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Tolling and Pricing of Federal-Aid Highways

Executive Summary

Why Consider Tolling and/or Pricing?

Tolling and pricing strategies (includes both a fixed-price toll or varying the price of a toll based on the time of day or traffic volume) are increasingly emerging as necessary and useful tools to finance projects, manage congestion, improve air quality, and facilitate the creation of public-private partnerships. However, all tolling and pricing of Federal-Aid highway system facilities (includes any facility that has previously used Federal-Aid funds) requires legal authority from the Federal government, through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

What Does Federal Legislation Say About Tolling and Pricing?

SAFETEA-LU legislation, along with previous provisions, offers States and other public entities an enhanced variety of opportunities to toll motor vehicles to finance Interstate construction and reconstruction, promote efficiency in the use of highways, reduce traffic congestion, and/or improve air quality. These opportunities can be summarized as:

How Can My Agency Get Federal Authorization to Implement a Tolling or Pricing Project?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has established a collaborative process for a State or other public entity to work with FHWA in identifying and applying to the appropriate program or provision. This process can be summarized as follows:

Want More Information on Tolling and/or Pricing of Federal-Aid Highways?

More detailed information on these opportunities and the collaborative process is available at the FHWA Tolling and Pricing web site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/tolling_pricing/index.htm. Contact James Colyar, FHWA Washington Division, at james.colyar@dot.gov or (360) 753-9408 for further information.

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