Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a Xerox Company, will install an electronic toll system that enables the ExpressLanes to communicate with transponders attached to registered vehicles. Drivers will be required to flip a switch on the transponder to toggle between when they are driving solo and subject to a toll; or carpooling free of charge. We assume they'll have a timer or data logger of some sort, so you can't just flip one on after the fuzz has pulled you over.
David Amoriell, group president of Transportation Solutions for ACS, states that the ExpressLanes project aims to "expand the capacity of the interstate without adding expensive new lanes." Infrastructure still needs to be built, though, and construction of the ExpressLanes is scheduled to commence by mid-summer, with completion set for late 2012. Who wants to ride in one?
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Drivers on two of the busiest highways in Los Angeles County could cut their travel times under a new electronic toll system allowing single passenger vehicles to shift into the HOV lanes. Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), A Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX), will establish the program allowing toll rates to change based on traffic levels to help reduce highway congestion on the new 'ExpressLanes'.
"ACS' expertise in applying intelligent transportation practices will allow drivers on I-10 and I-110 in Los Angeles County to make better use of the highway without having to stop and pay a toll"
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will convert portions of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 from "car pool" or high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to ExpressLanes or high occupancy toll lanes, allowing people driving alone to travel in existing car pool lanes for a toll. To help manage traffic volumes, tolls for single passenger vehicles will vary based on the average speed of traffic traveling in the ExpressLanes. General purpose lanes will remain free for all vehicles.
"ACS' expertise in applying intelligent transportation practices will allow drivers on I-10 and I-110 in Los Angeles County to make better use of the highway without having to stop and pay a toll," said David Amoriell, group president of Transportation Solutions for ACS. "Essentially this project will expand the capacity of the interstate without adding expensive new lanes."
Vehicles travelling in the new ExpressLanes must have a FasTrak toll account and a small transponder. Drivers will set a switch on their transponder so the toll system knows if they are driving alone and be charged; or part of a car pool and drive for free in the ExpressLanes. Sensors on the interstate will calculate any tolls and automatically deduct the proper amount from the driver's prepaid account. The ExpressLanes will be designed to keep traffic moving at a minimum 45 mph speed.
Off the road, ACS will manage the Customer Service Center, and Xerox will provide additional expertise and efficiency for Metro in the printing and mailing of statements and notices.
Construction of the ExpressLanes Project is scheduled to begin by the middle of this year with the lanes scheduled to open to traffic in late 2012. ACS is on the project team led by Atkinson Construction and includes AECOM and Steiny & Company.
ACS is the largest provider of transportation technology services worldwide, including parking, tolling, mass transit and photo enforcement services supporting governments in 30 countries. ACS currently manages 1.4 billion toll transactions annually and 10 million transponder accounts.
Xerox Corporation is a $22 billion leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to focus on what they do best: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Through ACS, A Xerox Company, which Xerox acquired in February 2010, Xerox also offers extensive business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, HR benefits management, finance support, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The 136,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit http://www.xerox.com, http://news.xerox.com, http://www.realbusiness.com or http://www.acs-inc.com. For investor information, visit http://www.xerox.com/investor.