Congress Returns to Debate Infrastructure, Fiscal 2020 Funding, Nominees

Transport Topics » Policymakers make their way back to Capitol Hill after a weeklong spring recess to continue to stitch together the provisions for a comprehensive infrastructure bill they want to pass by August. Their ongoing debate on infrastructure policy is likely to coincide with partisan fights over transportation funding priorities, as well as floor votes on key DOT nominees.

2019-04-18T10:42:56-08:00March 21st, 2019|Federal Programs, Fuel Tax, Road Usage Charge, U.S. News|

With Gas Taxes in Peril, More States Study Alternatives

Governing » The idea of charging drivers for the miles they drive instead of the gas they burn is not new. But states are still sorting out how it might work. After more than a decade of watching Oregon and a handful of other states test alternatives to traditional gasoline taxes, more states, with the help of federal money, are now joining the quest.

2018-01-17T15:45:28-08:00January 16th, 2018|California, Fuel Tax, Oregon, Road Usage Charge, Vehicle Usage Fees|

CBO: Tolls, mileage fees would better fund roads

The Hill »

A study by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found charging drivers for direct highway usage through tolling, a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee or tax, or congestion pricing would be an effective alternative to the federal gas tax, which has not been increased since 1993. The full CBO report can be found here.

2017-01-29T10:23:43-08:00February 16th, 2016|Fuel Tax, Reports, Road Usage Charge, Tolling|

Would you pay a penny per mile? As gas revenues dwindle, state looks at charging by how much you drive

The Orange County Register » Much like the federal gas tax, the California state gas tax of 18-cents per mile has not been increased in over 20 years. California is among several states studying the revenue producing potential of a vehicle miles traveled fee or tax and possible methods of implementation. A mileage-based fee is already being used in some parts of Europe and Asia. In Singapore the mileage-based fee has helped ease traffic congestion, while in Germany high-polluting trucks are charged a higher fee which has helped reduce air pollution and traffic congestion.

2017-10-27T14:20:57-08:00August 9th, 2015|Fuel Tax, Funding, U.S. News, Vehicle Usage Fees, World News|

Oregon tries taxing drivers by the mile

The Hill »

The Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting the first program in the U.S. to test the efficacy of a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax. Using a system called MyOreGo, 5,000 volunteer drivers will have the option to track mileage using GPS or use odometer readings. The volunteer drivers will be charged 1.5 cents per mile driven on public roads, and will be offered a tax credit as reimbursement for the state gas tax.

2016-12-15T22:40:24-08:00June 1st, 2015|Oregon, Road Usage Charge, Roads|

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

The Boston Globe/Associated Press »

Oregon is embarking on a pilot program that charges drivers for miles driven, rather than the amount of fuel used. Up to 5,000 volunteer drivers will be charged 1.5 cents per mile traveled on public roads throughout the state of Oregon beginning July 1, 2015. The goal of the pilot program is to generate more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects as gasoline tax revenues continue to be inadequate due to inflation and greater fuel efficiency.

2016-12-15T22:40:44-08:00May 20th, 2015|Oregon, Road Usage Charge, Roads|
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