Thousand Islands Bridge Authority Likes Results of Toll System Upgrade by TransCore

NNY360 reports, “The integration of E-ZPass functionality into the tolls at the Thousand Islands International Bridge system has yielded initial success,” according to Robert Horr III, TIBA’s executive director. He notes that the number of commercial drivers using E-ZPass (90 percent) has exceeded expectations. “We can certainly tell customers like it very much,” Horr tells NNY360. TransCore installed the technology that has allowed motorists to use E-ZPass at the bridge’s US and Canada toll plazas June.

Thruway Repair Dispute between New York and Seneca Nation Has Deep Roots

City & State New York follows up on a New York Times report that the Seneca Nation of Indians is again refusing to give New York State permission to reconstruct a dilapidated, three-mile segment of the thruway “until a larger conversation regarding transportation issues within the nation’s territory is had.” The origins of the controversy, according to City & State, lie in “[d]isagreements over how the thruway came to be on Seneca territory, disputes over casino profits, and over 150 years’ worth of bad faith.”

Airplane Swoops under DRJTBC Bridge

Lehighvalleylive.com reports, “A photo circulating on social media over the weekend of a plane flying under a Delaware River bridge is real,”according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, which confirmed that the unauthorized stunt occurred last Friday afternoon when an unidentified pilot flew his single-engine aircraft beneath the Riegelsville Bridge linking Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Spokesman Joe Donnelly said the commission alerted state police agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened an investigation.

The Intelligencer reports on a regional FAA official’s view of the legality of the stunt.

Egis Receives Recognition for Quality Customer Service

Egis Projects, Inc., announced that BenchmarkPortal has certified the company as a customer service Center of Excellence. According to Egis’ news release, “The company’s expertise in CSC operations for the tolling industry include call center management, support operations management, walk-in center, quality control, correspondent management and case management. ‘This is our eighth Award of Excellence from Benchmark Portal,’ said Rosa Rountree, CEO for
Egis Projects (USA). ‘We are extremely proud to achieve this independent award of quality eight
times. . . .’”

Illinois Tollway Event Focuses on Child Passenger Safety

The Illinois Tollway Authority announced that it will join Illinois State Police District 15 in hosting the 12th annual Family Safety Fair on Saturday in Downers Grove. The authority notes, “The fair coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21) and National Seat Check Saturday, part of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration effort to educate parents and caregivers to ensure their children are secured in the correct car seat for the child’s age, height and weight.”