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Logistics Operators Want One Uniform Toll System

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:47

Q: How do CAPUFE, the Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT) and the federal government collaborate on the allocation of resources for highway projects?

A: SCT has sole responsibility for new highway projects while CAPUFE is in charge of all renovation, extension and modernization initiatives for the infrastructure it manages. We establish all priorities related to the concessions granted to CAPUFE and we communicate those to SCT. The ministry then negotiates the allocation of resources with the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) during the establishment of the Federal Expense Budget in each fiscal term. Regarding projects for highways and bridges managed by the National Infrastructure Fund (FNI), CAPUFE is in charge of designating the necessary resources needed for each project and presenting a proposal to Banobras. This entity then submits all projects for authorization to FNI’s Technical Committee, which includes SHCP, SCT, the Ministry of Public Affairs and Banobras.

Q: How much are tolls expected to rise in the coming years and how are those resources going to be allocated?

A: FNI instructed CAPUFE to increase all tariffs in its road and bridge network by Nov. 30, 2016. Tariffs had not increased since 2012, which represented a significant lag when compared to the 18 percent accumulated inflation between 2012 and 2016. Tariffs have been updated with an average increment of 8.7 percent to balance this disparity. New tariffs generate more resources, which in turn can cover operating expenses, as well as maintenance for all roads.

Q: How much of CAPUFE’s budget is destined for maintenance operations?

A: Annually, CAPUFE allocates approximately 56 percent of its budget to low and high-maintenance projects. The current administration has made a historically high investment in infrastructure preservation, allowing CAPUFE to maintain its entire network. Just in 2017, CAPUFE’s budget for preservation and renovation was MX$7.28 billion (US$409.8 million).

Q: What are the most common demands from fleet managers and operators regarding the conditions of roads managed by CAPUFE?

A: With the goal of optimizing transport times, the most common demand from fleet managers and road users is to employ only one electronic toll collection system (ETS) for all toll roads in the country. To address this issue, SCT in collaboration with all road operators across the country put in motion the Interoperability System in 2014. At the same time, the ministry implemented the new ETS established by CAPUFE, which is now used as a reference for all other operators in the country

To ensure the efficient implementation of the new ETS, CAPUFE modernized all its electronic toll equipment and introduced multiprotocol antennas to ensure a wider capability to detect and read different ETS protocols, including 18000-6B, 18000-6C and IAG. Currently, of the 1,032 lanes with ETS booths in CAPUFE’s network, we have installed multiprotocol antennas in 692. This modernization project has strengthened the network’s multimodality, increasing users’ payment options.

Q: What are CAPUFE’s investment plans regarding technological development and modernization of ETS infrastructure?

A: Between 2012 and 2016, CAPUFE invested nearly MX$800 million (US$45 million) in the renovation of toll booths and equipment in the Mexico City-CuernavacaAcapulco corridor, as well as the Chamapa-Lecheria highway. This investment has reduced crossing times at all toll booths. CAPUFE still has more projects planned for the administration’s remaining term and in 2017 we started a technological modernization project in the Mexico CityQueretaro-Irapuato corridor. These roads are crucial to both industry and tourism due to the volume of private and cargo vehicles circulating daily. This is only one stage in a long project CAPUFE has set in motion to benefit users and the country