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Value Pricing Pilot Program

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Guidebook for State, Regional, and Local Governments on Addressing Potential Equity Impacts of Road Pricing

This Guidebook for State, Regional, and Local Governments on Addressing Potential Equity Impacts of Road Pricing is designed to assist transportation agencies to better assess and mitigate perceived and potential equity impacts of road pricing projects on local communities, commuters, and system users.

Priced Managed Lane Guide

The Priced Managed Lane Guide is intended to be a comprehensive source of collective experience gained from priced managed lanes implemented in the United States through 2012. The Guide presents a wide range of information on priced managed lanes. The purpose of this guide is to assist transportation professionals as they consider, plan, and implement priced managed lanes projects. The Priced Managed Lane Guide also updates the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 2003 Guide for HOT Lane Development.

Webinar Series

The Overcoming the Challenges of Congestion Pricing webinar series is aimed at state and local agencies; decision-makers/political leaders who want to better understand the benefits of congestion pricing; metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs); and others who just want to learn more about congestion pricing strategies. Learn more and register for upcoming webinars…

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act did not authorize additional funds after FY2012 for the discretionary grant component of the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). However, FHWA's ability to enter into cooperative agreements for projects that require tolling authority under this program for their implementation will continue.

The VPPP was established by the U.S. Congress as the Congestion Pricing Pilot Program in 1991. It was subsequently renamed the VPPP under Section 1216 (a) of TEA-21 in 1998, and continued through SAFETEA-LU. There are 12 State-led programs and 2 city-led programs participating in the VPPP: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, and the District of Columbia. Many of these programs have multiple projects.

The VPPP is intended to demonstrate whether and to what extent roadway congestion may be reduced through application of congestion pricing strategies, and the magnitude of the impact of such strategies on driver behavior, traffic volumes, transit ridership, air quality and availability of funds for transportation programs. The program provides tolling authority and through Fiscal Year 2012, provided discretionary grants, to State or local governments to facilitate the demonstration of congestion pricing applications and report on their effects.

SAFETEA-LU provided a total of $90 million for fiscal years (FY) 2005-2012 for the VPPP. For FY 2005, $11 million was authorized, and $12 million was authorized for each fiscal year 2006 through 2009. Further, $9.8 million was awarded to projects in FY 2010, $8.1 million in FY 11, and $12.1 million in FY 2012. Of the amounts made available to carry out the program, $3 million were set-aside in each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2009 for value pricing projects that do not involve highway tolls. Funds available for the VPPP could be used to support pre-implementation study activities and to pay for implementation costs of value pricing projects. Value pricing concepts that have become mainstream and have been adopted, as common practice, such as High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)-to-High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane conversions, were not funded. In 2007 - 2008 Value Pricing Funds were awarded to Urban Partnership projects.

Resources

  • Quarterly Reports — These reports are updated on a quarterly basis and cover active projects being studied as well as projects that have been implemented under the VPPP. Each report includes a description of the project; when project funds were awarded; the anticipated completion date; the update for the current quarter; and a contact name for those seeking additional information about the project.
  • Project Study Reports — Projects funded by the Value Pricing Pilot Program have resulted in several study reports, providing findings, results, and lessons learned.
  • Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program through April 2006 (HTML, PDF 700KB)
  • Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program through May 2009 (HTML, PDF 688KB)
  • Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program Through April 2010 (HTML, PDF 73KB)
  • Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program Through April 2012 (HTML, PDF 1.5MB)
  • Value Pricing Pilot Program: Lessons Learned (HTML, PDF 1.6MB) — Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-08-023
  • FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery — Sources & Tools: User-based Revenue Sources
  • Planning and Decision Making Tools

Grants

 

Project Implementation Assistance

While the VPPP no longer receives funds to award to projects under MAP-21, and requirements for toll agreements under Section 129 and Section 166 tolling were eliminated, there is no longer a need for project sponsors to submit a formal tolling Expression of Interest prior to seeking tolling authority.

Program Contacts

Angela Jacobs
Angela.Jacobs@dot.gov
202-366-0076

Allen Greenberg
Allen.Greenberg@dot.gov
202-366-2425


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