road use charge
Oregon is pushing ahead with a plan for road use charges (RUC) with a Road Usage Charge Summit scheduled for November 13 to 15 in Portland. The pursuit of a simple, single RUC system in Oregon has proven a dead-end. After two pilot programs and years of public debate Oregon DOT is pursuing a diversified approach allowing drivers many options for the charges they pay and the technology used.
Some topics for the 2013 Oregon Summit:
- objectives and policy implications of the Road Usage Charge Program
- proposed system architecture
2013-07-08: There will be different views about Oregon's RUC. IBTTA likes it. Patrick D. Jones is quoted in a statement today as saying the bill’s passage is "a major victory for alternative forms of transportation funding across the country at both the state and federal level."
Oregon legislature enables road use charge (RUC) of 1.5c/mile to start as voluntary scheme July 2015
2013-07-08:The Oregon legislature has passed SB810 authorizing up to 5,000 vehicles' owners to pay a 1.5c/mile, 0.9c/km road use charge (RUC) and get equivalent gasoline tax refunded. The bill passed the Oregon senate 24 to 6 and the state house 48 to 12. The governor has supported the plan and is considered certain to sign the bill into law.
An impressive 28 companies have officially expressed interest in the Oregon-organized Road Use Charge Pilot Project (RUCPP), designed to demonstrate operation of various RUC (road use charge) technologies. This makes them eligible to make proposals and to seek contracts to participate.
Bob Poole has been at it a long time and no one puts the case with more force - the case for running highways as businesses. We quote from his conclusion in a recent Reason magazine piece that deserves to be read in full:
Skymeter's Bern Grush calls it TDP pricing - standing for charges that involve measures of Time, Distance, Place. Others call them vehicle-miles fees or mileage charges. Sometimes they become VMT charges for Vehicle Miles Traveled. Others again call them road user charges or road use charges, hence RUCs. Texas Transportation Institute scholars call them Mileage Based User Fees, MBUFs.
Engineers at the University of Minnesota (UMinn) have devised a plug-in device for measuring vehicle-miles traveled and logging it for road use charges (RUC) that they say could be deployed near-term. The system makes use of an electronic processor and memory that can be plugged into an existing vehicle data bus via a Data Link Connector plug, and which uses cellphone data links.
Attendees at the ITS America annual conference at National Harbor Maryland say they are very encouraged by Obama administration officials' interest in road pricing and other ITS technologies. Ken Philmus, ITSA board member and a toll industry veteran now with ACS, says US officials have been attending the conference and inviting ITS people in large numbers.
US House Transportation chair Rep James Oberstar is attempting to backtrack from his recent advocacy of swift action to institute a national vehicle-miles charge. He has had an aide claim the press "mistook" him.
The aide John Schadl put out a statement this week as follows:
House transportation committee chairman James Oberstar is hot for implementing a vehicle-miles charge to take over from the failing gasoline tax as part of the next 5-year federal financing bill, the XYZ-TEA. In a back and forth with Rep Earl Blumenauer (Dem OR) in a committee hearing Tuesday April 29 Oberstar said that a VMT (vehicle miles traveled) charge was something "we have to do" and is "going to be done."