Greg Le Frois, PE
One of HNTB’s leading experts on toll technology, Le Frois specializes in advanced technologies in toll collection, including electronic toll collection using automatic vehicle identification systems, violation enforcement systems and automatic vehicle classification systems. He is experienced in capital and operations and maintenance cost estimating for all aspects of toll projects.
• International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, interoperability committee
• Transportation Research Board, high-occupancy vehicle, high-occupancy toll and managed lanes committees
30 seconds with Greg Le Frois …
Q. In the near future, the toll industry will witness a historic eclipse of in-vehicle technology, personal technology and roadside technology. Their convergence will have profound effect on the U.S. toll and transportation industries. What advice would you give toll agencies that might be feeling pressured?
A. "Toll executives, working to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry and uncertain future, can be assured of three things. First, they are not alone in feeling pressured. Nearly every agency is feeling the same way. Second, they are not being left behind technologically. There is more talk and posturing than actual production and implementation. Third, the toll industry is changing quickly, but historically, change does not happen overnight. Existing transponder technology and video tolling are alive and well."
Q. Is there a need to redefine transportation and create a truly multimodal approach to our network. If so, how?
A. "Disparate, multiple fare collection systems are a hindrance to mobility. Public transportation agencies, in the United States and abroad, are realizing this. With today’s technology, it’s feasible a state could establish one back office for toll facilities and transit. A uniform fare system will make intermodality more appealing."
Q. Will smartphones eventually serve as transponders?
A. "Perhaps, but it is not yet possible. The best approach for selecting toll technology is to set a goal for the corridor and then match the technology requirements to that goal. If the goal is to maximize person throughput, the toll facility must use a method most people can use. With more than 10 percent of population owning a smartphone, it certainly can’t be ruled out."
• Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, Clarkson University