The Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP) was initially authorized in ISTEA as the Congestion Pricing Pilot Program and subsequently amended under other laws, most recently SAFETEA-LU. The program has encouraged implementation and evaluation of value pricing pilot projects to manage congestion on highways through tolling and other pricing mechanisms. The VPPP is limited to 15 slots, seven of which have been permanently reserved for state agencies that have executed tolling cooperative agreements under the VPPP. The remaining eight slots are currently reserved for State agencies that are undertaking studies or non-toll projects under the program. Once these studies and project have been completed, the slots will become available for use by any state with eligible project under the program, and the discretion of the Secretary.
MAP-21 made no changes to the program, and no additional funds have been authorized after Fiscal Year 2012. However, FHWA encourages use of the Section 129 General Tolling Program and Section 166 HOV/HOT Lanes program wherever possible as opposed to the VPPP. Moving forward, requests for tolling authority under the VPPP will be limited to situations that cannot be accommodated under the mainstream tolling programs, such as the pricing of existing toll-free facilities without substantial reconstruction of those facilities.
For more information on the Value Pricing Pilot Program, please contact:
FHWA Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590