AASHTO Journal, 7 February 2014
The Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance this week announced it has opened registration for its national conference, which will focus on the mileage-based user fee option for sustainable transportation financing.
The one-day conference, held on March 12 in Washington, D.C., will feature several special sessions, including a special panel on mileage-based user fee impressions from the auto industry, a perspective on the financing option from states, an interactive session on “debunking mileage-based user fee myths,” and a keynote address from Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
“As gas tax revenues dwindle, policymakers in the U.S. have had to divert billions from the general fund to pay for infrastructure. This is increasing pressure on transportation policy makers to search for new, viable road financing mechanisms,” according to MBUFA. “The conference will focus on why mileage-based fees are the most viable option and how they are working now.”
MBUFA was formed in 2010 to bring together transportation leaders in government, business, and academia to discuss the potential for mileage-based user fees as an option for future transportation funding. MBUFA focuses on creating “a constructive learning environment and policy space for collaboration and networking” for those interested in this financing option while promoting research to test the system.