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By Beth Bacheldor

TransCore to Provide All-Electronic Tolling for NYC Bridges, Tunnels

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has selected TransCore to convert all nine of its bridges and tunnels to All-Electronic Tolling (AET) that uses RFID, according to TransCore.

New York has been using RFID-enabled tolling for several years (see Efforts to Aid Adoption of ISO 18000-6C RFID for Toll Collection Move Forward). The new contract, TransCore explains, includes the company's Infinity Digital Lane System on bridges and tunnels, which 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. The Infinity system automatically reads E-ZPass toll tags, enabling vehicles to cross the facilities without stopping.

The E-ZPass system, used by agencies spread across multiple northeastern states that constitute the E-ZPass Interagency Group (IAG), have adopted 915 MHz active tags employing a proprietary air-interface protocol. For the Infinity system being implemented in New York, TransCore indicates, commuters without an E-ZPass will also be able to drive through unimpeded, as cameras installed on the gantries can automatically read each vehicle's license plate. Motorists will then receive a toll charge in the mail. For the MTA, TransCore notes, Infinity's fully integrated digital video audit system provides auditors with a real-time, user-friendly tool to facilitate end-to-end revenue traceability and auditability.

A according to TransCore, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo first announced the New York Crossings Project in October 2016, as a broad initiative to reduce traffic congestion and decrease vehicle emissions for the 800,000 commuters who cross these roads and bridges daily. Under an accelerated rollout schedule, the company expects to finish converting the first three facilities by January 2017, with the remaining conversions slated for completion through November 2017.

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