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Michigan Considers Mileage-Based Road Usage Fee Pilot Program

Exploring alternative road funding options is a priority for Michigan legislators to make up the state’s road funding gap.

May 8, 2024 - Bridge Michigan

E-Z Trip gas station in Bakersfield, California with orange awning over regular gas pumps and Tesla superchargers with white Teslas charging in foreground.

California Poised to Lose Up to $4 Billion in Gas Tax Revenue

States must find other ways to fund transportation projects as the transportation sector moves toward decarbonization.

January 3, 2024 - Cap Radio

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Connecticut Approves $1.1 Billion in Transit Funding

The state bond funding unlocks up to $2.5 billion in federal transportation funds.

October 9, 2023 - Office of Governor Ned Lamont

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Utah Approves $14 Billion Transportation Program

The largest investment in the state’s history reflects Utah’s rapid growth.

September 13, 2023 - Mass Transit

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Road Funding Options: The Alternative to the Alternative

The inverse relationship between electric vehicle sales and gasoline tax revenues has caused the federal government and many states to investigate mileage fees as an alternative funding option to fuel taxes. Iowa is going a different route.

July 24, 2023 - Clean Energy Districts of Iowa

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Utah to Test Personalized Road Usage Pricing

A pilot program will use GPS-enabled devices to track driving habits, allowing cities to use the data to create road pricing fee structures based on hyper-local and individual driving needs.

July 13, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Ohio Budget Could Fund Rural Roads, Ban Center Bike Lanes

Amendments proposed in the state budget would also prohibit automated traffic enforcement and allow residents to travel to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean with Real IDs in lieu of passports.

February 23, 2023 - The Plain Dealer

Freeway Interchange Construction

Infrastructure Funding Could Lead to Higher Carbon Emissions

Billions in federal infrastructure funding slated to go to states with few strings attached could fund roadway construction and widening projects that will raise greenhouse gas emissions and worsen climate change.

February 13, 2022 - The New York Times

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San Diego County Weighs VMT Proposal

San Diego County could tax developers based on projected vehicle miles traveled as part of a new CEQA requirement that replaces Level of Service with VMT.

February 4, 2022 - KUSI

I-84 to I-5 Interstate Freeway in Portland Oregon with Long Exposure Vehicle Traffic Motion

Oregon Youth Activists Protest Highway Expansion

A group of young climate activists are demanding an end to traffic-inducing road expansion projects and a renewed commitment to sustainable, transit-oriented transportation.

January 27, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

110-10 Interchange

California Governor Proposes Break on Gas Tax Hike

Governor Newsom has urged the state to give residents a 'gas tax holiday' by avoiding this summer's pending increase in the state's fuel tax.

January 13, 2022 - KTLA

Toll Road

Texas Ends Contract With Toll Road Operator

Citing "lackluster service," the department will be seeking a new technology provider.

August 31, 2021 - Houston Chronicle

Road Construction

Proposed Colorado Rule Calls for Mitigating Climate Effects of Road Projects

State and local agencies would be tasked with evaluating and offsetting the carbon emissions caused by new transportation projects.

August 20, 2021 - Colorado Public Radio

Dublin, California Freeway

Innovative Road Funding Pilot Program Advances in California

State Sen. Scott Wiener authored legislation dubbed the Gas Tax Alternative Pilot to extend the California Road Charge Program that completed its pilot in 2017. The program takes on more significance with the 2035 sales ban of gas-powered vehicles.

June 14, 2021 - Office of California State Senator Scott Wiener

 Interstate 275 southbound at the w:Interstate96 split and M-14 junction

Detroit-Area I-275 Project Set to Start Work in July

MDOT will begin to repair and modernize a 24-mile segment of Interstate 275 this summer.

June 11, 2021 - HometownLife

Washington State Electric Car Infrastructure

A Green Governor Vetoes Electric Vehicle Legislation

Washington Gov. Jay Insee distinguished himself in the 2020 presidential Democratic primary as the "climate candidate," yet he vetoed a section of a transportation electrification bill that set a goal of ending sales of gas-powered cars by 2030.

May 19, 2021 - Electrek

Interstate 80

Wyoming Legislation Would Add Tolls to Interstate 80

A new bill would grant the Wyoming Transportation Commission the authority to impose tolls on all lanes of over 400 miles of I-80 to fund infrastructure needs on the roadway.

January 17, 2020 - CDLLife.com

Freeway Construction

Analysis of U.S. DOT BUILD Grants Raises Critical Issues About Spending Priorities

Transportation for America is crunching the numbers on how the Trump administration has shifted transportation funding programs since it took over the TIGER grant program and made it into the BUILD grant program.

April 30, 2019 - Transportation for America

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Ore. Voters Will Be Asked to Reauthorize Gas Tax in May 2020

Originally approved by 52 percent of voters in May 2016, the 4-year, 10 cents per gallon city gas tax has outperformed revenue projections. Funds are split between road maintenance and bike and pedestrian projects.

March 30, 2019 - The Oregonian

Vermont SUV

New Hampshire Bills Target Vehicles That Don't Guzzle Enough Fuel

Two bills target hybrid and electric vehicles and even fuel efficient vehicles with new registration fees to increase road funding, as nine states did last year. However, many of those states also hiked gas taxes in the same legislation.

January 5, 2018 - New Hampshire Public Radio

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