At Cintra, we pride ourselves on innovation. As a company, we are at the forefront of private infrastructure development in the United States and are constantly developing new ideas and methods to improve infrastructure delivery, many of which go on to become industry standards.
Time- and Money-Saving Adjustments
Unlike traditional procurement methods – in which each step in the process is segregated, with one developer responsible for a major infrastructure project from design through completion and operation – a public-private partnership (P3) with Cintra provides an incentive to seek efficiencies that benefit other aspects of the project.
The P3 managed lanes projects procured and developed by Cintra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2008 reduced project costs by 27 percent by implementing alternative technical concepts and efficiencies identified through the industry review and development process.
Some of these efficiencies were based on a more useful combination of design, construction, and maintenance solutions. Others were the result of connectivity and operational improvements that will increase future usage, relieving even more congestion than originally anticipated. The first fully operational project benefiting from such concepts is the North Tarrant Express, which opened in October 2014, nine months ahead of schedule.
Utilizing the private sector to develop infrastructure allows our partners to use available funds more efficiently and deliver more comprehensive infrastructure with substantial savings.
Cintra is pioneering the concept of managed lanes in the United States. Managed lanes are unique toll lanes added within existing major roadways to provide extra capacity and handle more traffic volume efficiently.
Managed lanes provide a faster, more reliable trip by adjusting the toll rate upward and downward based on congestion with the goal of maintaining a minimum speed in the toll lanes. The toll rate is posted, so the driver is aware of the rate before making a choice to use the managed lanes. As demand increases, the toll rate increases in order to maintain a reliable trip speed within the managed lanes.
Cintra has all of the in-house expertise needed to deliver comprehensive infrastructure projects. Our internal finance and bid development experts ensure each project is developed and funded to maximize efficiencies and performance. Our traffic and revenue analysts consistently monitor project projections, ensuring thorough oversight throughout the procurement and operational phases of an asset. Cintra’s internal experts on tolling operations and back-office systems provide seamless integration of multiple projects, enabling us to apply best practices learned during the operation of one project across all other appropriate projects.
The Future of Tolling Technology
Our tolling operations specialists have developed innovative advances in the field, such as the Drive on TEXpress smartphone application, which allows users to declare their high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) status before beginning their drive in exchange for a discount.
At the Forefront of Barrier-Free Tolling
At Cintra, we are pioneers in the implementation of fully automated, barrier-free toll systems. Cintra’s 407 ETR project in Toronto, Canada was the first free access electronic highway in the world thanks to free flow, a revolutionary toll collection system. All of our U.S. projects are barrier-free, providing safer trips for users on our roadways. All-electronic tolling is safer than traditional toll booths because there is no stopping, which decreases the potential for accidents. These cashless toll lanes automatically charge the toll fee to a transponder account. Tolling cameras photograph the vehicle license plates of drivers without transponders and send their bills by mail.