Cofiroute USA Manages Upgrade of 91 Express Lanes In Lane Operation; New Gantry to Manage Free Flowing Traffic

May 15, 2012


Cofiroute USA Manages Upgrade of 91 Express Lanes In-Lane Operation; New Gantry to Manage Free-Flowing Traffic



IRVINE, Calif. – Cofiroute USA, which first revolutionized the automation of toll roads in the United States with the opening of the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, Calif., announced a major milestone for a smoother, more efficient, free-flowing traffic experience in Southern California – the installation of a new gantry over the 91 Express Lanes with the latest technology for monitoring traffic.


The new gantry was installed by Caltrans to accommodate the addition of a new State Route 91 Freeway main lane. Cofiroute USA managed the new gantry installation as part of a five-year contract with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Cofiroute USA also worked closely with the in-lane equipment provider to ensure the trip data collected effectively integrated with the new 91 Express Lanes back office system recently implemented by Cofiroute USA in partnership with TollPlus. 


Gantries are bridge-like frameworks that span the toll road and are used to support the high-speed cameras and antennas used to monitor and capture toll lane trip data to accurately charge the commuter, the toll lane user.


The old gantry resembled an arch and spanned the entire freeway from center to shoulder. Rather than build an entirely new arch, Cofiroute USA operational personnel recommended Caltrans design and implement an L-shape gantry. The overhead cameras and antennas needed to record trips are mounted to the gantry. The gantry foundation extends 40 feet below the surface and provides a secure base to ensure the greatest equipment accuracy.


Jodie Talley, senior vice president of operations, said Cofiroute worked in partnership with the California Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol to close driving lanes at off-peak traffic hours during the night and on weekends to ensure minimal interruption. The installation of the new gantry and removal of the old was executed effortlessly, requiring closures for a total of 43.


“Drivers will probably never notice, which is our goal, but the new installation helps ensure a positive free-flowing traffic experience for all,” said Talley. 


Due to the gantry’s newly engineered shape, there will never be a need to reinstall or remove the installation, even if changes are made to the lanes, according to Talley. 


“The new design will not only save time on the road, but will also be a cost saver so money can be better invested in other road improvements and operations,” added Talley.

About Cofiroute USA:


Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Cofiroute USA provides a wide range of services to its public and private sector clients including total management of all toll operations: call center staffing, account management, website management, inventory management, support for enforcement and marketing and integrated revenue and account management systems (RAMS) for customer relationship management, system-wide monitoring, analysis and maintenance. The company helped create the world's first fully-automated toll facility – Southern California’s 91 Express Lanes. The 91Express Lanes operation in Orange County, California, which is now owned by Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and has become an international model for highly efficient, safe, driver-friendly operations. Cofiroute USA was also a key part of the team that converted the first high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to its toll road operations contracts, it is currently providing consulting services to public agencies planning new toll roads and converting high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to managed toll lanes in several regions, including North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and California. Cofiroute USA is backed by the global resources and experience of its parent company, Vinci, based in Paris, France, which had annual revenues of $45.7 billion (€ 33.4 billion) in 2010, with 190,000 employees in more than 100 countries.


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