IBTTA says resilience is standard

Tolling agencies often must deal with unexpected issues. It is not possible to move transport infrastructure in the event of severe weather, so it is necessary to find other ways to protect it. Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 proved to be a major challenge for transportation operations. In January 2013, the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) held a forum on adaptation and resilience to examine lessons learned from the storm. Participants of the forum saw emergency procedures and systems as essential to an effective response to weather disasters. Practices developed in response to hurricanes can also be used for other emergencies, including severe snowstorms, collapsed tunnels, and vehicles on fire. Emergency response has increasingly depended on social media to provide the public with updates on safety and closures. Technological innovations are changing the tolling industry. All-electronic tolling makes tolling more efficient, because it is not necessary for vehicles to slow down at collection booths. Roadway operations are constantly adapting to new and improved technology. The increased use of technology is good for the transportation sector, but complex systems are often prone to failure. To combat this, the American tolling industry is working to establish nationwide interoperability of their electronic tolling systems. Tolling agencies have a more stable source of funding than most other areas of transportation. Users will accept toll increases if they see the money being used to improve operations on the roads. Proactive and preventive investment is necessary to ensure safe and reliable mobility for users.

Language

  • English

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494957
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 26 2013 12:43AM