TransCore to upgrade tolling systems on international cross-border Thousand Islands Bridge

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The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA) has selected TransCore to design, develop and maintain a next-generation toll collection system for its iconic international bridge that connects Wellesley Island, New York State (USA) to Hill Island, Ontario (Canada).

As one of the leading developers of next-generation open road tolling (ORT) and traffic management systems, TransCore, will replace TIBA’s legacy system, which was installed in 1992, with its flagship Infinity Digital Lane System.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art technology, the new system enables seamless interoperability, for both local residents and those that travel throughout North America, to further enhance mobility and bi-national trade between the USA and Canada.

The Infinity system will be fully-integrated with the Customer Service Center operations of the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and provides TIBA with the industry’s latest electronic toll collection functionality and a pathway to benefit from future system enhancements as technology evolves.

TransCore will also install its Encompass 6 multiprotocol readers to process E-ZPass transponder transactions and issue eGo Plus sticker tags to support TIBA’s commuter discount fare program. TransCore will manage the discount program with its Integrity Back Office System. The TIBA program offers tolling discounts to daily commuters or frequent travelers. TransCore will maintain the new system in partnership with TIBA staff, employing its Insight Maintenance Online Management System. The new system will also have the capability to remotely configure lanes and monitor system performance 24/7/365 in real time from TransCore’s remote Maintenance Monitoring Centers established throughout the USA.

TransCore’s Infinity tolling system integrates automatic vehicle identification, vehicle classification, and video capture and recognition systems specifically designed to automatically and accurately collect transactions in high-volume traffic across a wide variety of traffic speeds and patterns. Infinity’s fully-integrated digital video audit system also provides agencies with a real-time, user-friendly tool to facilitate true end-to-end revenue traceability and auditability.

“The opening of the Thousand Islands Bridge 80 years ago marked a new era of connectivity and commerce between our two nations,” said TIBA’s executive director, Robert G Horr III. “We fully expect this new toll collection system to enable even greater international convenience and mobility, and support long-term expected growth in the region.”

TransCore’s vice president, Sean Persaud, commented, “We fully recognize the importance this new toll collection system will have on international mobility and trade. We are honored to partner with TIBA and share their vision for a tolling solution that can continually evolve to meet the needs of a changing international transportation landscape.”

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