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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration Awards $15.1 Million to Seven Pilot Projects to Advance New Highway Funding Methods

Thursday, July 9, 2020

FHWA 14-20
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded $15.1 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven projects in five states to explore new ways to fund highway and bridge projects. The program’s goal is to test innovative ways to supplement the federal gas tax and provide long-term support for the Highway Trust Fund.

“These seven pilot projects will help provide valuable insight into potential new sources of revenue to support highway and bridge improvements nationwide,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason.

The STSFA grants will fund projects that test the design, implementation and acceptance of user-based alternative revenue tools, such as a mileage-based fee. FHWA selected proposals from five states – Delaware (representing the I-95 Corridor Coalition), Oregon (two project awards with one representing the Western Road User Charge Consortium), Utah (two projects), Washington and Wyoming.

Since its creation in 2016 under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the STSFA program has funded 10 projects totaling $40 million.

FY 2019 STSFA Grant Selections

State
(other partners)

Project/Description

Funding

Delaware DOT (I-95 Coalition Corridor)

Addressing Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF) Barriers through Expanded and Enhanced Pilot Deployments within the I-95 Corridor Coalition States

$3,350,000

Oregon DOT

Road usage charging in a connected vehicle ecosystem

$5,000,000

Oregon DOT (Western Road User Charge Consortium – AZ, CA, CO, ID, HI, MT, NV, OK, OR, UT, and WA)

Road usage charge and blockchain

$250,000

Utah DOT

Integration of road user charges and express lanes tolling

$395,000

Utah DOT

Road usage charge local overlay

$350,000

Washington DOT – Washington State Transportation Commission

Forward Drive Washington road usage charge demonstration project

$5,525,000

Wyoming DOT

Wyoming Truck Mileage User Fee Pilot

$250,000

 

Total

$15,120,000

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