HCTRA Recognized for Electronic Toll Enforcement Innovation

The Harris County Toll Road Authority announces that it has received a 2016 Toll Excellence Award from IBTTA for its  Rapid Alert System (RAS) technology. RAS “identifies prohibited vehicles on the road and generates a real-time electronic alert which includes an image of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and the amount of money owed in toll violations and fees.” The alert automatically goes to a computer-aided dispatch system, which transmits it to laptop computers in the patrol cars of police officers assigned to toll road duty. Officers can filter the alerts to focus on vehicles traveling in their direction. IBTTA presented the award at its recent annual meeting.