its new toll-collection system with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) on State Highway 71 (SH 71) in Austin, Texas, USA.
The 71 toll lane on SH 71 is a major traffic corridor connecting drivers to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the city of Bastrop and beyond.
ETC, which is wholly owned by tolling and enforcement solutions company Quarterhill, has introduced an upgraded toll-collection system along a four-mile segment of SH 71 to provide a bypass route for through traffic that aims to ensure smoother journeys, especially during peak hour congestion.
The project is the first of six existing CTRMA toll facilities that will see ETC’s toll-collection system deployed in the Austin area.
For the projects, ETC is deploying its riteSuite roadside equipment, technology, and support solutions.
According to ETC, the onsite roadside integration of equipment gives CTRMA the ability to track a vehicle as it goes through a toll lane, identify its classification, read its transponder and license plate, assign it a price, and then alert the back office for processing and billing.
Furthermore, a suite of analytics, reporting, and dashboard tools helps to identify, track, and respond to issues as they happen and to monitor trends over any time period.
“We are always exploring new and price-reliable technologies to help better serve our customers,” said Greg Mack, director of IT at CTRMA. “We’ve found a partner in ETC whose goals align with our own.
“Together, we are proud to be part of the next-generation tolling system, envisioned, developed, and implemented for drivers in Central Texas.”
The same number of non-tolled travel lanes that were in place before the project began, remain available to drivers.
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