End of the Road for Gas Taxes: The Case for Switching to Road User Charges
Thursday, April 25, 2019
10:00--11:30 AM EDT
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515
America has long paid for its surface transportation system with gas taxes. But while traffic demands have continued to increase, technological advances are changing the revenue equation: More fuel-efficient gas and diesel engines, plus an influx of hybrid and electric vehicles, means less revenue per mile traveled. The shortfall is readily apparent to all in the form of potholes spreading like a pox across the country’s deteriorating infrastructure. Recognizing this situation is unsustainable, federal and state policymakers are increasingly expressing interest in switching to a “road user charge” system (RUC) that uses technology to log the mileage of cars and trucks and charge them accordingly. As Congress debates surface transportation policy—and considers the merits of moving forward with an RUC system—it is important to dispel myths shaping the RUC debate, including that it would make rural drivers to pay more and would be a threat to privacy.
Please join ITIF for the release of a new report—“A Policymaker’s Guide to Road User Charges”—and an expert panel discussion that will delve into the myths and realities of RUC systems and what Congress should do to enable progress.
Register by clicking here: https://itif.org/events/2019/04/25/end-road-gas-taxes-case-switching-road-user-charges