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Summary: Session 1
Implementation Pathways

Monday, June 13, 2011

PAUL SORENSEN, Moderator/Panelist (Bio)
RAND Corporation

JAMES WHITTY, Panelist (Bio)
Oregon Department of Transportation

DICK MUDGE, Panelist (Bio)
Delcan Corporation

BRUCE SCHALLER, Panelist (Bio)
New York City

The theme of the symposium was explored in the opening panel session on alternative transition pathways to MBUF implementation.

Paul Sorensen

Conceptual Frameworks for System Trials

The key questions that were generated during the discussion were:

Many states are looking at mileage-based user fee system trials from widely divergent viewpoints.

The three frameworks for analysis for approaching MBUF implementation are:

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James Whitty

PowerPoint Presentation: Oregon MBUF Electric Vehicle Implementation

A vision for implementing MBUF should include:

The most recent experience from Oregon demonstrated the difficultly in implementing mileage-based user fees on the State level.

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Dick Mudge

Principles of Mileage-Based User Fee Implementation

The focus for an implementation trial should:

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Bruce Schaller

PowerPoint Presentation: Voluntary Adoption Approach

The conversation with the public about financing a transportation system has to begin with a discussion on the value proposition for drivers, not led with a proposal for pricing. A good approach would be to talk about the issues that users directly experience. Pricing should illustrate the benefits of a new program, how credibly it will address the problem, and should only be used as a last resort.

How transportation professionals see the problem is different from how the public sees the problem.

The New York City DOT has recently posted a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) regarding the DriveSmart Program.  The program concept for the Drive Smart Program is to provide money-saving and time-saving benefits for drivers through in-vehicle and communications technologies.  The DriveSmart program will be a multi-jurisdictional, public-private program that will seek to integrate different components from the transportation system into integrated tools for users.

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