Parsons Brinckerhoff and tolling & our coverage of their recruitment of Frank McCartney - from Greg Kelly COO
By Peter Samuel
LETTER: We read with interest your June 26 article about Frank McCartney's decision to join Parsons Brinckerhoff in the national role of Toll Industry Market Leader. We agree that his achievements at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission have been stellar and his 2011 leadership of IBTTA resulted in several major steps forward for the tolling industry.
In your article you commented that Parsons Brinckerhoff has been involved in three (tolling) projects, of which you are aware. In fact, we have been involved in tolling since our work with the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the 1930's, and we are currently involved in numerous toll projects across the country. Our roles on projects has ranged from early feasibility studies, to traffic, revenue and expense analysis for public and private sector clients, toll system technology testing, and actual toll collections and back office operation. We have also advised a number of the world's leading infrastructure investors on the acquisition and development of toll facilities.
In North Carolina, we assessed tolling options in the Charlotte region, and are currently working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation on a public-private partnership (P3) procurement effort for the implementation of new high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on I-77. In Ohio, we are part of the consulting team developing options for leveraging the Ohio Turnpike. In Colorado, we oversaw the conversion of the E-470 and Northwest Parkway to cashless tolling. We also managed the I-25 Express Lanes from project conceptualization through planning, design and implementation.
In the State of Washington, Parsons Brinckerhoff together with another firm, serve the Department of Transportation as General Tolling Consultant. In California, we have worked on numerous toll projects, some of which include feasibility studies for priced managed lanes on SR 91, SR 210 and I-15. In Los Angeles, we have developed the concept of operation and performed the design for the conversion of the I-10 and I110 HOV lanes to HOT operation - the centerpiece of the LA Metro Congestion Reduction Demonstration. This project also involved defining the requirements of the toll systems, preparing the toll system procurement documents, and overseeing and testing the deployment of the electronic toll collection systems on both facilities.
In the area of tolling policy we've completed numerous assignments. For the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), we are preparing a Priced Managed Lane Guide and we authored the FHWA Guide for HOT Lane Development. We also led several National Cooperative Highway Research (NCHRP) projects, evaluating performance measures for congestion pricing and tools for highway pricing decisions. We advised the Office of Innovative Program Delivery on road pricing policy and prepared a series of detailed case studies of complex toll projects.
In addition to the work described previously, Parsons Brinckerhoff also operates toll collection systems. For over 15 years we have been providing toll collection services for the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority, and we have operated the E-470 in Colorado for 15 years as well. We staff the back office for E-470, which also serves the I-25 Express and the Northwest Parkway.
These are just some examples of the tolling work Parsons Brinckerhoff has performed in the U.S. Globally, we've undertaken tolling projects in Canada (including the first P3 in Quebec), Latin America, Hungary, India and Australia, to name just a few.
I'm sure you can see that Parsons Brinckerhoff is a highly skilled and experienced firm in toll facilities across the globe, and particularly in the U.S. The addition of Frank McCartney to our staff will provide the momentum to continue to grow what is already a vibrant and strong tolling practice at Parsons Brinckerhoff.
COMMENT: I just didn't know they do all this in tolling. It is partly my fault I didn't know it, partly theirs for not communciating it to me. I didn't mean to be unfair, but I guess I was. I thank Mr Kelly for his letter which helps correct the record - editor.