CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) awarded Raytheon Company a $130 million contract for an all-electronic tolling system (AETS). Raytheon and a team of Massachusetts-based companies, including CDM Smith, will convert and replace all manual cash and electronic toll collection systems with overhead gantries that will automatically toll vehicles that pass under them. Drivers will be able to pass through the toll station at highway speeds without the need to slow down or stop.
The AETS will reduce congestion, travel times and vehicle emissions from stop-and-go driving at existing toll plazas. Vehicles equipped with existing E-ZPass transponders will work on the new AETS. The system will perform image-based tolling at highway speeds on non E-ZPass vehicles and send a toll invoice to the registered owner of the vehicle.
CDM Smith will provide infrastructure engineering, tolling design support services and traffic management. SPS New England (contractor) and Lyddell Brothers (gantry installation and AETS maintenance) round out the project team.
“CDM Smith’s proven performance and excellent relationship with MassDOT were key in this important win,” noted Kevin Johnson, client service leader. “Raytheon sought CDM Smith as their preferred partner because of our significant experience with MassDOT and our national leadership in tolling services. For more than 25 years, CDM Smith has been providing MassDOT with a full range of transportation services, including environmental permitting, highway and bridge engineering, utilities, field inspection and traffic engineering. In addition, CDM Smith has developed traffic and revenue forecasts that have been used in support of 300+ separate bond issues, including $22 billion of project finance in the last 5 years. CDM Smith has also conducted toll system design and toll operations studies for dozens of toll industry clients.”
The installation process is expected to begin in April 2015 and continue through December 2015. Raytheon will convert the Western Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Metropolitan Highway System, Sumner/Callahan and Ted Williams Tunnels, and the Tobin Bridge. The first phase of the project is the conversion of the Weston/Route 128 Interchange.
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