PA Turnpike Executive Named Chair of National E-ZPass Board
PA Turnpike Chief Operating Officer Craig R. Shuey of Mechanicsburg PA was recently elected chair of the executive management committee for the E-ZPass Group, an association comprised of toll agencies in 16 states that operates the E-ZPass electronic toll-collection system on the east coast from Maine to North Carolina and west though Illinois.
As chair, Shuey will preside over executive management committee meetings where issues such as toll tag technology, national expansion and interagency operations are discussed and acted upon.
“E-ZPass is the global leader in toll interoperability, with nearly 35 million transponders in circulation today,” Shuey said. “The E-ZPass Group operates the largest toll network in the world, collecting more than $11 billion in annual toll revenues among member agencies.”
The mission of the E-ZPass Group is to enable E-ZPass members and affiliated toll operators to provide the motoring public with a seamless, accurate, interoperable method of paying tolls and fees electronically while preserving and expanding the E-ZPass program.
“Our vision is to become the preeminent toll-collection consortium that advances tolling interoperability throughout North America,” Shuey added. “E-ZPass Group members continue to work with our industry partners in advancing the goal of national interoperability among tolling agencies to improve safety, mobility and customer service in the areas we serve.”
Shuey’s goals during his two-year term as chair are to continue the growth of the organization into other toll systems and preparing the group for advancing technologies to help toll-system operators become more efficient and better prepared to manage traffic growth. He is also working to showcase the organization as a leader in intergovernmental cooperation.
“I look forward to working closely with Craig and our member agencies to improve the convenience and seamless travel our E-ZPass customers have come to appreciate,” said E-ZPass Group Executive Director P.J. Wilkins. “Our efforts to continue growing our system in other markets will ultimately boost mobility, safety and customer value across all regions we serve.”
Shuey was appointed chief operating officer of the PA Turnpike in January 2011; in that role, he is responsible for oversight, management and planning of day-to-day operation of 552 miles of Turnpike and more than 2,000 employees with direct oversight of six business units. A Bloomsburg University graduate, he previously served as the Turnpike’s government affairs director, a position he took in August 2009. Before that, Shuey served 15 years with the Pennsylvania Senate and was executive director of the Senate Transportation Committee.
The E-ZPass Group was founded in 1993 with seven member agencies in three states; today, the E-ZPass Group includes the 28 toll-agency members in 16 states and continues to grow. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has been a member agency since 2001 and presently managers two million E-ZPass accounts with nearly three million transponders in circulation.
To learn more visit http://www.e-zpassiag.com/.