Hoeflich has served for more than five years as the national tolls market leader for two different firms, and has significant program management experience, including a four-year tenure as the program director in the general engineering consultant program at Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.
• International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association
• Florida Engineering Society
• Transportation & Expressway Authority Membership of Florida, Co-Chair of Toll Operations Committee
30 seconds with Kevin Hoeflich …
Q. Why do we need tolling? Aren’t our roads already paid for?
A. "Roads are just like homes. They are never fully “paid for” because of ongoing maintenance, repairs and improvements. The gas tax, which has traditionally covered these costs, is no longer sufficient to fund America’s long-term transportation needs. In addition, toll roads typically do not even use gas tax funds. Tolling is a proven alternative to address congestion and raise revenues while also providing motorists a choice."
Q. Technology within the tolling industry is changing rapidly. How should agencies proceed with adopting new technology?
A. “Toll executives, struggling to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry and uncertain future, can be assured of three things: 1. They are not alone in feeling pressure. Nearly every agency is feeling the same way. 2. They are not being left behind technologically. Technology is advancing rapidly but right now, there’s more talk and posturing than actual production and implementation. 3. The toll industry is changing quickly, but, historically, change does not happen overnight. Right now, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Existing transponder technology and video tolling are alive and well. Agencies that are considering new technology should proceed cautiously. The real question isn’t which new shiny toy to buy, but what do you want the shiny toy “to do” and are these new technologies better than the agency’s current solution?”
Q. Why should agencies consider adding a GEC partner?
A. “When you leverage your GEC to its full potential, you not only will have a capable consultant, but also a trusted business partner to help successfully navigate the future of tolling. Based on our experience, we believe toll agencies can get more from their GEC relationships by creating a collaborative atmosphere, including their GEC in day-to-day activities and by have regular briefings on industry developments and trends.”
• Master’s degree in business administration, Dowling College
• Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, University of Dayton