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2012 Discretionary Grant Programs

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Value Pricing Pilot Program

The Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) Program is authorized by Section 1012(b) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) (Pub. L. 102-240), as amended by section 1216(a) of the Transportation Equity Act (TEA-21) (Pub. L. 105-178), and section 1604(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-594). Value pricing encompasses a variety of strategies to manage congestion on highways, including tolling of highway facilities through congestion pricing, as well as other strategies that do not involve tolls, such as mileage-based car insurance and parking pricing. Under the VPP Program, the Secretary of Transportation may enter into cooperative agreements with up to 15 State or local governments or other public authorities to establish, maintain, and monitor VPP programs, each including an unlimited number of projects.

Entities Eligible to Apply for Funding
States, local governments, and public authorities are eligible to apply for funding under the VPP Program, but FHWA strongly prefers applications to be submitted through State departments of transportation, since that would allow the potential for multiple VPP program projects within a State counting as only one of the 15 allowable partnerships.

Estimated Amount Available for Grants* $6,900,000
*Note: The actual amount available for award is subject to reduction pending final obligation limitation.

How to Apply

Application Deadline January 6, 2012

FHWA Points of Contact

General programmatic and solicitation questions and questions about tolling project applications:

Angela Jacobs
Office of Operations
(202) 366-0076

Non-toll project application questions:

Allen Greenberg
Office of Operations
(202) 366-2425

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