Welcome to the FHWA Congestion Pricing Web Site
Value Pricing Pilot Program Quarterly Report
The Value Pricing Pilot Program April – June 2018 Quarterly Report is now available.
National Congestion Pricing Conference Report, May 22-23, 2018
The National Congestion Pricing Conference was held at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 22 and 23, 2018. Over the course of two days, participants attended twelve sessions, including peer discussions, an off-site tour, and poster presentations. The conference featured the latest developments in congestion pricing divided into two tracks, Managed Lanes and City Pricing, that included both tolling and non-tolling innovations
Lessons Learned from Regional Congestion Pricing Workshops (RCPWs)
The information shared was designed to help workshop participants plan, implement, and advance a congestion pricing project in their region. This report focuses on the findings from three such workshops held between March 2016 and May 2017 in Schaumburg, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Portland, Oregon.
Impacts of Congestion Pricing on Low-Income Populations
This white paper documents examples of mitigation strategies implemented by agencies to analyze and measure the impacts of their pricing projects on low-income users of the transportation system.
Congestion pricing - sometimes called value pricing - is a way of harnessing the power of the market to reduce the waste associated with traffic congestion. Congestion pricing recognizes that trips have different values at different times and places and for different individuals. Faced with premium charges during periods of peak demand, road users are encouraged to eliminate lower-valued trips, take them at a different time, or choose alternative routes or transport modes where available. In cases where congestion pricing is applied to specific traffic lanes rather than to an entire highway facility, users have the option of choosing to pay to use congestion-free priced lanes or continue to travel on general purpose lanes without paying a toll. There is a consensus among economists that congestion pricing represents the single most viable and sustainable approach to reducing traffic congestion.
This site provides information and resources to help equip state agencies and practitioners with an understanding and tools to implement congestion pricing projects and incorporate pricing into transportation planning.