As a follow on to the Urban Partnership Program, but also as separate and distinct from that program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published a Solicitation of Applications for Funding of Congestion-Reduction Demonstration (CRD) Initiatives in the November 13, 2007 Federal Register. The application deadline was December 31, 2007. The full solicitation (HTML, PDF 73KB) and a summary of the solicitation are both available for review.
On April 25, 2008, the Department announced a $213 million CRD award to the City of Los Angeles and in the fall on November 21, the USDOT announced a $110 million CRD award to the Atlanta area partners. The addition of the two CRD projects along with the four Urban Partnership cities of San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, brought the total to six major metropolitan areas where the Department supports aggressive congestion relief programs. The Department entered into agreements with these model cities pursuant to their commitment to, among other things, implement "broad congestion pricing." The Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Pricing Primer discusses the importance and benefits of pricing, along with related strategies.
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