PRHTAPuerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association
PRHTAPuerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority
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While there, the PRHTA participants selected a number of innovations to help them do more with less.
Among the innovative technologies that PRHTA selected during the summit was the implementation of geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge systems (GRS-IBS), which use alternating layers of compacted granular fill material and geosynthetic reinforcement.
That advancement is the conversion of existing toll roads to all electronic," explained Ruben Hernandez-Gregorat, Secretary of Transportation for the PRHTA.
PRHTA's goal to increase throughput of existing roadways while also increasing motorist convenience by removing choke points, improving air quality by reducing carbon emissions from backed up idling cars, and eliminating costly cash leakage associated with cash collection systems would not be possible unless PRHTA could convert all patrons to electronic payment.
Dave Sparks, executive vice president of TransCore added, "We are excited about this endorsement of TransCore's technology and operational expertise, and look forward to continuing to support the PRHTA and its strategy to improve mobility and convenience for Puerto Rican commuters.
For more information contact the PRHTA at 787-758-8001.
About PRHTA The Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association is an organization that represents the private tourism sector of Puerto Rico.
9 billion of PRHTA outstanding bonds on CreditWatch with negative implications because of the erosion in credit quality at the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In 2003, PRHTA awarded TransCore the multi-year contract for the installation, operation and maintenance of the system, which uses TransCore's eGo RFID technology for wireless payment.
Approximately 42 percent of Puerto Ricans do not have bank accounts, so TransCore's system was chosen in part because it includes an innovative reverse-debit transaction concept -- the AutoExpreso account replenishment cash card -- which enables motorists who prefer to pay by cash to use wireless payment," said Jack Allison, PRHTA executive director.
Regatta is going to solve many of the challenges that we have faced for years," said Clarisa Jimenez, President of PRHTA.
PRHTA will own the facility upon completion and will receive the majority of the revenue once APR has reached a certain base return on its capital investment.