RESTON, VA /PRNewswire/ -- Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has notified Serco of its intent to award the company a contract to integrate and operate the state's five Transportation Operation Centers (TOCs) and manage the Safety Service Patrol. The contract is up for consideration by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which will make its final decision to award during its meeting in June. The six-year contract has been announced by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to be worth $355 million.
The project will operate all five TOCs, including managing the Safety Service Patrol, under one consolidated system instead of separate geographical programs. Some of the services include monitoring traffic through the use of nearly 900 cameras, 500 electronic message signs, and more than 1000 road sensors; managing incident and emergency response; dispatching Safety Service Patrol and maintenance crews to respond to incidents; providing 511 traveler information; managing HOV/reversible lanes; providing real-time information to emergency responders; serving as emergency operations centers during major events; and coordinating signal systems.
"Serco recognizes VDOT's mission to provide mission critical services without fail, and we see this as a great opportunity to help advance the commonwealth's traffic management system," said Ed Casey, Serco Inc.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are very pleased to be selected by VDOT as their transportation technology partner and look forward to the conclusion of the award process."
Serco has provided traffic management services around the world, including active traffic management and intelligent transportation systems in the UK, and traffic/tunnel controls in Hong Kong. The company also supports Georgia's DOT intelligent transportation systems and parking and enforcement solutions throughout the country.
Serco Inc., headquartered in Reston, VA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7.5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. "We improve essential services by managing people, processes, technology, and assets more effectively. We advice policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems, and—most of all—deliver to the public. Our people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the transportation, BPO, defense, education, environmental services, facilities management, health, home affairs, information and communications technology, knowledge services, local government, science, and commercial sectors." Serco Inc. has approximately 8500 employees across the U.S. and five Canadian provinces.