SOURCE: Highway Toll Administration, LLC

November 06, 2007 10:25 ET

Highway Toll Administration (HTA) Announces Expansion in Puerto Rico

Equipping Rental Vehicles Island-Wide

GREAT NECK, NY--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Highway Toll Administration, LLC (HTA), the pioneer in electronic toll payment services for the auto rental industry including such global brands as Avis and Budget Rent A Car, announced today an aggressive expansion of services in Puerto Rico. HTA has secured additional customer contracts in Puerto Rico with several prominent local rental agencies, including Target Rent-A-Car, AAA Car Rental, and U-Save Car & Truck Rental. There are an estimated 10,000 total rental vehicles in Puerto Rico.

Rental vehicles will utilize AutoExpreso sticker-tag transponders that allow drivers to breeze through toll plazas. Customers are charged a small daily fee plus any tolls incurred, and charges appear directly on the customer's credit card. HTA processes the transactions using its proprietary technology platform, and is seamless to rental customers who use the service.

"This is a win-win," says David Centner, president of HTA. "These rental customers can now enjoy the convenience of electronic tolling and rental agencies have a more efficient operation. HTA's service not only streamlines toll collections, it also eliminates headaches and costs associated with toll violations. Furthermore, electronic toll collection has proven to provide significant benefits to the environment."

Rental customers can now safely enjoy using the Island's tollways without stopping and fumbling for change. Electronic toll payment has proven to be very popular with rental customers, and HTA's system has proven to be highly efficient and significantly reduces overhead for the rental agency and the toll road.

The AutoExpreso system was designed, equipped and installed by TransCore, including the thin, flexible windshield-mounted eGo® Sticker Tag. The tag uses 915 MHz radio frequency on a microchip to provide a low cost, programmable option that does not require a battery. TransCore also provides maintenance, customer services and other electronic toll operations on the Island.

About Highway Toll Administration

Highway Toll Administration, LLC (HTA) provides electronic toll collection services, video-based toll payment services, and full service toll violations processing and administration to the auto industry, and primarily to rental car agencies. Founded in October 2002, HTA is the industry leader and pioneer. HTA is a private company and is not affiliated with any governmental agencies. For more information on HTA, visit www.htallc.com.

About AutoExpreso

Puerto Rico began using the AutoExpreso electronic toll collection system in March 2004 to solve recurring congestion problems at major toll plazas. The program was initially implemented on 19 transponder-only lanes. To use the lanes, drivers purchase and mount the $10 sticker tag which allows totally automated electronic tolling and non-stop travel.

The AutoExpreso system, quickly embraced by users, has been expanded to 49 lanes at 16 toll plazas. Further implementation is expected with the goal of standardizing electronic toll collection Island-wide.

About TransCore

TransCore's Government Services Group specializes in applications tailored for traffic management and toll systems. TransCore offers an extensive suite of enterprise software applications, business process outsourcing, system integration, and maintenance services to provide complete solutions configurable to customers' requirements. TransCore operates as a unit of Roper Industries, a market-driven, diversified growth company with 2006 revenues of $1.7 billion and a market capitalization of over $4 billion. With products and installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents worldwide, and pioneering applications of RFID and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's expertise is unparalleled in the transportation markets it serves. For more information, visit www.transcore.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    HTA
    Randi Luckman
    516-684-9584 x802

    TransCore
    Barb Catlin
    972-733-6056