The FHWA published its final Core Toll Concessions P3 Model Contract Guide (“Guide”) on September 10, 2014 as part of its mandate under MAP-21 to develop “standard public-private partnership transaction model contracts for the most popular types of public-private partnerships.” The Guide serves as an educational tool to assist states, public transportation agencies, and other… Continue Reading
In our prior posts we noted the important changes in federal tolling law under MAP-21 and some of the issues raised by those changes. MAP-21 modestly loosened the federal reins on tolling the nation’s Interstates and federal-aid highways. The Obama Administration just released its federal surface transportation reauthorization legislation, the “Grow America Act”. In section… Continue Reading
We are now a short distance away from expiration of MAP-21, with no solution in sight for sources of funding to sustain the federal highway program. There is no stomach in Congress to increase federal gas taxes or to make real progress toward replacing gas taxes with mileage-based user fees. As for tolls, Rep. Bill… Continue Reading
On September 24 the Federal Highway Administration issued policy guidance on various aspects of MAP-21, including a memorandum to its Division Administrators on the tolling provisions in MAP-21 and questions and answers on federal tolling laws. The tolling guidance addresses (1) the “complete replacement” of the prior statutory language of 23 U.S.C. 129(a), (2) the… Continue Reading
Congress recently passed MAP-21 and under prior law, with few exceptions, tolling was prohibited on Interstate highways and many other federal-aid highways. The bill expands the exceptions, in recognition of the fact that federal fuel tax revenues are stagnant and new revenue sources are imperative to meet the growing funding gap in surface transportation.
The Arizona Legislature sent to Gov. Jan Brewer on April 4, 2012 the landmark bill HB 2491, creating state-of-the-art toll collection and enforcement authority for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The bill follows on the heels of the state’s enactment of its public-private partnership (P3) law two years ago. While that law authorizes tolling, it lacked… Continue Reading
FHWA has extended the deadline for FY2011 TIFIA Letters of Interest (LOI) to March 1, 2011. The previous Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), issued on January 19, had allowed less than a month for interested applicants to prepare and submit LOIs. The January 25 revised NOFA included a new phrase addressing the role of tolling and… Continue Reading
On October 8, 2009, FHWA issued electronic toll collection rules in response to a 2005 SAFTEA-LU law, which in all respects reiterate the status quo for the tolling industry and provide no guidance or standards with respect to SAFTEA-LU’s goal of progressing towards a nationwide interoperable electronic toll collection system. With regard to interoperability, Section… Continue Reading