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Value Pricing Pilot Program

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FHWA's Value Pricing Program provides transportation agencies with options to manage congestion on highways through tolling and other pricing mechanisms. Interested State, regional, and local government authorities are eligible and may apply for tolling authority.

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Value Pricing Pilot Program


The Value Pricing Pilot Program provides transportation agencies with options to manage congestion on highways through tolling and other pricing mechanisms. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Operations manages the program with support from the Office of Innovative Program Delivery.

What is Value Pricing?

Value Pricing - sometimes called congestion pricing - works by charging drivers on congested roadways during peak periods. Pricing shifts some rush hour highway travel to other transportation modes or to off-peak periods. By removing even just a small fraction of the vehicles from a congested roadway, pricing helps the system to flow more efficiently.


Who's Eligible for the Program?

State, regional, and local government agencies may apply for tolling authority if they are allocated one of 15 slots available in the program. Each slot may include multiple projects.

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.

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.

 

Further information on the VPPP is available from the FHWA Office of Operations.

For more information on the Value Pricing Pilot Program, please contact:

Angela Jacobs
FHWA Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
202 366-0076
angela.jacobs@dot.gov

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