Kapsch awarded toll system provider contract for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges

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By Thinking Highways May 14, 2015 15:15

Kapsch awarded toll system provider contract for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges

The Downtown Crossing will connect downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville

The North American subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom AG has been awarded a contract by the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) to be the Toll System Provider for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges (LSIORB). The comprehensive project includes the installation, integration, operation, and maintenance of an end-to-end open road toll collection system, as well as back office system and customer service centre operation at the three bridges that will connect Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN. As a cooperative project between the states of Kentucky and Indiana, the initiative represents a joint commitment to improving the region’s transportation system by alleviating congestion, increasing safety and mobility, and stimulating economic development. Kapsch will manage the project from its local office located in the Louisville-Southern Indiana area. Total value of this project to Kapsch TrafficCom North America is $41 million, with the bridges set to open for tolling by the end of 2016.

Kapsch awarded contract as toll system provider for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges 2 (H) 2015-05-14

The East End Crossing project, currently under construction by WVB East End Partners, will connect the east end of Louisville, near Prospect, to southern Indiana, near Utica.

The initial project scope includes the addition of tolling infrastructure to the soon-to-be-completed New Downtown Bridge and the East End Bridge, as well as to the existing Kennedy Bridge, which will be temporarily closed and renovated to increase capacity across the Ohio River and improve mobility in the Louisville-Southern Indiana region. Kapsch will design the tolling equipment and software, provide customer account management systems, oversee transponder distribution, and maintain customer service operations and walk-in retail centres.

Kapsch will be deploying and operating proven systems and components that have been successfully implemented on projects around the world. “This is another important step for us to strengthen our position in North American growth market,” said Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. “Our expertise and knowledge gathered in projects all around the world is meant to add value both to infrastructure officials and road users.” The LSIORB tolling system will enable the use of toll tags operating on the ISO 18000 6C protocol, as well as TDM protocol-based transponders (E-ZPass®), giving customers the option to purchase a toll tag for local use or for travel within an out-of-state toll network. Compatibility with these two systems signifies the LSIORB project as an important milestone in tolling interoperability, as it facilitates mobility for motorists and for toll operators between regions by using shared technologies.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways May 14, 2015 15:15