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Highway Issues. Rear-End Accidents. At barrier toll plazas Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA), 49% Pennsylvania Toll Highway System, 30% New Jersey Toll Authority System, 38%. Traditional Toll Plaza Lanes. At barrier toll plazas Manual cash Automatic coin Electronic collection

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rear end accidents
Rear-End Accidents

At barrier toll plazas

  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA), 49%
  • Pennsylvania Toll Highway System, 30%
  • New Jersey Toll Authority System, 38%
traditional toll plaza lanes
Traditional Toll Plaza Lanes
  • At barrier toll plazas
    • Manual cash
    • Automatic coin
    • Electronic collection
  • Vehicles must stop or slow down
open road toll plaza lanes
Open Road Toll Plaza Lanes
  • At open road toll plazas
    • Vehicles identified electronically
    • Vehicles allowed to drive nonstop

Source: Illinois Tollway

open road tolling
Open Road Tolling
  • Improves overall safety
    • Eliminates queuing at toll plazas
    • Reduces rear-end accidents
  • Florida DOT 2003 study
    • Pre-ORT, 27 rear-end accidents
    • Post-ORT, 12 rear-end accidents
  • States believe tolling provides funding for highway expansion
toll plaza design guidance
Toll Plaza Design Guidance
  • No guidelines or standards
    • AASHTO’s Green Book
    • FHWA’s MUTCD
  • FHWA and IBTTA goal
    • Best practices report
    • Consistent national strategies
  • Report expected summer 2006
summary
Summary
  • Lack of national toll plaza design standards
  • Need for design uniformity to ensure toll road safety