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Western Road Usage Charge Consortium Awards Road Usage Charge Roadmap to D’Artagnan

For Immediate Release

Eleven states will collaborate to study and adapt best practices from
successful road usage charge efforts around the globe

Reston, VA — January 28, 2016 — The Western Road Usage Charge Consortium (WRUCC) has awarded a contract to D’Artagnan to develop a roadmap for states to consider road usage charges. In recent years, road usage charging (RUC), has grown in popularity among state government officials in search of long-term solutions to address declining gas tax revenues. However, there is no known resource that synthesizes prior efforts to study or implement RUC, examines their effectiveness, or translates these experiences into lessons learned. The D’Artagnan Team will draw on its extensive work supporting RUC efforts globally to provide a comprehensive analysis of past experiences, successes,
failures, and lessons learned to assist nascent efforts to formulate distance based charging strategies. Eleven WRUCC member states will participate in the study, whose outputs will include a synthesis report of policy development approaches and processes. In addition, D’Artagnan will create and customize a decision tool for agencies and policy makers to utilize in guiding the development of RUC policies in their own jurisdictions.

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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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D’Artagnan Awarded Study of Certification for Multi-State Road Usage Charging

Study includes research into best practices and preferred structure for certification in a Road Usage Charge System Available to Multiple States

Reston, VA — September 29, 2015 — D’Artagnan has been awarded a study of Road Usage Charge system/vendor certification for the Western Road Usage Charge Consortium (WRUCC), a voluntary group of twelve state Departments of Transportation undertaking collaborative research into topics related to road usage charging. This pool-funded, multi-state research study features two key phases of collaborative research with participating states. The first phase researches and identifies key attributes, best practices, benefits and challenges for certification in a Road Usage Charge system available to multiple states. The second phase comprises further research with participating states to develop a potential certification system structure available to multiple states, including review of certification system scenarios (open and closed models), staffing options, options for lab testing and self-certification, approaches to device certification, methods for service/process certification and certification system governance.

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Washington State Transportation Commission awards Road Usage Charge study to D’Artagnan, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Berk Consulting

For Immediate Release

Study will continue evaluating a road usage charge as an alternative to the motor vehicle fuel tax.

Reston, VA — September 18, 2015. Parsons Brinkerhoff, in conjunction with D’Artagnan and Berk Consulting, have been awarded a contract with the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC), to continue the evaluation and assessment of a road usage charge as an alternative to the motor vehicle fuel tax to fund investments in transportation. The evaluation will be conducted under guidance from a 25-member Road Usage Charge Steering Committee, a select group of public officials, private industry representatives and transportation stakeholders appointed by the WSTC.  Several tasks will be covered, including an assessment of recent road usage charge funding initiatives around the U.S. and internationally; a revised financial evaluation of road usage charging; a review and analysis of legal, operational and policy issues that must be resolved before a road usage charge system could be implemented in Washington; and design options for a future public demonstration project. The Steering Committee’s recommendations will be provided in a report to the WSTC, who will consider the recommendations and forward the final report to the Governor’s office and the transportation committees of the State House of Representatives and the State Senate in December 2015.

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D’Artagnan Wins Specialist Consulting Services Contract for Main Roads Western Australia Heavy Vehicle Charge Project

For Immediate Release

Effort provides worldwide best practices for policy development and project implementation for Western Australia’s first heavy vehicle charge project

Reston, VA — August 21, 2015. D’Artagnan has been awarded a contract to support Main Roads Western Australia introducing a Heavy Vehicle Charge (HVC) on a 50-mile (85-km) freight route between Fremantle Port and Perth’s strategic industrial areas. The Perth Freight Link project provides a free flowing, fully grade separated, high productivity freight roadway connection for light and heavy vehicles; and is the largest infrastructure investment in Western Australia totaling over A$1.6 billion dollars ($1.1 billion). The project will introduce a distance-based user charge on heavy vehicles over 4.5 tons and generate revenue to repay a portion of the capital costs of the project (with the rest being provided by State and Federal contributions), and provide a sustainable source of funds to maintain and renew the corridor while providing funds for other projects to enhance road freight productivity. D’Artagnan is supporting Main Roads Western Australia’s Heavy Vehicle Charge project by initially providing a report on worldwide best practice for road charging. This report brings together experience of jurisdictions around the world in implementing similar systems. The nature and scope of the Perth Freight Link Heavy Vehicle Charge project is similar to systems developed for projects of a larger in network scale such that the principles and issues remain the same.

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D’Artagnan is Awarded a Support Contract for California's Road Charging Pilot Program

For Immediate Release

Effort spans 4 years, includes policy development and pilot implementation.

Reston, VA — April 24, 2015 — D’Artagnan Consulting has been awarded a contract with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as the State of California seeks to implement one of the nation’s most ambitious per-mile road charging study and pilot efforts to date. Senate Bill 1077, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014, directed a study to implement, evaluate, and report back to lawmakers on a pilot test of road charging methods before June 30, 2018. D’Artagnan is providing direct support to Caltrans to achieve the objectives of the legislation. In the initial phase, D’Artagnan and Caltrans will work with the California Transportation Commission in support of the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee, a task force that will recommend pilot program design and evaluation criteria. In future years, D’Artagnan and Caltrans will work closely to implement the recommendations of the task force and fulfill other legislative objectives.

In the first phase of this effort, D’Artagnan is working with partners Lucas Public Affairs of Sacramento, CA; DHM Research of Portland, OR; and PRR of Seattle, WA.

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D’Artagnan Wins Support Contract for WRUCC Project Development

For Immediate Release

Effort spans 4 years, includes collaborative research into systems and policy development of road usage charging

Reston, VA — April 17, 2015 — D’Artagnan has been awarded a contract to support the Western Road Usage Charge Consortium (WRUCC), a voluntary group of twelve state Departments of Transportation. D’Artagnan will undertake collaborative research into policy and system development of new transportation funding methods that involve collecting a road usage charge (RUC) from drivers based on distance traveled on the roadway network. D’Artagnan will investigate, develop, and potentially demonstrate various aspects of RUC as directed by WRUCC members. This pool-funded, multi-state project will feature both electronic and non-electronic data and revenue collection systems, including technologies necessary to ensure an effective, enforceable, and interoperable system across participating WRUCC jurisdictions as well as means of achieving interoperability using non-electronic methods. D’Artagnan may also provide strategic planning and risk management services to foster expansion of RUC policy, systems, and a commercial market in the WRUCC jurisdictions. As the market leader in innovative transportation funding and RUC, D’Artagnan is very pleased to work with WRUCC to examine collaborative approaches to funding reform and modernization for the western region of the U.S.

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