RICHARDSON, TEXAS, MARCH 14, 2016
Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) and Electronic Transaction Consultants (ETC) worked closely to implement innovative transportation solutions on one of the agency’s most congested and regionally significant corridors: Interstate 580 (I-580) in eastern Alameda County through the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore. The east- and west-bound express lanes opened on I-580 February 19 and 22, 2016 to address recurring and forecasted traffic congestion.
The completion of roadway infrastructure improvements in mid-December 2015 enabled ETC to finalize the roadside toll system equipment installation and facilitate the agency to open the express lanes to traffic. The I-580 Express Lanes span 14 miles providing one express lane westbound and two express lanes in the eastbound direction to commuters. The dynamically priced express lanes provide a new choice to solo drivers while supporting carpooling and transit. By optimizing the unused capacity in carpool lanes, express lanes improve the travel conditions to all corridor users. While solo drivers pay a toll when the time savings is a value to them, carpools, vanpools, eligible clean-air vehicles, transit and motorcycles travel for free, using a new toll tag called FasTrak® Flex.
The I-580 Express Lanes is the second project in Alameda County for which ETC provides dynamic pricing toll system solutions. The other, Alameda CTC’s I-680 Southbound Express Lane, the first express lane in northern California, has been operational since 2010.
Kanda Raj, Express Lanes Program Manager, commented, “The primary objective of the new express lanes is to improve mobility and travel efficiency within the region. ETC staff provided innovative value pricing solutions to the agency that are critical in meeting project objectives.”
“We believe the innovative dynamic pricing technology implemented on the new express lanes will provide I-580 commuters with flexibility and convenience as well as reduce congestion in the corridor for years to come,” said Keith Rayborn, chief executive officer of ETC. “We are proud to once again assist Alameda CTC on this important regional project.”
For more information on the I-580 and I-680 Express Lane Projects, please visit www.alamedactc.org/expresslanes
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ETC is a leading systems and services provider for the tolling and transportation industries. The Company’s nearly two decades of delivering technically sophisticated solutions has supported many of the country’s largest toll authorities and helped transform the industry with first-of-its- kind advancements. ETC’s solutions collect more than $2 billion in toll transactions every year.
ETC’s enterprise-wide solutions provide the full range of functionality required to support all-electronic toll collection, dynamic pricing, interoperability, audit and reconciliation, and reporting. Its lane-to-back office integrated solutions are supported by an impressive array of operations and maintenance services. ETC’s solutions can be delivered at the modular level or as an integrated, enterprise-wide solution. They can provided as a customer-delivered model or through a hosted environment at ETC’s state-of-the-art technology and operations centers. For additional information, please see www.etcc.com.