Dallas toller has moved 200 from cash collection, handling for AET, 140 layoffs
By Peter Samuel
North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) have now moved about 200 people out of cash collection and money handling ("Vault Department") as part of the transition to all-electronic tolling (AET) - due to be complete December 11, 2010.
Another 140 cash toll collectors and handlers of 340 in those departments will be laid off.
NTTA Executive Director Allen Clemson is quoted in a statement today: "The transition to cashless toll collection on the remainder of the NTTA System has required a reduced number of employees over the last two years. We have sought to assist these employees by offering as many opportunities as possible to move into other positions either in or outside the NTTA."
When the decision to go cashless was made in 2007 NTTA set up a team to help those displaced. An employee "transition plan" provided training, professional development, second-language proficiency programs and mentoring opportunities.
The authority says hundreds of toll collection and vault employees have participated in job fairs, job shadowing and interview/job development workshops to assist in the transition inside and outside NTTA.
Construction of gantries and other infrastructure for all-electronic toll equipment is well under way on the Dallas North Tollway, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel and Mountain Creek Lake Bridge. And there are lane closures along with the construction work.
The President George Bush Turnpike has already been converted to AET and the Sam Rayburn Tollway (TX121) was built AET.
From Dec 11 this year toll collection will use transponders, brandnamed TollTag and license plate cameras and a bill in the mail, brandnamed ZipCash. License plate tolls will have a 50% surcharge on transponder tolls.
History at DNT
The Dallas North Tollway (DNT) was the first tollroad in the world to deploy transponders (electronic tolling). Amtech, a predecessor company to TransCore wanted a demonstration project for their new radio frequency identification transponders and paid all the expenses.
That was early 1989.