[Editor: This is the text of a July 5, 2016, news release from TransCore.]
TransCore Completes Electronic Tolling Upgrade on Bob Sikes Bridge in Florida
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise advances statewide tolling interoperability
NASHVILLE, TN — TransCore, a leader in transportation solutions, has successfully upgraded the Bob Sikes Bridge’s tolling system to its Infinity∞ Digital Lane System™. Passage across the bridge was previously only allowed with cash or annual passes, whereas drivers may now also utilize SunPass® transponders for more convenient, expeditious access to Pensacola Beach.
The upgrade also makes the bridge compatible with other toll roads and bridges in the state, enabling Escambia County and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) to meet the Federal requirement for interoperable tolling by October 1, 2016. Interoperability enables Florida motorists to travel throughout the State and access all toll roads utilizing a single transponder.
“With summer upon us, the deployment of electronic tolling on the Bob Sikes Bridge is a welcome addition to both our residents and many visitors,” said Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson.
TransCore’s Infinity∞ Digital Lane System is a proven product comprised of off-the-shelf components that are installed throughout the state of Florida. Its modular or “blade-based” architecture extends the life of the system well beyond other tolling systems that only achieve a useful life of 5-7 years and add unnecessary burdens to local transportation budgets. The Infinity system integrates automatic vehicle identification, vehicle classification, and video capture and recognition systems specifically designed to automatically collect transactions in high-volume traffic across a wide variety of traffic speeds and patterns with the highest degrees of accuracy in the industry.
“We’re proud to support Escambia County by bringing innovative solutions that enhance mobility for their patrons, while also maintaining FTE’s path towards interoperability,” said Jim Wilson, senior vice president and Florida toll manager with TransCore.
TransCore has partnered with FTE and other State transportation agencies since the mid-1990s, developing and deploying Florida’s most advanced and integrated all-electronic and open road tolling solutions.
A leader in the transportation industry, TransCore provides innovative, technical solutions and engineering services for applications encompassing next generation Open Road Tolling and Traffic Management Systems. We operate award-winning tolling customer service centers for departments of transportation throughout the U.S. and internationally. A pioneer in Radio Frequency Identification systems used in the transportation industry, we secure access for airports, hospitals, parking garages, border patrols, trucking fleets and the rail industry.
Based in Nashville, Tenn., TransCore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roper Technologies, a diversified technology company in the S&P 500, Fortune 1000 and Russell 1000 indices.