Pennsylvania P3 greenlights 550-mile fiber network

About 550 miles of fiber optic cable will be installed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike to provide tolling data and to connect to traffic management systems, as well as to tap for future smart-car use. The state’s Public-Private Partnership Board approved the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s planned project. Mark Compton, Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO, said in a release the new network will serve multiple near- and long-term needs including collecting “tolling data and connecting traffic management devices such as Intelligent Transportation Systems” as well as being able to handle “tomorrow’s data challenges including connected vehicles.”