The Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed that change is central to the universe. This describes the tolling industry with the technological advancements (transponders, vehicle classification and detection, and video) over the past 20 years. We also are moving from gated toll plazas to open road tolling to all electronic tolling, from HOV to managed lanes, and from local agency to national interoperability. So, what advancements are expected in the near future and in the next decade? Let’s take a look at a few:
Projects inherently have risks. Some are high stakes and some are minor, but worth analyzing.
With the increased deployment of Priced Managed Lanes (PML), we have been able to better understand the advantages, disadvantages, and impacts of lane separation techniques. There are many factors that affect the type of separation to be used between the PML and the General Purpose Lanes (GPL).
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that RS&H will study the environmental impacts of building a replacement terminal at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. The Times said that the scope of work for the $1.2-million environmental review calls for Jacksonville, Florida-based RS&H Inc. to scrutinize two options for a proposed 355,000-square-foot replacement terminal, a third option for a same-size replacement terminal and two “no build” options that assume continued operation out of the existing terminal.
Airport officials have said they want a larger airport with more space, modern amenities, and at a safer distance from the center line of the runway. David Full, AICP, Vice President Aviation – Environmental Service Group Leader for RS&H based in San Francisco said the he looks forward working with airport officials on “a very interesting project.”
RS&H participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new passenger terminal building at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in San Luis Obispo, California. The event was very well attended by the local community and was held in conjunction with the airport’s air show.
RS&H designed the new terminal building as a single-story, 50,000-square-foot facility that will feature an open-air courtyard between the landside and airside portions of the terminal. This feature takes full advantage of the area’s climate and surrounding scenery. The airport has the unique distinction of being surrounded on three sides by vineyards in a region renowned for the quality of its wine and the scale of its viticulture industry.
Additionally, we presented a token of celebration to airport staff for the project. Our team prepared two custom label wine bottles with small version labels of the commemorative frames and presented them to Kevin Bumen, Airport General Manger, and Craig Piper, Assistant General Manager. The bottles are vintage 2015 to celebrate the groundbreaking and to be opened in 2017 once the terminal is completed.