2 billion annual tolling transactions in Chile
- More than 4 million active tags ensure smooth tolling experience in Santiago
- Barrier-free tolling reduces stop-and-go traffic and congestion
Santiago, October 19, 2023 – As urban centers around the world grapple with the challenges of congestion, the metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile shines as an example of the efficient use of technology for toll collection.
Kapsch TrafficCom is proud to announce that it currently facilitates over 1.6 billion transactions annually across nine urban highways in Santiago through its advanced MLFF (Multi-Lane Free Flow) solution. Across Chile, that number increases to two billion transactions annually.
By using in-vehicle tags, the system allows faster and more efficient movement for motorists, reducing stop-and-go traffic and congestion at tolling points. The fact that there are 4 million tags in a city of seven million inhabitants is a testament to the efficiency of the system.
Central to the city's tolling network is the aptly-named Autopista Central. As the primary highway crossing Santiago from north to south, it is responsible for almost a third of all transactions in the country. Beginning partial operations in 2004, Autopista Central is among the first urban highways globally to adopt MLFF tolling and has since then been accompanied by Kapsch for the provision and servicing of its MLFF collection points.
Financing urban infrastructure
The revenues generated from these MLFF tolling systems play a pivotal role in supporting urban infrastructure in Santiago. By easing traffic congestion and ensuring smooth vehicle flow, the tolling system also plays a role in decreasing carbon emissions, reducing travel time, and fostering a more sustainable urban environment.
“Managing traffic in a bustling city like Santiago is paramount”, says Carlos Wiedmaier, VP for Solution Consulting Latin America at Kapsch TrafficCom. “Our MLFF solution not only ensures efficient tolling but also supports the broader urban infrastructure. We are proud to be part of Santiago's journey towards a more connected and efficient urban future.”
Kapsch TrafficCom in Latin America
Kapsch TrafficCom has been active in Latin America since 2000 and has now implemented projects in 10 countries and 19 cities in the region. Under the leadership of Samuel Kapsch, the focus is primarily on modern tolling systems and intelligent traffic management solutions for highways and cities to avoid congestion and reduce emissions.
Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of transportation solutions for sustainable mobility with successful projects in more than 50 countries. Innovative solutions in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management and demand management contribute to a healthy world without congestion.
With one-stop-shop solutions, the company covers the entire value chain of customers, from components to design and implementation to the operation of systems.
Kapsch TrafficCom, headquartered in Vienna, has subsidiaries and branches in more than 25 countries and is listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: KTCG). In its 2022/23 financial year, about 4,000 employees generated revenues of EUR 553 million.