Egis/Sanef to operate ten lane all-electronic toll point Port Mann Bridge Vancouver BC
By Peter Samuel
Egis and Sanef will operate what they say is the largest single all-electronic toll (AET) point in North America - at the new Port Mann Bridge/BC1 in the Vancouver metro area of British Columbia. The construction of the toll point and of fixed back office systems is being done by CS under an earlier contract.
The new Port Mann AET facility is designed to cover ten free flow toll lanes of traffic although the new bridge will openly open with 8 lanes and an expected average 130,000 vehicles/day. Traffic, with population, is growing in the region so the facility is designed for more.
The project involves widening of 37km, 23 miles of BC Highway One to 2x3 to 2x5 lanes in places including the new tolled bridge over the Fraser River where there is provision for 2-lane local roadways alongside 3-lane through-roadways.
Sanef and Egis, European toll operators formed Trans Canada Free Flow Tolling Inc which has a contract to begin tolling at Port Mann from December 2012. Under their operations contract they provide the province's toll agency TI Corp with end to end toll services (all customer services functions, transponder and account management, invoicing, revenue collection including violations, recovery of unpaid tolls plus the in-lane and other toll point equipment) for seven years with options to extend to 11 years.
The Sanef/Egis partners have operated similar services at the Golden Ears BC toll bridge on behalf of the V-Flow consortium since 2009.
The Port Mann bridge is a 10-lane cable stayed bridge 65m wide, 850m long (main span 470m, two subsidiary spans 190m) using towers 158m high. Highway 1 is the major radial highway heading southeast out of central Vancouver and carries a mix of local and long distance traffic.
Tolls will be $3 for cars up to $9 for large trucks with 25% discount for registered carpoolers in peak hours and 50% for trucks overnight. For non-transponder accounts payment will be available online, at telephone call centers or at several off-road kiosks with bank style card swipe and bill acceptors and at a staffed service center.
Non-transponder payments will incur an administrative fee of $2.30 if not paid within a specified time.
Toll systems from CS with subsystems from TransCore and Federal Signal
The Golden Ears Bridge (GEB) currently has a Federal Signal/Sirit Title 21 system, California style. The province has mandated that all toll roads and the truck PrePass system ASTMv6 be supported for tolling. On the GEB project TransCore E6 readers are being installed and must read three transponder protocols: Title 21, ISO 18000-6C sticker tags, and ASTMv6 (ASTM). On the Port Mann Bridge, CS is installing Federal Signal's ID6204 reader that can handle multiple transponder protocols.
NOTE: our first version mistakenly credited Egis and Sanef with the construction of the toll point and of the back office systems. They do strictly operations. CS under a 2009 contract designed and built both front end roadside systems and the back office.