Planning for Electronic Toll Collection

by Michael C. Pietrzyk, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


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 | Case studies | Intelligent transportation systems | Uncertainty principles | Traffic management | Automatic identification systems | Highways and roads | Land use | Florida | United States

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