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IBTTA TO HOST SUMMIT TO EXAMINE HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY GLOBALLY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
CONTACT: Bill Cramer, Communications Director
202-659-4620 x26 | 202-210-2962 (mobile)


International Summit Will Discuss All-Electronic Tolling, Managed Lanes and Interoperability with Domestic and Global Experts, July 24-26 in Boston, MA

Washington, D.C. – The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) announced today it will be hosting an international summit on the future of tolling with some of the world’s top transportation and mobility experts.  The transportation summit will discuss the latest technological advances in tolling in the U.S. and around the world. IBTTA’s summit, All-Electronic Tolling (AET), Managed Lanes and Interoperability Summit: Technology and Business of Innovative Tolling”, will be held July 24-26 in Boston, MA at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza.

"With more than 500 transportation leaders from around the globe gathering in Boston, the summit will showcase the latest and best innovations in tolling and transportation, as well as lessons learned from tolling projects," said Earl J. "Buddy" Croft, III, Executive Director, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Providence, Rhode Island and President of IBTTA.

According to a recent IBTTA 2016 National Toll Facilities Analysis, today's drivers can expect more convenient travel on our nation's toll funded roads, tunnels and bridges thanks to the 37 million electronic toll accounts and 55 million active toll transponders currently in use across the country today. 

The New England Toll Operators (NETO) are co-hosting the summit. The NETO agencies include: The Maine Turnpike Authority, The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, The New Hampshire Department of Transportation and The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Keynote Speaker, David L. Strickland, Partner, Venable LLP, Washington, DC, and former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will address a range of topics from highway safety, auto safety and how technology is rapidly changing transit and transportation as we know it during the opening session of the Summit on Sunday afternoon.

Speakers:
Earl J. ‘Buddy” Croft, III, Executive Director, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Providence, Rhode Island and President of IBTTA;
Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA;
Thomas Tinlin, Highway Administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation;
Peter Mills, Executive Director, Maine Turnpike Authority;
Laura Marriott, Toll Collection Manager, New Hampshire Department of Transportation;
Peter Garino, Chief Operating Officer, Rhode Island Department of Transportation;
Thomas Maziarz, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Policy and Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation;
Donald Fisher, Ph.D. Principal Technical Advisor,  Surface Transportation Human Factors, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center;
Thomas Bamonte, Program Manager, Automated Vehicles, North Central Texas Council of Governments;
Kirk Ballou, Chief Architect, Touch Titans, LLC; and
Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation.

Speakers from Austria, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and Israel will add to the summit’s international perspective. Please click here to view the full list of speakers and review the entire summit program.

"In addition to a robust roster of speakers and interesting workshops, we're very excited about two new features at the Summit this year--IBTTA's Innovation 'Tech Talks' and a challenge to Northeastern University professional engineering students to solve a Boston transportation issue," said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA.

The IBTTA Innovation ‘Tech Talks’ will provide a platform for thought leaders and problem solvers to share innovative products, services or ideas. The student challenge, which focuses on relieving congestion in Boston, is titled: How Can Intelligent Mobility Solutions Involving User-Financing Help Give the Next Generation of Bostonians a More Livable and Attractive City?

Press registration is complimentary with proper journalist credentials. To register for the conference, please contact Harry Smith, hsmith@ibtta.org. To set up interviews with speakers or for press related questions, please contact Bill Cramer, Communications Director, IBTTA, at bcramer@ibtta.org or 202-210-2962.

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About IBTTA
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ibtta.org or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.

New England Toll Operators
The Maine Turnpike Authority is a leader in user-fee highway travel and a significant contributor to Maine’s transportation system. The Authority’s primary function is to operate and maintain a toll express highway through its short-term and long-term capital improvement plans. For more information, please visit www.maineturnpike.com.

MassDOT oversees roads, public transit, aeronautics and transportation licensing and registration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.massdot.state.ma.us.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation comprises three limited access highways: The Blue Star Turnpike (I-95) and the Spaulding Turnpike, which are collectively referred to as the Eastern Turnpike, and the Central Turnpike, which is commonly known as FE Everett Turnpike and constitutes portions of I-293 and I-93. For more information, please visit www.nh.gov/dot.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority operates and maintains the Mount Hope Bridge, the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge, and Route 138 through Jamestown, the Newport Pell Bridge, and the Sakonnet River Bridge. RITBA was created in 1954 by the Rhode Island General Assembly as a body corporate and politic, with powers to construct, acquire, maintain, and operate bridge projects as defined by law. For more information, visit www.ritba.org.