MODERNIZATION OF THE MAINE TURNPIKE: BRINGING THE NATION'S 2ND OLDEST TOLL HIGHWAY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY USING VARIOUS ITS APPLICATIONS

The Maine Turnpike, the nation's second oldest toll highway, opened in 1947, recently underwent major systemwide improvements, many of which involve the latest in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies. The improvements are designed to improve vehicular flow, increase motorist knowledge, and assist in construction and incident management. Several problems were identified as the volume of traffic increased on the Maine Turnpike. The existing ticket toll system was too costly because of large staffing requirements. Approximately 25% of the $40 million in revenue were being used to pay for toll plaza attendants. Also, significant queues were beginning to form at several toll plazas. Mainline vehicle queues were reaching in excess of 5 mi (8 km) frequently during summer weekend periods. Motorists sitting in queues caused by accidents, construction, or toll plaza delay were often uninformed as to the cause of the queue or unaware of possible alternate routes available.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 8p

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  • Accession Number: 00770299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication No. CD-006
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 24 1999 12:00AM