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Meeting Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
8:00 - 10:30 Welcome and opening remarks
Overview of Symposium
Ginger Goodin, Texas Transportation Institute

U.S. Pilot Projects International Applications
10:45 - 11:30 Federal Perspective
Jim March, Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
Adrian Moore, Reason Foundation, National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission
1:00 - 2:00 Institutional Issues
This panel discussed the institutional issues surrounding a transition from the fuel tax towards a mileage-based user fees system as the primary means of funding transportation programs in the US. Among the many topics that were discussed: role of state and federal government, collection and distribution of funds, and phased implementation approaches.

MODERATOR: Lee Munnich, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Policy
  • James Whitty, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Ed Regan, Wilbur Smith Associates
  • Jerry Dike, Past International Board Chair, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
2:00 - 3:00 Public Acceptance
This panel featured individuals representing mileage-based user fee projects and research efforts who discussed public acceptance issues. The panel discussed ways of addressing public concerns with regards to mileage-based user fees and outline potential strategies for public education.

MODERATOR: Ginger Goodin, Texas Transportation Institute
3:15 - 4:30 Technology Applications
This panel discussed the various technology options available for future mileage-based user fee deployment. The systems discussed included technologies for mileage tabulation and fee transmission and the relationship between policy objectives and technological configurations.

MODERATOR: Kevin Balke, Texas Transportation Institute
4:30 - 5:30 State and Local Perspectives
This panel allowed local, state and national representatives to discuss their perspectives on the role of mileage-based user fees in addressing future transportation challenges as well as upcoming federal program reauthorizations.

MODERATOR: Steve Simmons, Texas Department of Transportation

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Day 2 - Wednesday, April 15, 2009
8:00 - 9:30 Stakeholder Perspectives
This panel afforded representatives of various stakeholder groups an opportunity to provide symposium attendees with their perspectives on mileage-based user fees.

MODERATOR: Lee Munnich, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Policy
9:45 - 11:45 The Path Forward
Robert Johns, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Katherine Turnbull, Texas Transportation Institute

This session featured an interactive discussion with symposium participants focusing on implementation direction and specific areas for research, development and demonstration:
  • What are the greatest challenges or barriers to transitioning from the fuel tax to a per-mile fee?
  • What would the transition look like and who would lead?
  • What additional research, testing and demonstration are needed?
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
Recap of Major Themes of the Symposium
David Ungemah, Texas Transportation Institute

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