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September 2020
E-ZPASS Soon Accepted on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway
Agreement with Central Florida Expressway to Process THEA E-ZPass Payments

Agreement with Central Florida Expressway to Process THEA E-ZPass Payments

For Immediate Release

Tampa, Fla. (September 10, 2020) – Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announces it will be accepting E-ZPass, an electronic toll pass honored in 18 states. In late 2020, E-ZPass customers will be able to effortlessly commute non-stop on the THEA expressway system in addition to the125-mile Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) system in the Orlando metro area.

CFX is facilitating this transition by agreeing to process E-ZPass payments for THEA. CFX has been a member of the E-ZPass family since September 2018, the first in Florida, and CFX also has its own E-ZPass compatible product called the Uni.

THEA is the latest Florida tolling agency to expand interoperability with E-ZPass, joining CFX. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise also announced it will be accepting E-ZPass on its roads in the near future. THEA believes interoperability will improve customer experience.

“Interoperability has been decades in the making,” said Joe Waggoner, THEA Chief Executive Officer. “E-ZPass customers will not encounter toll by plate invoices on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. While it has been a highly technical and involved process, customers win with greater convenience and less confusion.”

“This is very exciting for all of our customers that choose to travel on toll roads,” said Laura Kelley, CFX Executive Director. “The partnerships to expand customer choices and provide seamless travel throughout our state is a win-win for everyone.”

E-ZPass also works within a network of toll road agencies operating along the U.S. east coast from Florida to Maine and west through Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

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About THEA:

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature, to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 100,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation solutions.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.

 

August 2020
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to Invest $1 Billion Over the Next Ten Years

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2020

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to Invest $1 Billion Over the Next Ten Years

Local Tolling Agency’s 10-Year Work Program Outlines Toll Revenue Investment for Tampa Bay

Tampa, Fla.  - The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) released its 10-Year Work Program detailing THEA's $1 Billion investment in the Tampa Bay Community.

The 6-Year plan is an outline for THEA's strategic capital investment projects. It lays out the Agency's top priorities and provides an overview of work efforts and budgetary commitments through the Fiscal Year 2025. Some projects will improve mobility in downtown Tampa by redesigning ramps and creating a more connected grid system, while others will improve walkability along the Selmon Greenway.

"We are a forward-thinking agency and an innovative leader in the Transportation Tolling Industry. THEA is looking ahead to ensure that Tampa is ready as our region's population explodes," said Executive Director Joe Waggoner.

"THEA is an economic driver for the Tampa Bay Region that has generated $1.4 Billion in business sales and created over 100,000 jobs. This Work Program ensures THEA will continue to drive Tampa Bay forward," added Vincent J. Cassidy THEA Board of Directors Chairman.

Projects included in THEA’s Six-Year Work Program are:

  • The completion of the Selmon West Extension, an iconic elevated tollway that will enhance the mobility for regional travelers;
  • The completion of the Selmon Safety Project designed to prevent crossover crashes;
  • Meridian Avenue improvement at Twiggs Street will improve safety and access to downtown Tampa and expedite traffic to and from the REL;
  • THEA CV-Pilot will enter a new phase by partnering with Hyundai to implement a real-world test site and will upgrade the current system technology, paving the way for connected and automated BRT routes;
  • Selmon Greenway Improvements will enhance Tampa’s urban core walkability and;
  • Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Studies for both the Eastern and Southern portions of the Selmon Expressway to evaluate future capacity need.
  • PD&E Studies for Whiting Street and Nebraska Avenue that look at redesigning ramps and creating a more connected grid system once the removal of Ardent Mills is complete.

For more information regarding THEA’s 10-Year Work Program, please visit http://www.tampa-xway.com/about-the-authority/.

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ABOUT THEA:

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature, to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 100,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable and financially sustainable transportation solutions.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.

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July 2020

For Immediate Release

July 28, 2020

Contact: Sue Chrzan

813-272-6740, Ext. 130

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

[email protected]

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Announces 2021 Board Leadership

Tampa, FL.  -  The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is pleased to announce that Vincent J Cassidy has been re-elected to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

“I am grateful to continue my service as Chairman,” said Mr. Cassidy. “As Chairman I will ensure that our Board continues to be strategic in our planning and accountable to our community. I am proud of the dedicated men and women of THEA who work tirelessly to provide safe, reliable, and efficient transportation solutions to the Tampa Bay Area, and it is my honor to guide this organization.  I am also fortunate to serve with my fellow Board Members; they give so much of their time and talents to govern this Authority.”

Mr. Cassidy is the founder of Majesty Title Services, now a division of LandCastle Title Group, LLC, and is responsible for sales, marketing, strategy, and overall management of the company. He spent 25 years with JPMorgan Chase & Co, most recently as a Senior Vice President managing a global technology business providing electronic banking services to the firm's wholesale clients.  He is the Managing Member of Florida Investors Capital, LLC, and CassCap, LLC.  He is also a founding Fellow of The Vortex Institute, a local organization focused on discussion and subsequent action surrounding issues affecting our community.

In addition to re-electing Cassidy as Chair, the Board also elected Bennett Barrow to continue as THEA’s Vice Chairman and Daniel Alvarez to continue as Secretary.

Mr. Barrow is President of Barrow Asset Management, a registered investment advisor in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 2002, Mr. Barrow worked in Madrid, Spain, and Santiago, Chile as a pension reform analyst. He received his Certified Financial Planner TM designation from the University of South Florida Financial Planner Program in 2011 and sits on the Board of Trustees at Berkeley Preparatory School, Board of Directors at St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and the Advisory Committee for High Risk Hope.

Mr. Alvarez serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office, and is a veteran of the United States Army, serving in South Korea at the US Army Airborne School where he was a jumping member of the historic Fort Benning Command Exhibition Parachute Team, “The Silver Wings.” He was also the founder and managing member of The Alvarez Legal Group, P.L. 

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ABOUT THEA:

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature, to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll lanes; and provides over 100,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable and financially sustainable transportation solutions. For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.

 

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June 2020
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Begins New Phase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POC:    Sue Chrzan
[email protected]
813.272.6740 ext. 130

 

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Begins New Phase

Tampa, Fla., June 10, 2020 - As the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) continues collaborating with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a Connected Vehicle Pilot site, the next step to creating a connected transportation system is working with the auto industry. THEA is proud to announce that we have partnered with Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), to use Connected Vehicle (CV)-ready Hyundai vehicles and hardware in the CV Pilot deployment to provide the next evolution of a commitment to delivering safe transportation.

This is an important step in continuing the testing of transportation safety applications to provide drivers with the best information possible. THEA's CV Pilot applications have proven that information from connected infrastructure can benefit drivers, automakers, and road operators as a means to transmit crucial safety information. In the past 18 months, the THEA CV Pilot has warned 14 wrong-way drivers on interchange ramps, nine potential trolley crashes, and has given over 1,500-speed warnings a month on freeway exit ramps, to state a few examples.

This partnership with Hyundai is the next step in making connected roadways a reality in Tampa Bay. "Hyundai has steadily invested in research and development, furthering our commitment towards future innovations such as connected vehicle technology," said John Robb, Director, Electronic Systems Development, HATCI. "Working together with government organizations, such as THEA and other industry partners, allows us to better understand the benefits of these advanced features, which may ultimately create a safer and more efficient driving environment."

In September 2020, phase 3 of the THEA CV Pilot will be complete. At that time, Hyundai and THEA will hold a demonstration to showcase how OEM vehicles equipped with prototype CV technologies can interact with the CV Pilot vehicles and roadside units. "The next step is integrating auto manufacturer onboard technology. I believe this will be a dramatic improvement in how we are able to communicate with vehicles. Hyundai has been a great partner, and this will be an exciting time." Says Bob Frey, Project Manager for THEA's CV Pilot project.

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About THEA's Connected Vehicle Pilot

In 2015, The USDOT awarded $18.5 million in federal grant monies to the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority to conduct an innovative CV pilot.

The THEA CV Pilot employs state-of-the-art technology that allows vehicles to communicate to roadside infrastructure and other vehicles about traffic, hazards, and other potential factors affecting pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle safety.

About Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.

As one of Hyundai Motor Group's (HMG) seven global centers focused on research and development (R&D), HATCI was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HATCI is HMG's design, technology and engineering division for North America. As HMG solidified its position as one of the top five global OEMs, HATCI has grown to include a strong network of engineering disciplines and increased business-focused activities to support North America's Voice of the Customer.

HATCI supports new model development for HMG's North American operations and global programs from our dedicated engineering facilities and support staff at affiliate sites located throughout the United States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Michigan, and Washington D.C.). HATCI's success in satisfying the demands of increasingly sophisticated consumers is a direct result of HMG's commitment to the future of American automotive engineering. HATCI upholds a strong R&D philosophy hinged on the creative and passionate input of all team members. This philosophy is paramount to HMG's North American operational strategy and serves as the foundation for engineering excellence and technological advancement.

About THEA

A public agency led by local citizens and operating with no tax dollars, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) provides safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community. From being the owner and operator of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to offering real-time testing and showcasing of connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies, to the design and operation of the world's first reversible all-electronic toll road, THEA continues to drive the conversation on cutting-edge transportation solutions. For more information, visit  www.tampa-xway.com.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at www.hatci.com, http://worldwide.hyundai.com, or http://globalpr.hyundai.com

May 2020
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Memorial Day, 2020 Schedule

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Memorial Day, 2020 Schedule

Tampa, May 19, 2020 – In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will open eastbound at 1 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020, and will remain eastbound until 6:00 am, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  At that time, the REL will be open in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area, resuming normal operation hours.

Motorists are advised that the REL hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.  Please check www.tampa-xway.com for updates.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.                                                     

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Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Schedule

Media Alert

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Schedule

Tampa, May 7, 2020 – On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will maintain normal operation at 6:00 AM, with all traffic moving in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area. There will, for the time being, be NO 10:00 AM “split”. Operational times will be 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the westbound direction and 1:00 PM till the following day at 6:00 AM in the eastbound direction. Weekends will be eastbound from 1:00 PM Friday to 6:00 AM Monday.

Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction/maintenance work.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

REL Schedule for post covid-19

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March 2020
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

Media Alert
March 20, 2020

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

Beginning today, March 20, 2020, the Reversible Express Lanes of the Selmon Expressway will remain in an eastbound direction until further notice.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected].

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Message from CEO, Joe Waggoner

Message from CEO, Joe Waggoner

To our Tampa Bay community,

Like everyone, we are facing an unprecedented situation as we deal with preventing the spread of COVID-19. We realize that you need reliable and safe travel no matter what.

Starting today, March 18, 2020, we are suspending walk-up (in-person) collection payments at our collection center for 30 days, as well as walk-up (in-person) assistance at the THEA offices.

Rest assured, you can pay online, by visiting www.payTHEAtolls.com or you can make a payment over the phone by calling our toll-free number, 1-877-258-5205.

For now, work continues on our two construction projects. You can keep up-to-date on lane closures and detours for the Selmon Extension project here at selmonextension.com/updates, and the South Selmon Safety Project here at tampa-xway.com/south-selmon-safety-project/.

I encourage you to stay current on advice from the CDC and Hillsborough County and follow the recommended guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. We know that we are all being affected by this challenge. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves as we go through this together.

Sincerely,

Joe Waggoner

February 2020
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Sponsors USF – Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2020

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Sponsors USF – Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition

Tampa, FL.– Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announces its sponsorship of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Engineering’s 28th annual Bridge Competition. The competition will take place at USF’s Engineering Expo on February 22, 2020, and is open to all Hillsborough and Pinellas County middle and high school students. This year’s student winners will receive a private, engineer-led tour of the Selmon Extension construction project to give students a behind-the-scenes view of STEM principles in action.

The USF-Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition began in the 1980s as a student-run project to connect the University with area under-represented middle and high school students and provide a fun, extra-educational enrichment opportunity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) philosophies. The competition’s theme of Design It, Build It, Break It! allows teams of three students to design and build balsa wood model bridges and test their load capacities.

Teachers and student teams are encouraged to watch workshop videos on the competition’s webpage (https://usfbalsabridge.weebly.com/workshop-videos.html), which provide an opportunity to prepare for the competition, and then work with an engineering mentor to develop lesson plans that incorporate the fields of engineering and design with math and science through bridge-building.

Through its partnership with USF, THEA seeks to provide mentorship, encourage the STEM mindset, and raise educational opportunities for Tampa Bay area students.  The USF-Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition is a branch of THEA’s Selmon STEM Scholarship Program, which supports through education and exposure to transportation careers, USF engineering students who are graduates of Hillsborough County high schools.

For more information on the USF-Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition, visit https://usfselmonbridgebuilding.com/.   For rules and regulations, or to register for the competition, visit https://usfselmonbridgebuilding.com/registration/.

January 2020
New exit point from southbound I-75 to the Selmon Expressway opens Tuesday morning, January 28, 2020

Brandon, FL – Drivers traveling from southbound I-75 to the Selmon Expressway (SR 618 - Exit 256) will use a new exit beginning early Tuesday morning, January 28.

 

The new exit point will be just south of Exit 257 to SR 60 (about one-half mile north of the existing exit), meaning motorists will need to make the decision to exit to the Selmon Expressway sooner. Once on the exit ramp, drivers should remain alert to traffic entering from westbound SR 60 merging from the right side. After that merge area, drivers will continue southward on the frontage ramp lanes and follow the signs to the Selmon Expressway.

 

This new southbound I-75 exit point replaces the current exit ramp to the Selmon Expressway and is a permanent change to the interchange configuration in this area. Drivers should be extra cautious to the new traffic pattern and remain alert to construction workers in the area.

Martin Luther King 2020 Hours on the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes
January 17, 202019 – For the MLK holiday, on January 20,2020, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will maintain normal operation at 6:00 AM, with all traffic moving in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area. At 10:00 AM, all traffic will be reversed to the eastbound direction from the downtown area to Brandon. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, normal hours of operation will resume. Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction/maintenance work. For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com

Media Contact
Sue Chrzan
Communications Director
813-272-6740 ext 130

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