Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) Program
Funding Awards

FY 2021

  • STSFA Grant Awards

    Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives Program (STSFA) Grant Awards


    Award Recipient

    Project Name and Description



    California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

    Road Charge Pilots Program: The California legislature passed a bill requiring the State to test the revenue collection process of a road charge program and more broadly to introduce the road charge concept to the public.  The pilot will also include a study of the potential behavioral changes caused by applying two different rate structures.  The behavioral research could provide insights on drivers’ choices.  The learnings captured in the interim and final pilot reports will guide future endeavors for a successful road charge program for California and all states.



    Delaware Department of Transportation/Eastern Transportation Corridor Coalition (formerly I-95 CC)

    Using Multi-State Pilots, Real-World Data, and Engaging Passenger and Truck Drivers to Test Mileage-Based User Fees Solutions: This work will continue to build upon previous efforts to determine the feasibility of mileage-based user fees in a multi-state environment by using demonstration pilots, real-world data analysis, and engagement with passenger and truck drivers to identify solutions to implementation barriers (e.g., equity concerns, compliance and enforcement, privacy issues, harmonization across states).  Participating States include Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.



    Hawaii Department of Transportation (HiDOT)

    Hawaii Road Usage Charge Demonstration: Based on the success of the Hawaii Road Usage Charge (HiRUC) demonstration research that was funded in part by STSFA, HDOT will work with state law and other policy makers to examine possible next steps for RUC in Hawaii that leverage the existing infrastructure and data from the state vehicle inspection and registration systems.  HDOT will continue research on policy, administrative, and implementation issues identified in HiRUC. The agency will provide actionable information to state legislators to consider in refining road funding policy, including any road usage charging elements.



    Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

    Perceptions and Implications of Road Use Charges: This project has two parts.  First, it will seek to understand Michiganders’ perceptions of RUC via a large-scale, statistically representative statewide survey.  Second, it will assess the impact of charging for roads on raising revenue, reducing vehicular congestion, and mitigating environmental damage, via a RUC demonstration designed to provide a reliable source of revenue, smooth the demand for roadways thus mitigating peak-time congestion, and offer participants information about, and alternatives to their single occupancy vehicle trips.



    Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

    Demonstrating the Potential of OEM Telematics Data for Calculation of Distance-Based Fees:  This project will demonstrate the potential of using telematics data directly sourced from a leading automobile manufacturer for the purposes of computing distance-based fees. In this application, project partner Via will generate hypothetical invoices with a mileage-based fee for each vehicle using an identifier provided by the telematics supplier.



    Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT)

    Oklahoma Road User Charge Pilot Program: This project will develop and conduct a voluntary pilot program involving a small number of participants to aid in the development and future deployment of a RUC Program that addresses potential challenges and opportunities that might be unique to Oklahoma.  The project will evaluate and test strategies that will ensure that the RUC Program developed for Oklahoma is fair, equitable, and sustainable.  ODOT will evaluate new strategies to leverage an existing tolling back office, partner with Tribal nations on policy development and examine methods to collect road user charge revenue.



    Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

    Virginia’s Mileage-Based User Fee Program: The funding from this STSFA grant application will be used to support a mileage-based user fee program that would allow owners of vehicles subject to the state’s existing highway user fee to pay the fee on a per-mile basis rather than as a fixed fee, as is currently the case.




  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY 2021) –
  • STSFA Program Information Webinar Recording – September 21, 2021

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