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PA Turnpike Commission Wins Prestigious 2019 President’s Award from International Transportation Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 16, 2019

CONTACT: Bill Cramer, Communications Director – 202.210.2962 mobile


Today, During IBTTA’s Annual Meeting, The PA Turnpike was Selected for Top Honors for a Web Based Application
to Monitor Roadways for Early Detection and Response to Emergencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today during its 87th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) announced it has awarded the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission the prestigious 2019 President’s Award for Toll Excellence. IBTTA is the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them. The President’s Award for Toll Excellence is the top honor the international transportation association gives out each year.  

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was named the winner of the 2019 President’s Award for Toll Excellence for the development of a suite of web based applications, “Catch it Early, Act, Analyze and Review” allowing duty officers to respond proactively to situations as they arise in order to maintain traffic flow and more effectively monitor driver’s travel times across the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

PTC is one of six tolling agencies recognized earlier this year as a Toll Excellence Award winner. The President’s Award for Toll Excellence is selected from this group of previous awardees as the “winner among winners.” 

“We are thrilled to award the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission the prestigious 2019 President’s Award for Toll Excellence for its embrace of new technologies,” said Patrick Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA. “Its innovative ideas and approach have resulted in faster response times, increased traffic flow and safer trips for drivers. We congratulate them for being a leader in the transportation industry.”

“The PA Turnpike certainly appreciates this acknowledgment and honor of receiving the President’s Award from IBTTA and our industry partners. Our key guiding principles at the PA Turnpike include safety, innovation and customer service, and this suite of apps is remarkable because it envelopes them all,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “I am extremely pleased how our team collaborated on these solutions — which will help improve situational awareness and enhance safety for our contracted responders, maintenance employees and customers.”

You can view the other innovative projects here at IBTTA’s 2019 Toll Excellence Awards.


About the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission operates and maintains 552 miles of toll roads in the commonwealth. It oversees 68 fare-collection facilities, 17 service plazas and 27 maintenance facilities. With more than 2,000 employees, it generated $1.2 billion in annual toll revenue from 201.2 million vehicles in the fiscal year 2018. Known as “America’s First Superhighway,” it opened Oct. 1, 1940. To learn more, visit



The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in 23 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, please visit