In Florida, the addition of Open Road Tolling (ORT) to an existing Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) mainline toll plaza decreased crashes by an estimated 22 to 26 percent.
Open Road Tolling and express ETC were implemented at the University Toll Plaza in the summer of 2003. Twenty months of data were collected at intervals prior to any construction, during construction, just after construction was completed and then again a few months later. To complete the evaluation of the new plaza design, the TPSIM computer simulation model was utilized. TPSIM is the Toll Plaza Simulation model developed by the University of Central Florida’s Transportation Systems Institute. Delays at the plaza decreased substantially after implementation compared to the evaluation results prior to construction.
- An analysis of crash data resulted in a 22 percent drop in total crashes at the plaza and 26 percent drop in the plaza’s area of influence.
- Based on the total crashes, average AADT (Annual Average Daily Traffic), and estimated vehicle-miles (in the area of influence), a calculated crash rate shows an overall reduction of 49 percent.
Evaluation of Impacts from Deployment of an Open Road Tolling Concept for a Mainline Toll Plaza
Author: Klodzinski, Jack, Eric Gordin, and Haitham M. Al-Deek
Published By: Paper Presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
Source Date: 21-25 January 2007
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