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HDR's Phil Riggio Answers Four Questions about All-Electronic Tolling for Managed Lanes and Toll Roads

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Phil Riggio

HDR’s latest Experts Talk interview introduces Phil Riggio, P.E., transportation technology section lead and the fourth of HDR Advanced Technologies for Surface Transportation experts to be interviewed for the series.

Riggio addresses all-electronic tolling for managed lanes and toll roads and explores how AET is encouraging more efficient use of our transportation infrastructure. He also looks at emerging transportation technologies that enable and facilitate these changes.

“Just as the first electronic toll collection shared a manned toll plaza with cash transactions or token baskets, there most likely will be a significant transition period where automated vehicles share the road with human-driven vehicles,” Riggio predicts. “During this transition, we should expect today’s state-of-the-art AET approach to work in parallel with future tolling methods.”

At HDR, Riggio brings three decades of experience in leveraging technology to solve transportation problems. He recently addressed congestion management issues on HDR projects for the I-395/I-95 express lanes in northern Virginia. He served as the intelligent transportation systems and tolling lead for the I-395 express lanes and performed preliminary design for the ITS and tolling elements of the concessionaire’s design-build requirements package, which included reversible high-occupancy toll lanes and multiple AET gantries. On the I-95 express lanes, he helped provide final design services for the first multi-lane implementation of a vehicle occupancy detection system on an express lane facility. Riggio also served as the ITS and tolling lead on the New New York Bridge/Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge; his final design work resulted in establishing the New York State Thruway’s first AET gantry.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

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Previous Experts Talk interviews include:

  • Michael Whalen on integrated bridge systems. Michael discusses how the advanced technologies used in these systems are applied to benefit both the public and owner-operators.
  • Josh Sikich on the impact of autonomous vehicles on urban transit. Josh explores how autonomous vehicles are expected to play a role in giving better transit options to citizens at lower cost to public agencies.
  • Justin Robbins on the implications of AV/CVs on city development. Justin answers how autonomous and connected vehicles will fundamentally affect infrastructure planning and building.

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