Minnesota Distance Based User Fee Demonstration

Principal Investigator(s):

Frank Douma, Director, State & Local Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Adeel Lari, Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow (Retired), Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Zhirong Zhao, Former U of M Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

The State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) and the Institute for Urban & Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF), both located at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HHH), will partner with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota Department of Revenue to conduct a 12-month Distance Based User Fee (DBUF) demonstration that utilizes existing technologies embedded within Shared Mobility (SM) fleet vehicles and connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) to automatically calculate and collect the fees. SM providers will continue to collect monies from their customers as part of their normal business operations, while researchers from HHH, MnDOT and its partners will evaluate the demonstration to assess how well the demonstration met objectives, challenges that had to be overcome, the potential to deploy this model on a broader scale, and policy recommendations for Minnesota legislature to consider.

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