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United States

The United States is a strategic market of future growth for Abertis. ITS has a Research & Development centre in New York where it is developing advanced electronic toll systems.

In 2015 ITS successfully launched a pilot project for the introduction of the first Pay Per Mile system in the country, which placed the company in the vanguard of toll road technology with a clear competitive advantage in the new pay per use market. The project, developed in the state of Oregon with around 1,000 volunteers, means replacing the current system of financing roads in the United States through a fuel tax and a move towards a system of payment per travel. The users pay a tariff in accordance with the miles travelled and receive a repayment of the petrol tax paid during the journey.

This transition opens a debate on the creation of a sustainable system of financing which will allow the necessary income to be obtained to improve and maintain the roadway infrastructures in the country. In this context, the state of Oregon has made this pilot project available to other states so that they can develop similar programmes in their territories.

Also in the United States, ITS has entered into a contract for the implementation of a new antifraud system for the Rhode Island Freeways Authority, which will allow the state administration to increase its income.

Meanwhile, ITS is working with the Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI) on developing a platform which will enable interconnectivity between subscribing concession holders in order to reduce costs and unify their clients’ payments in a single tele-toll system and with a single invoice. Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority are already involved in this project.

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