Raytheon Earns Top Honors in Intelligent Transportation Systems

May 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Raytheon Company

    WASHINGTON, May 18, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- The Intelligent Transportation
 Society (ITS) of America awarded Raytheon Company top honors for its role
 in developing Minnesota's first toll road project.
     The award for "Partnership Deployment" was presented to the Minnesota
 Department of Transportation, Wilbur Smith Associates and Raytheon for
 MnPASS during the opening session of ITS America's 2006 Annual Meeting &
 Exposition May 7 in Philadelphia.
     MnPASS is a project that converted an 11-mile stretch of I-394 west of
 downtown Minneapolis from high occupancy vehicle lanes into pay-per-use,
 high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes. Hot lanes allow solo drivers to use an
 express lane previously reserved for carpools, buses, and motorcycles for a
 fee. The fee varies dynamically to keep traffic flowing and is displayed
 and charged electronically. Carpools, buses, and motorcycles continue to
 use the express lanes free of charge.
     "The Best of the ITS Awards program was established to honor the most
 innovative, effective, and influential projects among the members of ITS
 America," said Neil Schuster, ITS America president and CEO. "This year's
 winners represent the best of the best in the ITS industry, and ITS America
 is proud to honor them at the annual meeting."
     The MnPASS effort is the successful outcome of a public-private
 partnership between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and a
 contractor team led by Wilbur Smith Associates, with Raytheon serving as a
 major subcontractor.
     Raytheon provided overall system design and engineering to MnPASS. The
 tailored solution included supplying roadside collection components and
 enforcement technology based on Raytheon's proven Electronic Toll
 Collection system. Raytheon's solution allowed the state of Minnesota to
 minimize the amount of infrastructure deployed on the roadway and lower the
 overall cost of the system. The Raytheon solution also allows for the lanes
 to be painted with stripes rather than erecting concrete dividers.
     "Raytheon has more experience in all-electronic open road tolling than
 any other provider because of our ability to respond to our customer's
 needs," said Mike Prout, president of Raytheon's Highway Traffic Management
 Systems. "We have developed an expertise in integrating commercial
 off-the-shelf products, but we are not constrained by it. Here, our
 customer needed a special enforcement tool that would save them both time
 and money, so we created it. I'm glad our contributions could serve our
 customer well and earn them some recognition in the process."
     Raytheon Company (NYSE:   RTN), with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an
 industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
 technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
 With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people
     Lynford Morton

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