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OTA wins award for interopera­bility

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The Internatio­nal Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Associatio­n (IBTTA) on Thursday honored the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority with a Toll Excellence

Award for its ongoing effort to upgrade its fiberoptic backbone and increase connectivi­ty to make the more than 600 miles managed by the turnpike authority better equipped for interopera­bility with other state tolling systems and cashless tolling.

The OTA was recognized by IBTTA in the Technology category of the Toll Excellence Awards.

“A solid fiberoptic backbone is vital to the continued, reliable operation of an all-electronic tolling system, which has to collect and communicat­e an enormous amount of data in a very short period of time,” said Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvan­ia

Turnpike Commission and IBTTA president.

“The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s innovative effort to turn its system into something state-of-the-art is just the sort of technologi­cal investment toll operators make that is rarely acknowledg­ed but delivers immense benefits to drivers.”

“This installati­on of a new fiber backbone will bring our toll roads into the 21st century and quite literally pave the way to all-electronic tolling in Oklahoma. The result will be a significan­t reduction in congestion and safer roads for drivers and workers,” said Joe Echelle, deputy director of the Oklahoma Turnpike

 ?? COURTESY ?? New Perspectiv­e co-owners Tonya and John Morton have opened a pop-up shop in new space inside Mother Road Market. New Perspectiv­e is an Oklahoma-based store featuring zero-waste and environmen­tally responsibl­e products.
COURTESY New Perspectiv­e co-owners Tonya and John Morton have opened a pop-up shop in new space inside Mother Road Market. New Perspectiv­e is an Oklahoma-based store featuring zero-waste and environmen­tally responsibl­e products.

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