[Editor: This is the text of a July 19, 2016, news release from TransCore.]
TransCore Completes Newest Segments of Houston’s Grand Parkway
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– TransCore, a leader in transportation solutions, recently completed the installation of 37.8 miles of all-electronic toll system equipment along the Houston area’s Grand Parkway. The 188-mile Grand Parkway, State Highway 99, is comprised of 11 segments and will ultimately traverse seven counties. With six of the 11 segments now completed, the Grand Parkway has already exceeded all traffic and revenue forecasts, nearly doubling the number of transactions handled in February 2015.
“The Grand Parkway undertaking is indeed historic, and will surely set the standard for others to follow in providing innovative solutions that serve the regional mobility needs of large metropolitan cities,” said Michael E. Stone, PMP, with the Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority.
The Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation selected TransCore to serve as lead integrator for their comprehensive toll collection systems. In this capacity, TransCore is designing, implementing, and maintaining the toll collection system for all segments of the Grand Parkway, as well as two segments along the Fort Bend Tollway and the Westpark Tollway.
All toll locations will be equipped with TransCore’s Infinity∞ Digital Lane System™, which consists of Encompass® 6 readers that enable toll interoperability within the region, the Intelligent Vehicle Identification System to accurately classify vehicles, and the Vehicle Capture and Recognition System® to capture video images.
“With nearly 300 of our employees living and working in Houston and throughout Texas, we all share the vision for safer, more convenient mobility options,” said Whitt Hall, senior vice president of Tolling, TransCore. “We take great pride in the trust that transportation agencies throughout the state of Texas have placed in us, and we remain committed to providing the most advanced solutions and highest level of customer service on every project.”
TransCore has partnered with transportation agencies throughout Texas for over 30 years, beginning with the design and deployment of the nation’s first electronic toll collection system for the North Texas Tollway Authority in Dallas. Since then, TransCore has deployed its toll collection system in hundreds of lanes throughout the state, including the nation’s largest High Occupancy Tolling (HOT) lane system for the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and the Harris County Toll Road Authority’s entire network. In 2012, TxDOT selected TransCore as the statewide integrator for all new toll collection lanes deployed throughout the state of Texas.
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.
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