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Hawaii Department of Transportation Selects D’Artagnan to Support Feasibility Study of Statewide Road Usage Charging

For Immediate Release

HDOT will assess feasibility of road usage charging as an alternative to gas taxes, based on financial, policy, and administrative analysis and consultation with stakeholders

Reston, VA — January 14, 2016 — Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has awarded a contract to D’Artagnan to conduct a statewide feasibility study of mileage-based user fees, also known as road usage charges (RUC). Expected declines in gas tax revenue at the state and federal levels have motivated HDOT to explore RUC as a possible funding source to ensure the future provision of the safe and efficient roadways that the public relies on. D’Artagnan will research and analyze the current road finance situation and trends in Hawaii, evaluate policy issues including issues unique to Hawaii, and consider administrative alternatives for implementing RUC, all in close consultation with HDOT and key stakeholders. The study will provide all inputs necessary for HDOT to make a robust feasibility determination that it can report to the state Legislature.

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Hoover Institution Golden State Poll: Californians Have Their Eye On Water And Jobs, Wary Of Mileage Tax

CREDIT: Hoover Institute, Stanford University, December 2015

As California begins a new year and a hectic legislative session in Sacramento, a new Golden State Poll conducted by the Stanford University-based Hoover Institution finds California’s voters most concerned with the ongoing drought and the state’s economic recovery. The survey tested three items that will be debated in California in 2016: a mileage tax on automobiles, Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta water-tunnel proposal, and whether funds from the construction of California’s high-speed rail should be diverted to other infrastructure projects. By a two-to-one margin (56-27 percent), voters opposed replacing the current state gasoline tax with a mileage tax. Given more information about privacy concerns associated with validating miles driven, opposition grew to 65 percent.

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Replacing the Gas Tax to Stabilize Road Funding

CREDIT: Loren Kaye, Fox & Hounds Daily, January 2016

Loren Kaye indicated that one of the few recent initiatives to improve California’s economic base was left undone when the Legislature recessed this fall without addressing transportation finance. But no matter how the special session is resolved, the fundamental structure of transportation finance is unsustainable. He indicates that he was a member of the TAC and supports the TAC recommendations.

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State seeks more drivers for pay-by-mile tax test

CREDIT: The Newberg Graphic, October 2015

A state pilot program launched in July to charge Oregon drivers based on the amount they drive has roughly 900 participants, mostly in the Portland metropolitan area.

But officials had hoped to enroll up to 5,000 people in the pay-by-the-mile program, the first of its kind in the nation. Participants sign up with one of three private vendors, then install an electronic device that enables the company to track mileage and collect fees.

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The world’s largest GNSS toll has begun

CREDIT: Justin Hamilton, PTOLEMUS Consulting Group, November 2015

Despite an extremely short time frame, numerous protests from hauliers and a complex registration process, the Russian nationwide HGV toll is beginning its first week of operation. In record time, the Russian Federal Road Agency (RFRA) and concessionaire RT-Invest have delivered the largest tolled network and the most extensive GNSS based road charging scheme in the world. We take a look at how the programme has developed and how last-minute disruption by HGV drivers threatened to bring the project to a standstill, forcing a number of concessions and last-minute amendments.

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California Pay-By-Mile Program Will Include Trucks

CREDIT: David Elfin, Transport Topics, October 2015

California officials said they still are seeking volunteers, including truckers, to participate in a pay-by-mile test program scheduled to begin in July.

“Trucks put so many miles on our roads that we thought it was important for them to be included in our pilot program,” said Carrie Pourvahidi, manager for the Road Charge Program, which is being jointly administered by the California State Transportation Agency and the California Transportation Commission.

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Network Premiere

CREDIT: Lauren Dyson, Traffic Technology International, August/September 2015

It is no secret that transportation funding in the USA is at crisis point. The Highway Trust Fund, which is the source of more than 50% of highway, bridge and roadway infrastructure investments made by state governments, is reliant on receiving a fuel tax of 18.4 cents/gallon of gasoline and 24.4 cents/gallon of diesel, plus related excise taxes. However, with greater fuel efficiency from internal combustion engines, as well as the growing popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles and green incentives changing traveling behavior, revenues from tax are falling. Furthermore, the gas tax hasn’t increased since 1993, despite rising infrastructure costs. The result is that a lack of substantial long-term federal funding has left many state authorities with no choice but to cancel or delay critical construction and road infrastructure projects.

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Better solutions than gas tax to fix roads

CREDIT: Rod Richards, Portland Tribune, October 2015

Transportation is fueled by gasoline, diesel, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, LPG, hydrogen fuel-cells, electrics and human-powered bicycles. All of these vehicles use the roads, and all of them should pay for road repair, pure and simple. To fund Portland’s road repair based on a gasoline tax only is shortsighted, unfair and misses a number of funding opportunities.

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Study underway to reassess gas tax

CREDIT: Mike PolhamusVTdigger.com, October 2015

Another source of money is needed to pay for road maintenance and improvement, and a study is underway to figure out what it should be.

Vermonters are driving fewer miles and using less gasoline, and the resulting decrease in gas tax revenue is draining transportation funding, a state transportation official said Friday at a renewable energy conference in Burlington.

Environmental groups, business interests and state agencies will meet in upcoming weeks to brainstorm a list of potential new taxes and fees to make up the difference, Vermont Agency of Transportation’s environmental policy manager, Gina Campoli, said.

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