Toll 101 is a series of seven introductory videos designed to educate a variety of audiences to the unique characteristics and value of tolling as part of the approach to finance, build and operate viable transportation solutions in North America. The series feature presentations from two toll-industry leaders, Martin Stone, Ph.D., AICP and COO for Egis Projects, Inc. and Tom Knuckey, National Toll Technology Director for Atkins.
Toll Interoperability Experience
The Egis senior leadership team has been directly and significantly involved in the development and implementation of toll interoperability.
- Egis COO Martin Stone was the original Chairman of the IBTTA Toll Interoperability Committee, a position he held for almost five years. Under his leadership, the Committee of over 30 toll agency representatives was formed and organized; a Mission, Goals & Objectives and major tasks were identified; the approach for the “Path to Interoperability” was created; and the implementation activities initiated. Under his direction, the Committee was divided into four Sub-Committees: (1) Roadside Operations, (2) Business Rules & Administration, (3) Communications & Marketing, and (4) Governance, and the direction was established.
- Egis CEO Rosa Rountree is the Chair of the IBTTA Sub-Committee for Communications & Marketing with responsibility for developing the national interoperability symbol, signage and communications materials. In cooperation with USDOT, she has overseen the process of the development of a national interoperability symbol that will be approved and recognized within the MUTCD.
- Egis brings a unique level of toll interoperability experience from Ireland, the European country that most resembles the US interoperability approach. Ireland has 19 separate toll projects (bridges, tunnels and motorways – some of which are operated by Egis Ireland) and all are interoperable through a centralized hub and the use of 3rd-Party toll providers. Egis, through our Easytrip subsidiary, is the largest provider of 3rd-Party services for Irish toll customers. Easytrip sells transponders, manages toll accounts and pays the electronic tolls (through the central hub) for any Irish toll facility used by an Easytrip account holder. It is a model that we are already seeing in Texas and other locations in the United States, and one that will likely increase in use over the coming years.
- And, we are currently involved in toll interoperability with two separate regions – as our CFX customer is now interoperable with both SunPass and E-ZPass.