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October 14, 2014

The Honorable Bill Shuster
Chairman
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I am pleased to send you the 2014 Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). This report updates the VPPP activities, highlights some key projects and findings, discusses lessons learned on projects implemented over the last 2 fiscal years (FY), and presents some key programmatic activities that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will support to help advance congestion pricing projects at the State and local levels.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act did not authorize additional funds after FY 2012 for the discretionary grant component of the 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 statute continues the requirement that the Secretary monitor VPPP projects and report on the effects of the pilot programs.

According to the statutory requirements of VPPP, the FHWA may enter into cooperative agreements with up to 15 State or local governments or other public authorities to establish, maintain, and monitor value pricing pilot programs. Currently, there are 12 State-led programs and 2 city-led programs participating in the VPPP: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, New York City, and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to focus extensive efforts on addressing traffic congestion problems. With outreach programs and technical assistance efforts of FHWA, the Department will provide many States with the information and resources needed to reduce traffic congestion through contemporary approaches to congestion pricing.

I have sent a similar letter to the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Sincerely yours,


[Signature on file]


Anthony R. Foxx

Enclosure




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October 14, 2014

The Honorable Nick J. Rahall, II
Ranking Member
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Rahall:

I am pleased to send you the 2014 Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). This report updates the VPPP activities, highlights some key projects and findings, discusses lessons learned on projects implemented over the last 2 fiscal years, and presents some key programmatic activities that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will support to help advance congestion pricing projects at the State and local levels.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act did not authorize additional funds after FY 2012 for the discretionary grant component of the 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 statue continues the requirement that the Secretary monitor VPPP projects and report on the effects of the pilot programs.

According to the statutory requirements of VPPP, the FHWA may enter into cooperative agreements with up to 15 State or local governments or other public authorities to establish, maintain, and monitor value pricing pilot programs. Currently, there are 12 State-led programs and 2 city-led programs participating in the VPPP: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, New York City, and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to focus extensive efforts on addressing traffic congestion problems. With outreach programs and technical assistance efforts of FHWA, the Department will provide many States with the information and resources needed to reduce traffic congestion through contemporary approaches to congestion pricing.

I have sent a similar letter to the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Sincerely yours,


[Signature on file]


Anthony R. Foxx

Enclosure




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October 14, 2014

The Honorable David Vitter
Ranking Member
Committee on Environment and Public Works
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Vitter:

I am pleased to send you the 2014 Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). This report updates the VPPP activities, highlights some key projects and findings, discusses lessons learned on projects implemented over the last 2 fiscal years, and presents some key programmatic activities that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will support to help advance congestion pricing projects at the State and local levels.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act did not authorize additional funds after FY 2012 for the discretionary grant component of the 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 statue continues the requirement that the Secretary monitor VPPP projects and report on the effects of the pilot programs.

According to the statutory requirements of VPPP, the FHWA may enter into cooperative agreements with up to 15 State or local governments or other public authorities to establish, maintain, and monitor value pricing pilot programs. Currently, there are 12 State-led programs and 2 city-led programs participating in the VPPP: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, New York City, and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to focus extensive efforts on addressing traffic congestion problems. With outreach programs and technical assistance efforts of FHWA, the Department will provide many States with the information and resources needed to reduce traffic congestion through contemporary approaches to congestion pricing.

I have sent a similar letter to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Sincerely yours,


[Signature on file]


Anthony R. Foxx

Enclosure




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October 14, 2014

The Honorable Barbara Boxer
Chairman
Committee on Environment and Public Works
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Boxer:

I am pleased to send you the 2014 Report to Congress on the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). This report updates the VPPP activities, highlights some key projects and findings, discusses lessons learned on projects implemented over the last 2 fiscal years, and presents some key programmatic activities that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will support to help advance congestion pricing projects at the State and local levels.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act did not authorize additional funds after FY 2012 for the discretionary grant component of the 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 statue continues the requirement that the Secretary monitor VPPP projects and report on the effects of the pilot programs.

According to the statutory requirements of VPPP, the FHWA may enter into cooperative agreements with up to 15 State or local governments or other public authorities to establish, maintain, and monitor value pricing pilot programs. Currently, there are 12 State-led programs and 2 city-led programs participating in the VPPP: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, New York City, and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to focus extensive efforts on addressing traffic congestion problems. With outreach programs and technical assistance efforts of FHWA, the Department will provide many States with the information and resources needed to reduce traffic congestion through contemporary approaches to congestion pricing.

I have sent a similar letter to the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Sincerely yours,


[Signature on file]


Anthony R. Foxx

Enclosure


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