U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today provided $200,000 in federal grant funds to help Florida explore new ways to reduce congestion in Lee County by studying off-peak toll discounts on the Sanibel Bridge and Causeway.
The grant is part of the FHWA Value Pricing Pilot Program to fund testing and evaluation of innovative ways to reduce traffic congestion. The grant will help Florida study the effects on congestion of lower tolls before and after the morning peak hour and of toll credits for motorists willing to travel at off-peak times.
The landmark highway, transit and safety legislation signed in August by President Bush gives states more flexibility to use tolling, high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes and other congestion solutions to offer drivers more choices for a reliable trip. With HOT lanes, low-occupancy vehicles are charged a toll while high-occupancy vehicles may use the lane at no charge or at a discounted rate.
"The Bush Administration championed tolling in the new transportation law so states would have more innovative ways to tackle congestion and give drivers more choices to get home or to work," said Acting Federal Highway Administrator J. Richard Capka.
In addition to keeping lanes free flowing, tolling generates revenue for transportation improvements and expansion, according to Capka.
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FY '05 Value Pricing Pilot Program Grants