Federal grants awarded to highway funding pilots
More than $14 million has been awarded to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to sustain the Highway Trust Fund. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants for eight pilot projects on Tuesday.
“Reliable funding is essential to ensuring we have a sound transportation system to support the economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “More investment in transportation is greatly needed, and we must find new solutions to prepare for the travel demands of the nation’s growing population.”
The Hawaii Department of Transportation was awarded nearly $4 million. Its pilot program will collect user fees based on odometer readings at inspection stations.
The Oregon Department of Transportation will receive $1.5 million. Its pilot seeks to establish a consistent and interoperable system for road user charging in collaboration with members of the Western Road User Charge Consortium.
The Delaware Department of Transportation’s pilot will charge user fees based on on-board mileage counters in collaboration with members of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. This project was awarded nearly $1.5 million.
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