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Queensland Motorways announces successful transition to free-flow tolling

The transition to free-flow or open-road tolling (ORT) on the Gateway and Logan motorways has successfully concluded, Queensland Motorways has announced, with all associated roadworks now completed and traffic flowing at full speed through all toll points.

Australian Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace, says that since the original motorway cash toll booths closed in July, motorists had quickly adjusted to the new free-flow tolling system that has replaced them. “Following the closure of the booths, a substantial civil works program has continued over the past three months, involving the demolition of toll booths and the reinstatement of road surface and associated works around toll points,” he says.

Left: Australian Main Roads Minister, Craig Wallace

“With those works now complete, the people of Brisbane can now see the full benefits of free-flow tolling in place,” Wallace continues. “By eliminating the need for drivers to stop to pay tolls, it immediately increases safety and the average speed of traffic flow, with motorists able to save up to 10 minutes in travel time across the Logan and Gateway motorway network. Since the introduction of free-flow tolling, traffic incidents around the toll points have reduced by as much as 80%, as cars no longer have to weave and merge in and out of toll plazas.”

Wallace says the free-flow tolling project had been delivered two years earlier than originally planned and would enable Queensland Motorways to make improvements to traffic management in the future. “Importantly, it allows Queensland Motorways to digitally capture and analyze information about the vehicles using the motorways,” he adds. “The new technology and systems provide the platform to enhance traffic management and overall capacity of the motorways for many years to come.”

Right: Vitronic’s TollCheckerfreeflow system is at the center of the Free-Flow Tolling implementation project in Brisbane

Queensland Motorways CEO, Phil Mumford, says the project’s success was largely due to the collaborative partnerships formed between his team – IBM, Thales, Vitronic and the Logan Alliance. “IBM delivered the central system and focused on aligning the business and IT resources during the project,” Mumford explains. “Thales and Vitronic delivered the roadside system, and the Logan Alliance – comprising Queensland Motorways, BMD Constructions and Kellogg Brown & Root – delivered the civil works. Drawing on the specialized expertise of our project partners, we have developed and implemented highly sophisticated roadside and back-office systems. The technology and system developed and implemented will greatly assist us in providing customers with access to information such as projected travel times and help them make informed travel decisions well into the future. The idea is to ultimately have ‘a motorway that thinks’ – a more intelligent solution that will give our customers a better range of options for their journeys.”

 

November 13, 2009

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