OmniAir Consortium®, the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification for ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles, announced today that the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (Ohio Turnpike) has joined OmniAir as an Associate-Level Member.
Headquartered in Berea, Ohio, the Ohio Turnpike’s traffic has grown from 44,000 vehicles using the facility on opening day in 1955, to nearly 55 million vehicle trips per year today. In 1956, the first full year of operation, some 10 million cars and trucks used the Ohio Turnpike.
“OmniAir is excited to add the Ohio Turnpike to its growing list of innovative leaders in the transportation industry,” said Jason Conley, Executive Director of OmniAir Consortium. “OmniAir looks forward to their contributions to our working groups, especially our forward-looking tolling and emerging payments working group.”
“The Ohio Turnpike continues to innovate and is constructing an all-new Open Road Tolling system between now and 2023,” said Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Ferzan M. Ahmed, P.E. “The modernized system will allow motorists with E-ZPass transponders to use gateless entry and exit lanes, allowing customers to travel more efficiently through the toll plazas.”
As a part of their environmental initiatives and spirit of innovation, the Commission is in the process of gathering information about potential solar energy projects to generate clean power for the Commission’s facilities. It also has four electric vehicle charging stations and is in the process of implementing even more across the 241-mile tollway.
To learn more about the Commission’s innovation strategy to improve the travel experience for customers, please view the Ohio Turnpike’s 65th-anniversary video series featuring Executive Director Ferzan M. Ahmed, P.E..
About OmniAir Consortium
OmniAir Consortium is the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification for ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles. OmniAir’s membership includes public agencies, private companies, research institutions, and independent test laboratories. Learn more about OmniAir at www.omniair.org.
About the Ohio Turnpike
The Ohio Turnpike is a 241-mile toll road offering one of the safest, best, and most convenient routes for motorists to reach east/west destinations along the northern corridor of Ohio.
For more information, contact:
Ryan Hall, OmniAir Consortium Director of Business Development, 202-744-6480
Brian Newbacher, Ohio Turnpike Public Information Officer, 440-821-3399