Planning for Electronic Toll Collectionby Michael C. Pietrzyk, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,
Abstract: With major plans for toll plaza expansion to accommodate growing patronage, the Florida Turnpike had to consider options for reducing future right-of-way acquisition and still provide the greatest efficiency and convenience for its patrons. Electronic toll collection (ETC) is a viable action to satisfy this requirement. As with any new technology implementation, there are uncertainties related to public acceptance, technology performance and reliability, and estimating potential benefits. An understanding of the basic traffic planning and cost effectiveness aspects of ETC will assist agencies contemplating its implementation to more accurately assess the potential benefits to be realized, and explain these findings to potential users. Field performance evaluations of ETC technologies can provide a first-hand, user-perspective on reliability and performance. This condensed case study provides an example for other agencies to follow, thereby reducing the uncertainty of the benefits, acceptance, performance and associated ETC implementation issues.
Subject Headings: Tolls | Highways and roads | Traffic management | Uncertainty principles | Case studies | Land use | Field tests | Traffic analysis | North America | Florida | United States
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