MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) has been selected by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to upgrade the toll systems on the Interstate 15 (I-15) Express Lanes and the State Route 125 toll road (South Bay Expressway). Kapsch will replace all in-lane equipment and provide a state-of-the-art software support system that monitors and controls all roadside equipment and data. The project will allow SANDAG to offer its customers a more seamless journey on both roadways by implementing modern technology and streamlining all maintenance and operation activities.
The I-15 Express Lanes and South Bay Expressway currently operate on separate systems. Kapsch will initially provide a single, fully-expandable system at 36 toll points along a 20-mile stretch of I-15, and at 16 toll points along the entire ten-mile length of the South Bay Expressway. Future expansion of the system is possible. Kapsch will install new Vehicle Detection and Classification (nVDC) sensors at all toll locations along the I-15 Express Lanes and the South Bay Expressway. The nVDC is an innovative and versatile sensor product that uses stereoscopic video to identify, track, and classify vehicles through the entire toll zone, and correlates license plate images with vehicle transponder reads to ensure accurate toll transaction processing. The nVDC can provide a visual confirmation for vehicle classification and does not require any additional in-pavement equipment, thereby lowering maintenance costs by reducing the need for road closures. Kapsch will provide maintenance support for all technology deployed for the life of the project.
“We look forward to working with SANDAG to streamline its operations with new technology,” said Chris Murray, president of Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “Integrating the two roads within a single system will provide an efficient and consistent way for drivers to travel in the San Diego region.” Ray Traynor, SANDAG Director of Operations, concluded: “SANDAG is committed to improving the experience of our customers who use the SR 125 South Bay Expressway and the I-15 Express Lanes. Kapsch technology will streamline our toll collection operations into one system, a benefit for our customers.”
Kapsch will manage the project locally from its regional office in San Diego County. SANDAG issued Kapsch a notice to proceed on December 21, 2017. Both highways are expected to be upgraded and the system fully operational in the second half of 2019.
Kapsch TrafficCom is a provider of intelligent transportation systems in the fields of tolling, traffic management, smart urban mobility, traffic safety and security, and connected vehicles. As a one-stop solutions provider, Kapsch TrafficCom offers end-to-end solutions covering the entire value creation chain of its customers, from components and design to the implementation and operation of systems. The mobility solutions supplied by Kapsch TrafficCom help make road traffic safer and more reliable, efficient, and comfortable in urban areas and on highways alike while helping to reduce pollution.
Kapsch TrafficCom is an internationally renowned provider of intelligent transportation systems thanks to the many projects it has brought to successful fruition in more than 50 countries around the globe. As part of the Kapsch Group, Kapsch TrafficCom has subsidiaries and branches in more than 30 countries. It has been listed in the Prime Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2007 (ticker symbol: KTCG). Kapsch TrafficCom currently has more than 4,800 employees, and generated revenue of approximately EUR 648 million in fiscal year 2016/17.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.