Frequently Asked Questions

What is congestion pricing?

Congestion pricing, also referred to as value pricing, is a market-based approach to manage congestion using the principles of supply and demand.  Congestion pricing can be implemented using express lanes where one or more travel lanes are priced higher than parallel travel lanes.  Alternatively, it can also be implemented using toll rates that vary on all travel lanes, depending on levels of congestion.

 

What is the Integrated Congestion Pricing Plan (ICPP)?

ICPP is a three-phase planning study that assessed public opinion and the viability of congestion pricing options on the Turnpike.  Phase I was completed in December 2011, and included an evaluation of future widening needs and constraints on Turnpike facilities, tested several pricing alternatives, identified various policy issues, and conducted initial roadway engineering assessments.  Phase II included soliciting customer and public input through focus groups and surveys, as well as conducting on-going coordination with project stakeholders.  Phase III utilized the results of Phases I and II to identify a list of candidate projects and prepare a Master Plan for the future.

 

How is the ICPP study being funded?

Funding for the ICPP was provided through a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) as part of the national Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) Program initiative.  FTE provided all of the funding for Phase I of the ICPP, and received grants from FHWA for a portion of Phases II and III of the study.

 

Why is the Turnpike studying congestion pricing?

The Turnpike is studying congestion pricing as an option to help address future congestion.  Traffic congestion is very costly to the public.  These costs are evident in driver delay, stress, environmental impacts, wasted fuel, and safety.

 

Where, on the Turnpike, is congestion pricing being studied?

The ICPP study area focuses on the three major urban areas of the State that experience prolonged periods of congestion – South Florida, and the Orlando and Tampa Urban Areas.  Click here to see a project study area map.

 

What are the benefits of congestion pricing?

There are many potential benefits of congestion pricing including the following:  enhance mobility, offer more predictable travel times, minimize delay, improve safety, reduce fuel consumption, and decrease air pollution.

 

How has the public been involved in the development of the ICPP study?

Public involvement is a key component of Phases II and III of the ICPP study.  During these phases, public and customer input was collected through focus groups and surveys.  There was also on-going coordination with project stakeholders.

 

Has the Turnpike selected projects for implementation?

Yes. FTE has chosen three projects to implement express lanes.  These projects include the Veterans Expressway in Tampa, the Beachline West Expressway in Orlando, and the Turnpike/SR 821 (Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike) in South Florida.  All these projects are currently under construction.   To learn more about these projects, click here.