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Road Usage Charge Pilot Program Preliminary Findings (Oregon DOT, 2013)

The objective of the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program is to demonstrate several choices for measuring and paying a road usage charge that are easy for motorists to perform while maintaining an efficient collection system administered by multiple interoperable providers, including ODOT and

Report on Impacts of Road Usage Charges in Rural, Urban and Mixed Counties (Oregon DOT, 2013)

This report represents the study of impacts of road usage charges in rural, urban, and mixed counties in Oregon. The prospect of an Oregon road usage charge has faced questions regarding the policy’s relative impacts on urban and rural residents. The central concern of stakeholders is the

Delivering on the Promise: Improving the Performance of Massachusetts Transportation Agencies (SSTI and Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, 2013)

SSTI performed a program review of MassDOT’s three-year-old reorganization and consolidation to document efficiencies and better outcomes achieved, as well as continuing challenges and opportunities for improvement. The full report can be downloaded here.

Virginia governor proposes scrapping gas tax, raising sales tax to fund transportation

By Eric Sundquist Most discussion of possible solutions to the problem of stagnant gas tax revenues has focused on increasing user fees in some way – e.g., by raising fuel taxes, adding tolls, and/or adding VMT-based fees. The Minnesota Transportation Finance Advisory Committee called for all

Wisconsin is most recent state to consider mileage-based user fee

By Robbie Webber Wisconsin is the most recent state to consider a mileage-based user fee (MBUF). The Transportation Finance and Policy Commission, created as part of the 2011-2013 biennial budget, recommended consideration of the fee in addition to current gas taxes, licensing, and registration

The Language of Mobility (AASHTO, 2011)

As a supplement to Making the Case for Transportation Investment and Revenue, AASHTO produced materials which update their case studies and present tips for successful communication strategies to talk about transportation funding and revenue. The Language of Mobility: The New Language of Highway

Building Public Support to Fund Preservation Work (Spitfire Strategies, 2012)

The Iowa Department of Transportation asked SSTI for assistance building public support for a gas tax increase to fund critical repair and maintenance work. SSTI contracted with Spitfire Strategies, a strategic communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and foundations, to help

How do we get “everyday Americans” to support transportation funding?

By Beth Kanter  Despite the fact that everyone uses some mode of transportation, a recent article in Governing Magazine explored the transportation community’s failure to engage “everyday Americans” in the need for transportation investments. There is too much at stake – jobs, money,

New report proposes ways to increase municipal infrastructure investment

By Glenn  Halstead  A new report from IBM argues that the health of the country depends on the health of our cities. However, the current “business model” of most local governments is not sustainable in the current environment of budget cuts and little to no local revenue growth. Local

Report of Minnesota’s Mileage-Based User Fee Policy Task Force (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 2011)

Over a period of six months, the Task Force, appointed by Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel, discussed and evaluated the overall MBUF concept and related issues, determined benefits and concerns, considered potential system design options and preferences and formulated