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Symposium Summary documents

Full Summary
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Session 1: Implementation Pathways

Session 2: Public and Political Acceptance

Session 3: Policy Issues

Session 4: State of the Practice: Demonstration Projects

Session 5: User Perspectives

Session 6: Roles of the Public and Private Sector

Session 7: Perspectives from Taxation and Revenue Agencies

Session 8: Interactive Discussion

Findings from the Third National Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees, by Nicholas Wood, Ginger Goodin and Richard T. Baker
Prepared for submission to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 2012.
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June 15th Workshop Proceedings:
Summary of Workshop on Integrating PAYD Insurance and Mileage-Based Road User Fees

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Summary: Session 2
Public and Political Acceptance

Monday, June 13, 2011

LEE MUNNICH, Moderator (Bio)
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

ALEX HERRGOTT, Panelist (Bio)
US Senate Minority, Environment and Public Works Committee

JAYETTA HECKER, Panelist (Bio)
Bipartisan Policy Center

NICK FARBER, Panelist (Bio)
National Conference of State Legislatures

KAREN WHITE, Panelist (Bio)
Federal Highway Administration, Office of Policy

PAUL HANLEY, Panelist (Bio)
Public Policy Center, University of Iowa

This session featured a moderated discussion representing federal and state political perspectives and new federal research on mileage-based user fees.

Alex Herrgott

Congressional Perspectives

The path toward adoption of vehicle-mileage fees is made difficult due to the process for gaining political acceptance.

Differences in political equity across state boundaries are apparent under the current fuel tax. For example, Vermont residents have an average fuel efficiency of 24.58 mph and an average monthly gas tax of $78 per month. Wyoming residents have an average efficiency of 13.69 mph and an average gas tax payment of $134 per month, due to a greater share of older and higher powered vehicles.

The three frameworks for analysis for approaching MBUF implementation are:

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JayEtta Hecker

Emerging Policy Issues

The Equity with the current gas tax system need to be better explained to the public and political stakeholders.

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Nick Farber

State Legislative Perspectives

Other States have been considering mileage-based user fees as a revenue collection system.

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Karen White

USDOT Technology Scan

The Federal Highway Administration is currently conducting a technology scan of mileage-based user fee applications.

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Paul Hanley

PowerPoint Presentation: Public Opinion and Policy Research

From the University of Iowa Study, a National Evaluation of a New Approach to Assessing Road User Charges:

The public can start to gain trust in mileage-based user fees if they have the chance to try and test a pilot system that is currently in operation.

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