Daily News Briefs, October 14, 2021

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GEICO Assumes Sponsorship Of The Maine Turnpike Safety Patrol

The Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) announced that GEICO is the new sponsor of the Maine Turnpike Safety Patrol. Under GEICO sponsorship, “over 1,000 additional hours of patrol time will be provided to Turnpike motorists every year. These additional hours represent 41% of the total patrol coverage hours. . . .” MTA notes that patrol unit services — which include removing disabled vehicles and hazardous debris from the roadway — are particularly important “because in the United States, 20% of crashes result from a previous crash, and for every minute a primary incident remains a hazard, the likelihood of a secondary crash increases by 2.8%.” “With GEICO support,” MTA stated, “the patrol will provide vital services to motorists in need and improve mobility in Maine for years to come.”

Customer Service Experience Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Maine Maine Turnpike Authority

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Online Conference Will Explore Vehicle Occupancy Verification Solutions For Tollway Operators

Toll Insight notes that vehicle occupancy verification is a problem for toll road operators that choose to offer discounted rates or exemptions for carpools and must rely on the police to visually enforce HOV policies. Estimates are that drivers abusing or neglecting occupancy requirements account for a significant percentage of declared HOV volume. Digital enforcement and deterrence technologies now available for the toll industry are the subject of a forthcoming Toll Insight conference. Registration is free for public agencies. Private companies can register at a discounted rate using the promo code “TRN” through tomorrow.

Carpooling ETC Systems Intelligent Transportation Systems Toll Discount And Equity Programs

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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