Road Usage Charging and the Future of Transportation Funding

Date(s) - Oct 22, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Rapid growth in adoption of electric and high fuel-efficiency vehicles has put the future viability of taxing motor fuel as a funding mechanism in doubt. States are increasingly looking to alternatives like vehicle fees, sales taxes, and tolling to fund roads and bridges. The past decade has also seen significant advances in the policy and technology of a concept of paying for roads based on distance traveled. This concept, known as vehicle mileage taxes, mileage-based user fees, or road usage charging (RUC) has been particularly fast to develop in the west, with operational programs already in Oregon and Utah. Many other states have conducted research, analysis, policy development, and pilot testing of the concept. This session will explore public education, outreach, policy development, and technical advances in RUC through the eyes of the two states that have conducted the country’s largest per-capita RUC pilots: Washington and Hawaii. Since 2012, Washington has studied the business case for RUC, examined various operational approaches to implementing RUC, pilot tested five promising methods of mileage reporting, and conducted extensive stakeholder and public outreach. Following a feasibility study in 2016 pointing to RUC as a promising concept for future funding, Hawaii launched the nation’s largest pilot test in 2018, which included direct mail of custom driving statements to nearly 400,000 households, and the largest survey of public opinion of RUC to date. Based on this body of work, these two states serve as bellwethers for the future of transportation funding.

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