San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

MTC is planning a multi-phased pilot launch with RideFlag’s VOD smartphone tool in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Express Lanes are a local network of managed lanes that are currently being implemented across the Bay Area through close coordination among regional agencies.

The applicability of this tool is particularly relevant for MTC as the agency is planning to deploy it on one of the largest Express Lane networks in the world. HOV validation is also required on their eight bridges, including the Golden Gate and Oakland Bay bridges.

MTC has approximately 125 lane miles of operating Express Lanes in an overall planned regional network of 737 lane miles, further supporting the need for an accurate, cost-effective, highly scalable/easy to deploy HOV technology that RideFlag offers.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

The Utah Department of Transportation awarded RideFlag a contract to pilot the VOD smartphone app on the I-15 Express Lanes. The pilot has recently concluded and was a success.

UDOT evaluated existing HOV validation tools and awarded the contract to RideFlag as they deemed it the most promising technology to accomplish their goals.

UDOT’s I-15 Express Lane is the longest in America at 73 miles and experiences higher HOV violation rates every year. This makes it particularly well suited for RideFlag’s VOD tool.

This pilot provided RideFlag with opportunities to improve the tool by adding new features, such as Group Verification, Spatial Differentiation, and Night Validation.

National Institute Congestion Research (NICR)

RideFlag is a vital part of an academic team awarded a research grant to pilot RideFlag’s VOD smartphone app on a highway facility in Florida. Awarded to the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) by the National Institute for Congestion Reduction (NICR), the pilot will test the accuracy of RideFlag’s VOD technology, paired with incentivization to encourage carpooling. Findings will aim to measure a shift toward increased carpooling, demonstrate efficient and accurate vehicle occupancy validation and mitigate misdeclaration through HOV benefits.

The team will seek to present findings at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in 2023, and publish results in several transportation periodicals.

Partners Across America and Around the World

Agencies across America and around the world work with RideFlag to deploy our tool that accurately validates HOV to meet their policy requirements and provide incentivized access to HOV express and Open Road Toll Lanes.