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
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
SOURCE Raytheon Company