Section 6020 of the recently passed FAST Act authorizes for the first time a federal program to study alternative sources of revenue to the gas tax for funding surface transportation. $95 million in funds are to be provided to states to demonstrate user-fee structure revenue systems to help maintain the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
As gas taxes dwindle, policymakers in the U.S. have had to divert billions of dollars from the general fund and other non-transportation funds to pay for infrastructure. This is increasing pressure on transportation policymakers to search for new, viable road financing mechanisms. Currently, a number of states are conducting or planning mileage-based user fee pilot projects.
The Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance holds workshops throughout the year to educate and inform thought leaders on using mileage-based user fees as a viable financial basis for funding transportation infrastructure.
To learn more or request a workshop in your state, contact us.