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WESTINGHOUSE WINS CONTRACT TO MODERNIZE TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR RICHMOND EXPRESSWAY

 WESTINGHOUSE WINS CONTRACT TO MODERNIZE TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM
 FOR RICHMOND EXPRESSWAY
 BALTIMORE, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX) announced that it has signed a $4.5 million contract with the Richmond Metropolitan Authority (RMA) to design and integrate a computerized toll collection system for the Richmond area RMA toll facilities. The new system will improve efficiency and serve as the foundation for future advances in electronic toll collection.
 Beginning this month through the middle of 1993, the toll collection system will be designed and installed on the RMA's Powhite Parkway and Downtown Expressway's main barrier plazas as well as at all of the authority's remote ramp locations. The new system will incorporate faster toll coin machines as well as faster toll gates with the ability to handle up to 1,000 vehicles per hour.
 "This new system being implemented by Westinghouse will operate more quickly and more efficiently and at the same time increase the authority's ability to monitor and audit collections," said RMA General Manager Robert Berry.
 The project will modernize the more than 20-year-old toll system with collection equipment and a communication network linking all toll lanes and toll plazas to a computer system at the RMA headquarters in downtown Richmond. This central system will provide the RMA with real-time status of any toll lane activity at any time. In addition, its built-in diagnostic system will allow RMA maintenance personnel to service the toll collection system from a remote location. Proceeds from toll collections fund the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the RMA Expressway System.
 "The Westinghouse system will serve as the foundation for future electronic toll and traffic management systems that will further enhance commuter services," added Berry.
 The Westinghouse system's architecture is designed to accommodate a future application of electronic toll and traffic management (ETTM), which would allow drivers to pass through tollbooths without stopping. With this added feature, tolls would be electronically charged to a motorist's account using a monitoring device that automatically reads an electronic "tag."
 "Westinghouse's emergence in the traffic management market stems from our commitment to provide solutions for the challenges of the nation's highway infrastructure," said Bill Jones, Westinghouse Transportation Management Systems Division (TMSD) general manager.
 TMSD is a part of the Baltimore-based Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group, which is diversifying into non-Department of Defense and commercial markets. The company has established a leading position in the toll management systems market with contracts at the Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh International Airports.
 At Salt Lake City, an automatic vehicle identification is being installed and integrated, enabling the Airport Authority to track and manage commercial traffic along the airport's service road. In Pittsburgh, the company is integrating hardware and software for an advanced parking system that will increase customer service and convenience.
 The division also has customer contracts for computerized dispatch and satellite-based vehicle location systems for municipal public transit authorities and fleet management systems for cross- country and local transport operations. In addition, Westinghouse is actively studying and proposing advanced traffic management systems for cities, states and high-traffic interstate corridors.
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 /CONTACT: Maria B. Trintis of Westinghouse Public Relations, 410-765-3721/
 (WX) CO: Westinghouse Electric Corporation ST: Virginia IN: CPR TRN SU: CON


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