Access Location Tool Improves Managed Lanes

By |2019-05-03T11:34:14-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Like many ambitious and innovative highway solutions, the implementation of managed lanes requires effective planning. During this critical phase, planners and designers must carefully consider access locations to the facility. In order to achieve the highest potential in relieving traffic congestion and providing a reliable choice to general purpose lanes, managed lanes should [...]

Factors that Warrant an Emergency Power System for a Toll Road

By |2018-11-02T09:31:52-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

In a period of reduced funding for roadway construction projects, the cost effectiveness of many design elements should be reviewed as engineering consultants strive to assure operational integrity and safety of the roadway. One of these elements is emergency power backup for tolling sites, including open road tolling (ORT), managed/express lanes, and traditional [...]

Can Toll Road Apps Drive Customer Behavior?

By |2018-11-02T09:31:59-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Nearly everyone has a smart phone filled with their favorite applications or “apps,” but is there a use for them related to toll roads? Transportation agencies seem to think so. As technology becomes more-and-more integrated into everyday life, agencies are providing another level of customer service by offering free apps for their road [...]

Schedule Challenges Related to Roadside Toll Equipment Testing

By |2018-11-02T09:32:05-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Testing of roadside tolling equipment is often the final work item on toll road construction schedules. Several iterative test evolutions commonly occur in advance of the final system commissioning test, but agencies rely on the final test to certify that the system is ready to reliably collect tolls. Several strategies can be employed [...]

Tolling and Managed Lanes – Shifting A Mindset!

By |2019-05-03T11:38:28-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

As congestion grows and the need for reliable forms of transportation increases, the tolling industry’s focus must change from using tolling as a revenue source to using it within a managed lanes facility to manage congestion. Often, transportation officials tell the public that new managed lanes will generate revenue to help improve transportation [...]

Strategizing Schedules for Tolling Public-Private Partnerships

By |2018-11-02T09:33:20-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

In developing a public-private partnership (P3) schedule for managed lanes, a toll consultant must determine its role during the initial stage of a project. Also, it should determine when and how the consultant should be integrated into the overall project approach, and whether early involvement justifies the cost. Typically, the initial project focus [...]

Check List: Issues to Consider when Converting to AET

By |2018-11-02T09:34:32-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Most new tolling systems are developed and implemented as All Electronic Tolling (AET) without a cash payment option for motorists. In addition, many traditional toll systems throughout the country have been or are being converted to AET. But how do agencies convert systems that may have cash, tickets, video, or automatic vehicle identification? [...]

Canada Finds New Oil Route to Avoid US Environmental Policy

By |2018-11-02T08:40:03-04:00September 12th, 2014|Tags: , , |

The Alberta Oil Sands in Canada are the third largest oil reserve in the world with 168 billion barrels, but it lies isolated and trapped. Currently, TransCanada’s Keystone and Gulf Coast Pipelines provide a direct conduit from Alberta to the refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas, but it couldn’t meet the capacity [...]

EPA Updates Requirements for Well Completions, Storage Tanks & Natural Gas Processing Plants

By |2018-11-02T08:39:50-04:00September 10th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

The EPA has recently released updates and clarifications to its 2012 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. These updates do not change the emission reduction requirements, but clarify technical aspects of well completion requisites, storage tank emission standards, and further explain definitions within the ruling. The EPA has [...]

EPA May Expand Regulations for Methane Emissions for Oil and Gas

By |2018-11-02T08:41:29-04:00September 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Methane, a byproduct of oil and gas extraction, is 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within the first 20 years of being released. The White House says 28 percent of US methane emissions are generated from natural gas wells and pipelines. A Stanford University study said [...]