Implementing Distance-Based User Fees as a Replacement for the Fuel Tax - FY10 TechPlan

Principal Investigator:

Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Co-Investigators:

  • Ferrol Robinson, Research Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Zhirong Zhao, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project Summary:

This project developed ideas for shifting from a financing system for surface transportation based on the fuel tax to one that is based on vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) or distance-based user fees. The study built upon research conducted by the nonprofit global policy think tank RAND with the University of Minnesota for a National Cooperative Highway Research Program study, as well as University of Minnesota policy development work for Congressman Oberstar, to identify the best ways of moving toward a VMT fee system in the U.S. The study examined the current fuel-tax funding system versus a distance-based user fee system using a set of principles that could lay the groundwork for an extensive public outreach effort.

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