Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Fee in Oregon, USA

Check out the recent article on "Ten Questions (and Answers) About Oregon’s New VMT Charge" on DC.STREETBLOG.ORG.
"Will a VMT charge better match the needs of the system than the gas tax? Mostly, yes. Fuel consumption used to be a reasonably good proxy for road use, but it isn’t anymore. Charging people directly for their use of the roads makes more sense. If revenues go down, it will be because people are driving less, and therefore creating less wear and tear on the roads, as well as less demand for system expansion. It’s not perfect, though: Lightly used roads will still get beaten up by severe weather, and plants will still show up in the cracks."

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