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UTCM Mileage-Based User Fees Website

This website offers information for professionals in the field of road user fees to advance the discussion of user-based fees as a potential replacement for the fuel tax. It includes proceedings from the UTCM-sponsored Mileage-Based User Fee Symposia (2009-2011), information and links on the topic of mileage-based user fees, and a link to the 2012 Mileage-Based User Fees and Transportation Finance Summit website.

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12.08.11 Why we should consider a per-mile road tax

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updated 7:52 AM EST, Thursday, December 8, 2011

12.05.11 As Washington Drags Its Feet, States Take the Lead on Mileage Fees

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By Neil Popwell | Permalink
Monday, December 5, 2011

12.05.11 As Washington Drags Its Feet, States Take the Lead on Mileage Fees

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By Thom Patterson, CNN | Permalink
updated 8:10 AM EST, Wednesday, December 7, 2011

11.16.11 Are Road Use Fees Just Too Creepy to Work?

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By Emily Badger | Permalink
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

09.27.11 Gas Tax Should Yield to Mile Fee as Cars Evolve

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By James Whitty | Permalink
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 7:00 PM CST

07.21.11 Nevada DOT seeks to replace fuel tax

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Updated Thursday, July 22, 2011 8:24 AM

06.11 Six Ideas for Fixing the Nation's Infrastructure Problems

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06.27.11 More efficient cars creating challenges for highway funding

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By Allen Best | Permalink
Monday, June 27, 2011 5:57 AM

03.08.11 Texas officials trying to revise gas tax

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12.17.10 Transportation Commission takes look at miles-driven tax method

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Fri, Dec 17, 2010, 5:00 PM | Permalink
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10.07.10 Tax on Vehicle Miles Traveled Gains Support, but Raises Orwellian Questions

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10.06.10 Miles Not Gallons Could Be Key to Road Upkeep

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Wed, Oct 10, 2010 | Permalink
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Fuel economy is a great idea, unless you're counting on the taxes that fuel sales generate to pay for something. Maybe there's a better way...

08.11.10 How electric cars could pull the plug on U.S. highway funding

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05.20.10 Mileage Fees Over Gas Taxes?

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04.21.10 Trucking group opposes Vehicle Miles Tax

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04.16.10 VMT fee should replace gas tax, ULI report suggests

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03.31.10 Council of State Governments publishes a VMT primer
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This month the Council of State Governments released "Focus On Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax: A Trends in America Special Report," as part of its "Trends in America" Policy Report series. The March 2010 report's section on "Public Acceptance and Unresolved Issues" references the UTCM Institutional Assessment by Goodin et al. and reviews the Oregon, Puget Sound and Iowa studies.

Aimed at state leaders, the Trends in America series examines the ways in which key issues are impacting states, how the issues are evolving and how states can respond - now and in the future.

The 2010 Trends in America Focus On Vehicle Miles Traveled issue is available on the CSG website as a PDF document.

03.29.10 Surface transportation innovations #77: New reports on VMT charging from TTI.

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Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy and Founder, Reason Foundation

02.07.10 Racking up miles? Maybe not.

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01.15.10 Mileage meters? Texans could get taxed by the mile
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Fri, Jan 15, 2010 11:19 pm | Permalink
By Ken Kalthoff

A tax on the miles you drive could be a way to pay for Texas roads in the future. Texas transportation planners are studying the idea of a "mileage meter" to help raise money. Cars built after 1999 have a computer port that can access many types of data about the vehicle. Progressive Insurance already offers a device that connects to that port for pay as you go rates...First Published: Jan 15, 2010 9:59 PM CST.

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01.14.10 Texas Transportation Institute's two weighty reports on network tolls
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Thu, Jan 14, 2010 12:38 am | Permalink

Peter Samuels reports on current research and nomenclature on mileage-based user fees, stating, "(The two TTI-UTCM) reports are a careful and systematic study done on the issues to be decided in any move toward net-tolls, perhaps the most detailed discussion of alternatives yet produced." Posted Thu, 2010-01-14, 3055 words.

01.05.10 VMT Primer by Goodin et al. published by TxDOT
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This December 2009 report provides an overview of vehicle mileage fees and reviews a number of different topics, including concerns with the current fuel tax system, experiences with alternative road pricing strategies including VMT fees, assessing, collecting, and enforcing vehicle mileage fees, public policy questions, and challenges to implementation. Access the report here.

12.28.09 San Antonio Express-News
Miles-traveled tax being scrutinized
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12.04.09 Dallas Morning News Transportation Blog
Hutchison points another finger at Perry on transport dollars
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05.29.09 The Newshour with Jim Lehrer


Some states are experimenting with controversial new taxes to pay for highway construction. Special correspondent Lee Hochberg reports from Oregon, where officials are looking into charging drivers a tax based on the number of miles they drive in lieu of a highly-debated gas tax.

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