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Tolling Industry Leaders to Meet in San Diego to Discuss New Technologies Transforming Infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
CONTACT: Kristofer Eisenla, LUNA+EISENLA media
kristofer@lunaeisenlamedia.com | 202-670-5747 (mobile)
 

International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Assoc. to Hold Industry’s Largest Meeting on
All Electronic Tolling, Managed Lanes & Interoperability, July 20-22


WASHINGTON, DC – The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and businesses that serve them, today announced the agenda and line-up of speakers for the tolling industry’s upcoming summit on new technologies transforming mobility throughout California and the world. Gary Gallegos, Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Mike Kraman, Acting CEO of Orange County’s toll road agencies, will be featured on a panel.

IBTTA’s 8th Annual Summit on All-Electronic Tolling, Managed Lanes & Interoperability will take place from Sunday, July 20 to Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in downtown San Diego, California. The summit will focus on new technologies, such as All-Electronic Tolling (AET), that continue to shape the customers’ experience and the future of transportation.

The keynote speaker for the Summit is Joseph Kopser, CEO and Co-Founder of RideScout, a technology platform that aggregates public, private and social rideshare on its free iOS and Android apps, allowing people to search and compare ground transportation options on demand and in real time. 

 

In addition, the summit will also feature many of California’s top transportation leaders discussing the current issues and opportunities facing the Golden State. On Sunday’s panel, “Is California Dreaming? No Way!” Gallegos will discuss the agency’s lowering of tolls on South Bay Expressway (the State Route 125 toll road) and  progress on State Route 11, which will connect to the future Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. Kraman will discuss TCA’s recent move to all-electronic-tolling, the importance of interoperability and how the TCA toll roads in Orange County were the first in the state thanks to the visionary leadership of the agency and its ability to leverage public-private partnership opportunities.

You can view the summit’s full agenda, including a list of speakers and panelists, here.

 

WHO:  International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association, including transportation leaders from California and around the world

WHAT: The Tolling Industry’s Largest "Summit on All-Electronic Tolling, Managed Lanes & Interoperability”

WHEN: Sunday, July 20 - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WHERE: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

This year’s IBTTA Summit is being hosted by two members SANDAG – the regional decision-making forum for the 18 cities and county government in the San Diego region – and the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) – Orange County’s 67-mile toll road system.

The summit comes during this year’s critical debate in Congress on how to best fund the nearly insolvent federal Highway Trust Fund and pass the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill. IBTTA and its members have been vocal advocates to allow states the maximum flexibility needed to fund their transportation needs, including tolling. Tolling is a viable, proven and increasingly popular tool for states, to fund major infrastructure projects. 

In 2013, IBTTA launched Moving America Forward, a public awareness campaign that highlights the benefits of tolling to elected officials, policymakers, the media, and the general public. For additional information on the campaign, including fact sheets, background documents, and other materials, please click here.

** Media interested in attending this year’s IBTTA “Summit on All-Electronic Tolling, Managed Lanes & Interoperability” are asked to RSVP to:  Kristofer Eisenla at kristofer@lunaeisenlamedia.com **

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About IBTTA
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 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.