usdot-logo-16The Federal Highway Administration announced the award of $14.2 million in grants for states under a new program to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release.

“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 in greatly needed, and we must find new solutions to prepare for the travel demands of the nation’s growing population.”

The Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grant program, established under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, will fund projects to test the design, implementation and acceptance of user-based alternative revenue mechanisms.

The eight projects will pilot options to raise revenue, including on-board vehicle technologies to charge drivers based on miles traveled and multi-state or regional approaches to road user charges. The projects will address common challenges involved with implementing user-based fees such as public acceptance, privacy protection, equity, and geographic diversity. The projects will also evaluate the reliability and security of the technologies available to implement mileage-based fees.

 For a list of projects by state, please follow this link.