Electronic toll collection (ETC) systems are operating today in the United States and around the world. In Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and New Jersey, and on portions of the Illinois Turnpike and throughout the Oklahoma Turnpike system, agencies have implemented ETC systems that are reducing congestion and improving the efficiency of revenue collection. Toll agencies in California, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are moving forward with the implementation of ETC systems, and many others are investigating their feasibility. These systems also operate in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Automatic vehicle identification (AVI) is the technology that makes these ETC systems possible. This article discusses the following as they relate to ETC: the role of ETC in transportation; available technologies and characteristics; accuracy and reliability; standards and protocols; regulation; traffic operations; enforcement; privacy and equity; other legal and institutional issues; cost considerations; serviceability and maintenance; patron payment options; and status of ETC projects.

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    • Page range: pp 10-13, 36.
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    Transportation Research Board

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  • Authors:
    • Pietrzyk, M C
    • Mierzejewski, E A
  • Publication Date: 1994-11


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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 14-19
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 175
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
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    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 00674220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 2 1995 12:00AM