A World Leader in Smart Toll Services, VINCI Highways Strengthens its Leadership in the USA
Austin, March 14th, 2018 –- The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority have selected Cofiroute USA, a VINCI Highways’ subsidiary to provide Pay By Mail processing, collections, and customer services on five motorways and expressways in Austin and Tyler including the variably-priced tolled MoPac Express Lane and the new 71 Toll Lane that connects drivers to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the City of Bastrop and points beyond.
CTRMA collects transactions using an Open Road Tolling system with Automatic Vehicle Identification, in which radio frequency transponders mounted in the vehicles are identified by Electronic Toll Collection equipment. For customers who have established transponder-based accounts which are in good standing, this data is transmitted to a statewide processing center for posting and debiting. For the remaining vehicles, Cofiroute USA will perform processing of the non tag-based transactions for additional processing, pursuit of toll and non- payment fee revenues, and collections. The five-year contract represents an annual volume of approximately 23 million transactions.
VINCI Highways will combine the expertise of its subsidiaries Cofiroute USA and TollPlus to deliver a complete service including back office development and management, data interfaces set-up, payment collection and transmission to government agencies, and customer relationships management.
VINCI Highways is a leading road concessionaire in 13 countries and a top international player in smart toll services, collecting about 8 billion dollars in toll payment per year. In America, its US-based subsidiary Cofiroute USA manages the 91 Express Lanes toll road in California – one of the world’s first fully-automated toll facilities, it featured the first application of value pricing in America. VINCI Highways’ subsidiary TollPlus manages the toll transactions on Texas State Highway 550 and Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge between the States and Mexico.
Ray Wilkerson, Chairman of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, declared: “It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for Texans through effective and efficient transportation options. As road traffic keeps increasing in the region, selecting VINCI Highways’ subsidiary Cofiroute USA as our provider will help taking our tolling services to the next level. Choosing a world leader in toll and customer services shows our determination to keep Central Texas to the cutting edge of road technology and deliver the best possible service to drivers.”
Gary Hausdorfer President and CEO of Cofiroute USA and Jérôme Lejeune, Director of Tolling Department, VINCI Highways, declared: “The USA, and particularly Texas, is a key market for VINCI Highways. After a very intense competition, we are honored to have been awarded this contract. Our teams at Cofiroute USA with the support of TollPlus are looking forward to implementing the program and delivering the best services to Texas drivers. Over the course of the contract, we will combine our global understanding of mobility challenges and our state- of-the-art tolling expertise to help Central and North East Texas Mobility Authorities keep Texas on the move.”
About Cofiroute USA, and VINCI Highways
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Cofiroute USA provides a wide range of services to public and private clients including management of toll operations including call center staffing, account management, violations processing and account management systems. The company was part of the original P3 concession that planned, developed, financed and operated the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, California. Cofiroute USA was also a key part of the team that converted the first high occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) to managed toll lanes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
VINCI Highways, a subsidiary of VINCI Concessions, is a world leader in road concessions and toll services. Through its integrated model, VINCI Highways designs, finances, builds and operates road infrastructure and delivers customer services in conjunction with local partners in 13 countries. VINCI Highways’ network spans over +3,300 km worldwide and its 5.000 staff serve an average 1.2 million vehicles a day with best-in-class quality and safety standards.
A committed partner of US transportation authorities, VINCI Highways deploys is broad market expertise in America with both road P3 projects and customer services contracts. Late 2016, VINCI Highways delivered with its American partner Walsh the Ohio River Bridge – East End Crossing between Indiana and Kentucky, a major greenfield P3 and will operate the infrastructure until 2051. In California, VINCI Highways’ subsidiary Cofiroute USA operates the 91 Express Lanes under contract to Orange County Transportation Authority and Riverside County Transportation Commission. In the State of Texas, VINCI Highways’ subsidiary TollPlus manages the toll transactions on State Highway 550 and Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.
Lauren Balmayer, Nuvolette PR