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Making the Difference, Spring 2011

From the President...

As President of IBTTA in 2011, I’ve adopted the theme “Making the Difference.” I decided on this theme as I’ve watched our industry make a big difference in improving mobility around the world. Who makes a difference in our world? People who have credibility. People who have a long record of service to an idea, a cause, a people, or an industry. What is the difference? The difference in our industry is higher levels of safety; a commitment to customer service and sustainability; and the ability to use technology and finance in elegant ways to improve access to mobility.

I’m especially encouraged by the public’s renewed interest in transportation. One of the most promising signs is voters’ approval of significant transportation investments that were on the ballot in the U.S. in 2010. The Center for Transportation Excellence found that U.S. voters approved 44 of 57 transportation-related ballot measures last year. This demonstrates strong public support for transportation funding and infrastructure improvements. Coupled with apparent voter disdain for raising taxes, the challenge for policy makers will be coming up with funding. The opportunity for both the tolling industry and public private partnerships seems clear.

We in the toll industry have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in America and around the world by demonstrating that tolling is a fair, reliable and time-tested way to fund, develop, and operate road infrastructure. I’m proud to have the opportunity to lead an association whose members are leaders in providing customer-driven mobility through their expertise in transportation finance, technology, management and operations.

Frank McCartney, Executive Directo, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

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