Portuguese group wins seventh US bridge toll collection system contract

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The Portuguese supplier of technology for the mobility sector, A-to-Be, owned by the Brisa group, has won a contract in the US to implement a virtual toll system on the Parkersburg Memorial Bridge in the state of West Virginia.

In a statement issued on Friday, A-to-Be said that this is the third contract it has signed with United Bridge Partners (UBP), a US company that finances, builds and operates toll bridges in several states, and the seventh contract for toll collection systems on bridges in the US.

Aerial view gate for expressway fee payment in the city, toll collection point on the motorway
Aerial view gate for expressway fee payment in the city, toll collection point on the motorway

Without revealing the value of this particular contract, A-to-Be said that, in total, the company’s contracts in the USA amount to more than €83 million to date.

Under this contract, the Portuguese company will replace the current toll system with booths on the Parkersburg Bridge – which links the two banks of the Ohio River, connecting the states of West Virginia and Ohio, and has an average daily traffic of 11,500 vehicles – with a virtual toll system based on a gantry, without barriers and without the need for a stop (‘free-flow’).

The new double gantry system to be installed on the bridge, “will equip both traffic directions with identification, classification and image components,” and the project is expected to be concluded in September of this year.

“The tolls will fund improvements to the bridge, which will make it possible to extend its life for a further 50 years and reinforce the structure to end the current weight limitations on vehicles”.

Quoted in the statement, the chief executive officer (CEO) of A-to-Be highlighted the fact that this new contract will “consolidate the company’s position in a market as competitive as the US.

“In total, A-to-Be now has 16 contracts to supply and manage toll systems in 11 US states. This is proof that it is possible to create, develop and implement state-of-the-art technology in Portugal and compete with the world’s biggest players,” stresses Marta Sousa Uva.

A-to-Be is a technology supplier for toll and mobility solutions worldwide which has been creating, developing and supplying toll solutions for more than 40 years and which today sees itself as a “facilitator of integrated mobility experiences”.

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